Wood Art #8: Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 04-04-2010 03:48 AM 1952 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While not particularly woodworking, he uses wood in many of his jigs and clamps and presses. Too, he calls his operation “Quercus Press,” and Quercus, as we all know is the genus of the oak trees. It looks like the covers are glued over white oak boards as well. Moreover, though, this video is simply a maker’s dream. From the old linotype machine whirring and clanking away to line up type as he presses keys, to the vaults of old engravings he gained access to, to the many clever, old-world machines and techniques he and his helpers used to print up his tome, my eyes were wide with info overload and joy through the whole thing. I suspect many of you will enjoy it every bit as much, and so I share.

Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.

Deluxe editions – 26 in all – went for $4600 a pop. He had a few cheaper alternatives from there, all still expensive. Affordable reproductions – regular, machine-made books with reproduced contents – are only about $35.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 04:01 AM

And I thought 10 minutes of sanding was time consuming, impressive!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 05:17 AM

Good find Gary. Can you believe how complex bookmaking was? No wonder there were so few and they were only for the rich. I bet even today, if there was more information out there about the process like this video, high quality products like books, furniture, art objects, well anything, it would be a lot easier to justify the price for quality.

-- Jim

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 05:56 AM

Interesting, lot of work to make a book!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 06:31 AM

I am absolutely blown away. that is an amazing amount of work. thanks

-- LAS,

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 02:09 PM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 02:38 PM

That was really neat. My mind is just whirring.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 07:29 PM

wow That is amazing. My Grandpa was a printer, my dad also printed a book once, i remember putting the printed pages together to assemble the book. It was nowhere near this elaborate. In this day an age I am glad to see this art is till alive.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 01:57 PM

amazing, handwork when it´s best

thank´s for sharing


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#9 posted 05-04-2010 05:00 AM


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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