So I just bought my first letterpress machine and it’s an Adana 8×5. I’ve read quite a lot about the Adanas and that they are great machines to start practicing letterpress on.
I got a great deal on it as it was from an attic clear out from someone’s old set-up. It came with random wooden furniture, leads, eight different sets of type, little hand tools and other stuff I have to figure out what to do with.
Some say that if you want to get into letterpress to take a class BEFORE you buy all the equipment, but I did it the other way around. I’ve been playing around with everything and have learned so much just by trying to make my first ‘print’. I think hands on is the best way to learn, but I still think I need to get some hands on learning from an experienced letterpresser.
Here is a photo of the very first thing I printed. I had no idea how to use spacing (quads and ems) or what leads were and I didn’t have any ink. I will probably look back at this years from now and be embarassed, but we all have to start somewhere! I organized my name in the composing stick (which I also didn’t know how to use). And to get some sort of color, I just grabbed the closest marker–which was a blue highlighter. It may be pretty shabby, but I think it was a great first try:
Hopefully, I’ll be able to look at these posts and see how much I’ve improved. Watch this space…