Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 09:59 GMT

When printing presses were made of wood [+vid]

On Wednesday a reproduction of a 500 year old press will be unveiled at St Bride Foundation in London for an illustrated talk on one of the first printing presses created.

Historian and craftsman Alan May will be talking about the wooden hand press he has built based on the drawings made of a machine used by the German artist Albrecht Duerer.

May was keen to recreate Duerer’s press and so at the home of printing near Fleet Street he will describe the process of making the press and demonstrating it

Duerer was of course more than simply an artist. A self-made man, certainly a Teutonic Renaissance man and inventor he was also considered to be a painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist. He pioneered the use of engraving and printing limited edition prints, illustrated books and commercial artworks as well has creating some of the most stunning drawings and engravings of his era.

May was keen to recreate Duerer’s press and so at the home of printing near Fleet Street he will describe the process of making the press and demonstrating it.

The event starts at 6pm at the St Bride Foundation Printing Workshop, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.



This is a short film about the St Bride Foundation

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