Theory and Practice at TOTC 3

Type on the Cob

Image by Meghan Paine of Iron Heart Workshops

Though summer is in full swing, we are already looking forward towards this September’s Type on the Cob gathering in Mt Pleasant, Iowa. This quiet corner of Iowa might seem like an unusual choice for a wayzgoose. But the campus of Midwest Old Threshers holds one of the largest collections of working letterpress equipment in the U.S.: three Windmills, two Vandercooks, numerous handpresses and platens, a steam-powered Babcock, and a working giant of a press, the mythical Miehle 00. Plus a ruling machine, metal and wood type, and more.

This flexible space allows us the unique chance to gather many printers, from beginner to professional, to work together under the same roof. And that’s what we’ll do Wednesday and Thursday of the conference.

One of the most popular features of the early conferences were the panel discussions, so we’ve brought those back for Friday the 16th. There’ll be talks on navigating running a business as a one-person shop; scaling your shop up to support numerous jobs; the clarifying power of deadlines; fabulous post-printing finishing techniques; and a recent international collaborative sonnet-printing project. Plus two night-shift talks after dinner Wednesday and Thursday! It’s going to be an info-packed, inky long weekend.

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