Saturday, 23 July 2011

Intaglio . Getting started

I retired to Brittany in the north of France from the U.K about 5 years ago and after finishing the restoration of my house,I have been thinking about setting up a small print workshop.I have always been interested in art since school days especially sketching and thought i might try some linocuts and etching.
On a recent trip back to the U.K I made a trip to Lawrence print supplies in Hove for some advice and came away with a basic kit to get me started.I could'nt wait to get back home to try out my new found hobby.
After a while it became apparent that a press would be needed to achieve the sort of results that I was looking for.These of course are very expensive items and funds would not permit such a purchase.
Having studied a few catalogues I came to the conclusion that if I wanted a press I would have to make one.
I have spent most of my life in engineering so this was not such a daunting prospect.The problem was getting hold of a supply of materials in France ,although my french is improving, buying materials is a bit different to buying food at your local supermarket.
I managed to source some 95mm steel rollers from a friend .These came from a timber mill and seemed ideal for the job in hand.The frame i decided would be made from box section and would be welded together to form the support for the rollers.
Press taking shape
This photo shows the bottom frame,bearings and bottom roller being trial fitted.
While I am waiting for more material to arrive,i have decided to do some work on the copper sheet i have in the workshop.It is a bit scratched so i am in the process of cutting it up into smaller pieces and starting the labourious process of sanding and polishing each piece so that i will have some sheets to get started on.

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