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Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit: Creating the Print

Steven Lee-Davis' Process for Creating the Lincoln Print

Step One


First Identify the reference image, make numerous sketches in pencil and pen, and then redraw the image onto the block. In this case, I am using a 4 by 6 inch maple block that has been milled to .918 of an inch and sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper.

Step Four


After completing the cutting of the block and proof printing it, I turn to type setting. In this case, I am setting the text by hand using metal type. Since the letters are stuck backwards and I am setting upside down, I really do need to mind my P's and Q's.

Step Seven


Inking the Press

 

 

 

Step Ten


A good print of the text.

Step Thirteen


Checking to make sure the alignment and impression is good.

Step Sixteen


Deboss printing of the Roycroft chop and studio name.

Step Two


I recheck my block drawing looking for areas that may not translate in the cutting process. Revise, revise!
 

Step Five


Locking the type into the Vandercook cylinder press.

 

Step Eight


First round of typographic errors and poorly impressed type.

Step Eleven


Letting the text dry.

Step Fourteen


Letting the image dry.

Step Seventeen

Sign and deliver the prints on schedule!

Step Three


Begin cutting.

 

 

Step Six


Double-checking my alignment.
 

Step Nine


Second proof revealing more errors.

Step Twelve


Locking up Mr. Lincoln in the press.

Step Fifteen


Locking up the Roycroft chop and my studio name.