Interior view near the end of 'The Day I Met George', a flip book and short story by Don Drake.

'George' Accepted Into words|matter In Chicago

'The Day I Met George' to be included in words|matter, the Book Arts Library in Chicago Illinois from October 1-30, 2016 more

6 copies of the leather bound edition of Don Drake's short story and flip book "The Day I Met George".

23 Sandy Jury Accepts 'George' For Pop-Up Now II Exhibition

This book and the fine work of many other artists will be on display November - December 2016 at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Oregon. more

Part 4: One Poem Series: Books 5 & 6

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September 13, 2016 was our press check at Amp Printing in Pleasanton California for the new books. Quentin Eckman took good care of our project on the press. Greg Lingenfelder kept the skids greased for us (and provided pastries!

Kate Jordahl and Quentin Eckman at a press check for One Poem Books 5 & 6 at Amp Printing in Pleasanton

Quentin Eckman and Kate Jordahl

Kate Jordahl and Greg Lingenfelder at a press check for One Poem Books 5 & 6 at Amp Printing in Pleasanton

Greg Lingenfelder and Kate Jordahl

We got off to an inauspicious start with something preventing one of the black plates from printing. The Heidelberg Press at Amp Printing in Pleasanton CA But this gave Kate and me a chance to appreciate the massive press.

The Heidelberg Press at Amp Printing in Pleasanton CA

Our book only uses a few of the many available units of this Heidelberg press.

Paper feed mechanism on a Heidelberg Press at Amp Printing in Pleasanton, CA

There is a baffling array of air blowers, sucker feet and what-nots way down here at the in-feed end of the press.

Quentin got things sorted out quickly and sheets started rolling off.

Rough assembly of One Poem Books 5 & 6 from a press sheet to confirm proper imposition before approving the press run.

Verifying the imposition by cutting up a press sheet.

Kate Jordahl checking a press sheet for the One Poem Books #5 & 6

Naturally we caught one more problem with the files. While I coordinated the second proof I missed the fact that we had made a correction on one of the images to remove a bit of the frame edge. That required a new plate.

Amp Printing staff consulting over a press sheet

The staff consults

Quentin Eckman making a plate change for the One Poem Books #5 & 6

Quentin putting in our new plate.

With the new plate in place we fiddled back and forth a bit getting things just right.

Kate Jordahl checking a press sheet for the One Poem Books #5 & 6

We signed off and headed for home. Quentin told us the Heildelberg has sensors that check the ink density across the page every four sheets and it automatically adjusts to maintain the settings that we determined.

Later today they'll print our title pages on another press. And tomorrow they'll cut the job. Friday we can start binding. Proofing station of a Heidelberg press at Amp Printing in Pleasanton CA

Last updated: 2016-09-14 | Published:

Part 3: One Poem Series: Books 5 & 6

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After more discussion of our proof and comparison to the reference prints Kate made, we decided we needed a global curve adjustment on the images. So we asked for a second proof.

Here it is, and everything looks great!

Kate has to do a little traveling, so we set the press date for September 12, 2016.

Through the window behind us is the proofing station for the big Heidelberg that will be running our job. Can't wait.

Last updated: 2016-09-01 | Published:

A first American edition of 'The Secret Garden' in need of repair and a copy of The Repair of Cloth Bindings (Arthur W. Johnson) on a bench top

Repairing A First Edition 'Secret Garden'

Repairing a cloth binding with broken hinges and some loose plates. more

Part 2: One Poem Series: Books 5 & 6

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Kate Jordahl and Don Drake check the proofs for the books 5 & 6 of their One Poem Series collaboration

The proofs came in and Kate came over so we could look them over. Is it actually possible to get proofs with no typos? Couldn't prove it by me. And there is a little correction to do on the images. So we'll have one more round after this.

The paper is supposed to arrive from the mill next week. We expect to be on press before Labor Day.

Last updated: 2016-08-23 | Published:

Part 1: One Poem Series: Books 5 & 6

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Here and End are the final two books of Kate Jordahl's and Don Drake's One Poem Series.

The files have gone to the printer so we should have a press date soon.

These are the reference prints for proofing.

Reference prints of the photos for book 5 & 6 of Kate Jordahl's and Don Drake's One Poem Series

Last updated: 2016-08-22 | Published:

Global Warming Survival Kit, a mini-book by Don Drake for a book exchange with 6 other book artists

Designing The Global Warming Survival Kit

This project was unusual for me. The idea came more or less fully formed. I made a quick sketch on the white board getting down the basics; that was... more

The end of a piece of copper wire showing the sharp end after cutting it to length. Also show are the jewelers files that will be used to take the sharp edges off.

A Wire Bracket for Displaying or Photographing Miniature Books

Some designs and details of making wire brackets to safely hold small books open. more

One copy of Don Drake's mini flip book 'The Day I Met George'

The Day I Met George - Video Overview

This video contains content 'spoilers'. For a non-spoiler preview visit the project gallery more

Part 2: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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Preliminary sketch overlay with production notes for Don Drake's book 'Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road'

I've learned to leave myself many notes as I work. Even if I never refer to them again, the act of writing them seems to cement them in my memory. And if I do forget as new ideas sweep me along, they often pull me back to beneficial trains of thought.

Last updated: 2016-08-02 | Published:

Part 1: Designing Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road

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Preliminary and planning sketches on vellum overlaying a first draft of text output for Don Drake's book 'Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road'

I still have the ongoing distraction of a bathroom remodel (which is my wife's summer project for us), but I feel I've been too long away from the Chicken book. (Obsessing with the election is not helping either)

Illustrating this book and planning how I want to print it is far outside my comfort zone. So legitimate delays quickly become a problem of overcoming creative inertia.

So, to alleviate my growing sense of 'stuck', I pulled up the sketches and studies I've accumulated and started a new design overlay on the text output. I'm finding I'm a little more able to visualize what I want in certain areas. So the time away bore some fruit. The December deadline should be attainable. But my October appearance at the [http://www.bookartsjam.org](Book Arts Jam) may not be possible. I'll have something to show but probably not a finished book.

Last updated: 2016-08-02 | Published:

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