There’s something beautiful about old machines….
Meet Nick Sambrato. He runs a print shop in Orlando, Florida called Mama’s Sauce.
Nick isn’t a very smart guy. At a time in history when the print industry is pouncing from one space-age technological advancement to the next, Nick has decided to take a giant leap backwards into the industrial revolution.
Meet the Kluge letterpress. A 2,000 pound, cast iron, electric powered monstrosity of vacillating rods, giant spinning wheels and pneumatic hoses. The Kluge is Nick’s weapon of choice in his battle against the future.
So why does Nick use the Kluge? A clearly outdated, cumbersome and obsolete machine? The same reason any craftsman uses any tool: for the quality of the finished product. A letterpress offers a tangible, three-dimensional look and feel to the printed image that no other technology can replicate.
Let Nick take you on a trip back in time as he runs through the process of turning an ordinary piece of paper stock into work of art.
produced by: Fiction
This short from condor cycles shows that there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
The creation of a Paris frame by Condor. The Paris features unique bi-laminations rather than lug work. On a flat sheet of steel a design is cut. It is then manipulated by hand to join both ends together so that it resembles a lug. Paris bi-lams are then slotted onto the headtube.
The tubes meeting the bi-lam must perfectly meet the back of the bi-lam and sit flush. Tubing must be cut and mitred exactly to the curve of the headtube. If not the builder must begin again.
The tube must sit perfectly because any gaps will compromise the integrity of the join. Brass is then built up around the bi-lam and ajoining tube. A technique known as filet-brazing.