Broadsheets, Specimens & Ephemera:

A number of small projects are underway, slowly and when time allows. For the moment, please have a look at the projects listed below, and stay tuned for recent projects as they unfold...

The boathouse...

 

“Waterfall One”

Robert Bringhurst

July 2015 | Printed in a number of sizes on off-cuts.

First Meditation on Time

Greenboathouse Press was invited to produce a broadsheet in honour of the late Harry Duncan, to be included in a fund-raising portfolio and also to be displayed at an exhibit of Duncan's work (and work by Duncan's many students and admirers) at the Uno Art Gallery in Omaha, NE..

 

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out of print:

Printed specifically for the Harry Duncan project and our subscribers.

 

Details

Hand set in 16pt Stern, designed by Jim Rimmer, and printed into a variety of off-cuts.

 

“First Meditation on Time”

Robert Bringhurst

September-October 2008 | 10" ◊ 21"

First Meditation on Time

With the opportunity to publish a piece by Bringhurst, I decided to up the difficulty level a bit and select the longer, prose work that Robert was kind enough to send in. The task, of course, was not only to fully justify the lines in metal, but to do a decent enough job of it that presenting the broadsheets for signatures wouldn't be entirely painful. The sheet was printed on 10" ◊ 21" Zerkall mould made paper, with the early press device (drawn by kevin mcpherson eckhoff) printed polymer, and the poem itself hand-set in Monotype Centaur. The title, dedication and press device printed in a deep navy blue.

Upon completion of this, and Jan Zwicky's sheet (below), it was off to Quadra Island to spend a night at Robert's to have he & Jan sign all of them. A fantastic meal, good conversation, and an absolutely lovely atmosphere in the woods of the island to complete this early project.

First Meditation on Time

 

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out of print:

Unfortunately Robert's broadsheet is now out of print.

 

Details

Hand set in 18pt Centaur and printed in mixed rich blue & black into Zerkall Book wove; including an early rendition of the press device, drawn by kevin mcpherson eckhoff and printed from polymer.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution, all signed by the author.

 

“Autobiography”

Jan Zwicky

September-October 2008 | 10" ◊ 21"

Autobiography

An admirer of Jan's writing for years, it was a pleasure to have her submit a piece to be worked up as a broadsheet. From the start I knew I wanted to put the 24pt Palatino Italic to work with this poem, after hauling it all the way from Brooklyn, NY, earlier in the year. Like Bringhurst's sheet (above), Jan's was printed hand-set into Zerkall mould-made paper, with the title, byline and early press device printed in a mixed mauve. Both of these broadsheets were a pleasure to set and print, and an honour to produce and put out into the world.

 

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Subscribers:

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European Orders:

Please to arrange for your order as shipping fees to Europe must be determined prior to payment.

 

Standard Order:

$25.00 + $10.00 S/H

 

If you would like to order other broadsheets along with Jan's, please and we can customize a PayPal button just for your order. This will drastically reduce the combined shipping costs as we can package all of your broadsheets in one tube.

 

Details

Hand set in 24pt Palatino Italic and printed in mauve & black into Zerkall Book Wove; including an early rendition of the press device, drawn by kevin mcpherson eckhoff and printed from polymer.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution, all signed by the author.

The Stern Broadsheets

Adding to the first two sheets printed late in 2008, a new poem each by Shane Neilson and Jason Dewinetz were produced in 2009. Following the format of this ongoing project, the text is hand set in Jim Rimmer's Stern and Monotype Bembo, printed on 10" ◊ 18" Opus watercolour paper. The broadsheets are being made available individually, but a portion of the print run is being held back so that, somewhere down the road, the entire group of poems can be gathered into a portfolio and sold together. As a note to subscribers who have already received the first 2 sheets, the same numbered copy will be reserved for you, and when the project is completed, a copy of the enclosure portfolio will be sent to contain the gathering. For the moment, info on the first two (available) sheets is included below, with additional images in the Gallery.

 

“My Father's Hands”

Shane Neilson

May 2009 | 10" ◊ 18"

My Father's Hands

Continuing the Stern series, I've been wanting to produce something from Shane since his stunning collection The Beaten Down Elegies came out from Frog Hollow Press in 2003. A delicate piece exploring the author's young relstionship to his father, the poem beautifully explores the ongoing theme of masculinity central to the Stern project.

 

 

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Subscribers:

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European Orders:

Please to arrange for your order as shipping fees to Europe must be determined prior to payment.

 

Standard Order:

$15.00 + $10.00 S/H

If you would like to order other broadsheets along with Shane's, please and we can customize a PayPal button just for your order. This will drastically reduce the combined shipping costs as we can package all of your broadsheets in one tube.

 

Details

Hand set in 16pt Stern and printed in red, grey & black.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution. All signed by the author.

 

“Missed Opportunities”

Jason Dewinetz

May 2009 | 10" ◊ 18"

Claw Hammer Study

While I'd thought I'd sworn off publishing my own writing, this poem, from a small manuscript called Clench (forthcoming from Gaspereau Press), fit nicely with the Stern project, so I went for it. This brings the Stern series to 4 poems by Canadian male writers, and the goal is to put 10 of them together. While the broadsheets are available individually, once the series is completed, 26 copies will be offered as a set, enclosed in a portfolio. More details will follow...

Claw Hammer Study

 

 

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Details

Hand set in 16pt Stern and printed in red, grey & black.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution. All signed by the author.

 

“Claw Hammer Study”

Jake Kennedy

October-November 2008 | 10" ◊ 18"

Claw Hammer Study

This is extremely embarrassing, but after working with Jake at Okanagan College for over a year, I'd still not gotten around to reading his Book Thug chapbook Hazard, despite the fact that it won the bpNichol award a few years ago. Sometime last year the two of us ended up doing a reading together at UBCO in Kelowna, and he read a handful of poems, "Claw Hammer Study" included. I was knocked over. Hammered. And so I went home and read Hazard about 5 times. Then I emailed Jake and insisted on producing this poem as a broadsheet.

Along with Tom's (below), these two are the first in a series of broadsheets which I'm going to design & set in Jim Rimmer's latest face, Stern, a heavy case of which I picked up over the summer of 2008. The series will loosely be called "The Stern Broadsheets," and they'll come together every so often when other poems that knock me over find their way into the shop.

Claw Hammer Study

 

 

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If you would like to order other broadsheets along with Jake's, please and we can customize a PayPal button just for your order. This will drastically reduce the combined shipping costs as we can package all of your broadsheets in one tube.

 

Details

Hand set in 16pt Stern and printed in red, grey & black.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution. All signed by the author.

 

“Steel Knee Brace”

Tom Smith

October-November 2008 | 10" ◊ 18"

Steel Knee Brace

Tom Smith was a creative writing student of mine in 2007/8, and when this poem came in I was stunned. Not that Tom's other stuff wasn't solid, but this poem went far beyond the assignment I'd given him (to write about something specific without really writing about it). It's been a pleasure to work with Jake and kevin to produce this fine bit of work, and an equal pleasure to get Tom a bit of exposure for his fine efforts.

 

 

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Subscribers:

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European Orders:

Please to arrange for your order as shipping fees to Europe must be determined prior to payment.

 

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$15.00 + $10.00 S/H

If you would like to order other broadsheets along with Tom's, please and we can customize a PayPal button just for your order. This will drastically reduce the combined shipping costs as we can package all of your broadsheets in one tube.

 

Details

Hand set in 16pt Stern and printed in red & black.

50 numbered copies for sale (26 reserved for early subscribers), and 26 lettered for private distribution. All signed by the author.

The Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers

July-August 2008 | 7.75" ◊ 12.5"

Folder cover...wrappertitlepage

Originally planned to be a portfolio of specimens including all of the types held in the shop, I realized at some point that I wouldn't have enough of the Magnani paper to do a run of 56, so as I'd only printed 3 sizes of the Centaur, I decided instead to focus on these types of Bruce Rogers' as a distinct project.

The Centaur Types

As with any production, this one involved plenty of pulled proofs, with much tuning and adjustment, and with the setting of each additional size came slightly different spacing issues. That said, I've been on a real Bruce Rogers kick lately (see the Library for a few recently acquired books), so it was a pleasure to spend some time with this face.

And spend some time I did. In my eagerness to produce this thing, I set and printed what I had listed as "Centaur Italic" (see the proof, above). Of course, there is no such thing — Centaur is traditionally paired with the Arrighi italic, designed by Frederic Warde. I was well aware of this, but somehow I got ink-blind and didn't see what I was doing. So, the entire thing had to be re-printed without the italic, otherwise the titlepage simply didn't make any sense.

 

 

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out of print:

Unfortunately this project is now out of print.

 

Details

A specimen of types held in the Greenboathouse cases, this portfolio includes specimens of 10, 12, 14, 18, 24, 30 and 36pt Centaur, all printed from hand-set metal, as well as a quotation from Aldus as the final sheet of the gathering. The wrapper reproduces an illustration of a centaur by Willy Pogany (1921), and the titlepage includes an early printerís mark used by Bruce Rogers, both printed from polymer plates.

Printed in mixed greenish-grey & black into Magnani Biblos, held in a green chemise and a wrapper of Tibetan handmade papers.

4pp. 56 numbered copies; 26 copies reserved for early subscribers.

 

I came across the centaur illustration in the 1921 edition of The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, and knew immediately that I wanted to include it in the project in some way (the original illustration included two other figures in the frame, which I removed to focus on the centaur). The illustration was taken into Illustrator and traced and cleaned up, then shipped out to Boxcar to have a polymer plate made. Rogers' printer's mark was reproduced using the same method.

 

“Matters of Concern”

June 2008 - 6" ◊ 24"

Matters of Concern - full view...

This broadsheet involved over 5 years of planning & preparation. Years ago I came across an article on Friedrich Poppl in Baseline magazine, which had reproductions of some of his hand lettering, and on first sight I was knocked over by their simple beauty. For months I kept going back to that magazine again and again to stare at his calligraphy, and eventually I decided I wanted to create something based on his work.

Over the course of a few months I sketched, comped, and digitized the available letterforms, cleaned up and tuned the outlines, then created a variety of glyphs that were missing from the samples, including a number of ligatures and contextual alternates. From there I brought the outlines into a font development application and created a working font from the drawings, including auto-substitutions (in the form of an OpenType font) such as TH, TT, SS, LO, LL, etc. With the font, I set a number of quotations that I've packed around in notebooks, but eventually settled on this passage from Hagikure: The Book of the Samurai, which had always struck me as a fine sentiment, both relating to typography & printing, but also to life generally.

From that point, the design sat idle for over 2 years while I waited to set up shop with a press, knowing that it was one of the first projects I wanted to produce once everything was up and running.

Matters of Concern - printing...

As the colophon (in the sidebar) indicates, the quotation was printed from photopolymer plates, while the colophon itself was hand-set in 12pt Spectrum. The paper was some end-cuts that came with the press (from Caryl), and after printing the colophon on June 22, I spent the day of the 25th printing all of the blue, which meant 3 runs through the press with each sheet (the quotation was printed from 2 plates, and then there was the Greenboathouse Press logotype on the back).

A wonderful early project, a copy is now hung in the shop to taunt and encourage me to mind the details...

Matters of Concern - mid-view... Matters of Concern - close-up... Matters of Concern - colophon...

 

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Colophon:

The lettering is reconstructed from the work of calligrapher and | type designer Friedrich Poppl (1923-84), digitized and redrawn | by Jason Dewinetz between 2006 & 2007, and printed by | photopolymer plate on the Vandercook 15-21 & SP-15 flatbed | cylinder presses, recently moved in & set up in their newly | constructed studio home here under the blue sky | and blazing sun of Vernon, BC.

The type you are now reading is 12pt Spectrum, designed by | Jan van Krimpen, hand-set & printed, anxiously and with | much pleasure, by Jason Dewinetz.

The excerpted passage is borrowed from Chapter 1 of | Hagikure: The Book of the Samurai.

This project marks the first stage of development of | Greenboathouse Press, to be followed by a series of type specimens | of house fonts, and then a gathering of broadsheets by | contemporary Canadian poets, to be distributed randomly to | friends of the press, and then bundled as a portfolio | available to subscribers.

This sheet produced in an edition of 101 copies, each of which | has been signed, none too humbly, by the designer.

 

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June-July 2008

 

Vandercook Centenary Broadsheet

April 2009 | 8.5" ◊ 11"

[Reserved for Subscribers]

I Can't Go On

As part of Paul Moxon's centenary project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Vandercook proof press, this excerpt was borrow from Thomas MacKellar's well-known instructional manual The American Printer: A Manual of Typography. The book is both extremely useful and rather fun to read, mired as it is in late 19th-century pedantry and stiff-upper-lip lecturing. 110 copies were produced for the Vandercook project, and a small pile of over-prints remain to be distributed to Greenboathouse subscribers.

I Can't Go On

 

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“I can't go on, I'll go on.”

June 2008 | 7.75" ◊ 12.25"

[Reserved for Subscribers]

I Can't Go On

Two things came together which resulted in this broadsheet, the first being the fact that I've always loved the simplicity (the despair, and the hope - hence the double-typographic treatment) tied up in this brief passage, and the second was reading Jake Kennedy's book Hazard, and, in particular, his 3 Beckett poems (if you haven't read that chapbook, I suggest you do so).

The overlapping typography is a design I used for the cover of Shane Rhodes' book tengo sed, which I originally came across on the cover of Margaret Re's monograph on Matthew Carter, Typographically Speaking. To my mind it speaks to a multiplicity of voices speaking simultaneously, which is how this quotation sounds to me.

I wanted to use Fournier, but didn't have it in metal, so I had a plate made and printed the broadsheet 2-colour polymer.

I Can't Go OnI Can't Go On I Can't Go On

 

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Stationary

June 2008 - Business Cards & Letterhead

Greenboathouse Press

The official first print project was to get some cards & letterhead done up, but this relatively simple job became a bit hilarious when I realized that the polymer plate I had made had the wrong bloody phone number. So, I had to get in with an X-acto knife and carve the number out, and shift the email address over. Yeesh.

Greenboathouse PressGreenboathouse Press

 

 

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