Metal type being cast at the Bixler Foundry

Newly cast metal type

Challenge 15 KA hand-cranked proof press
at The Press of Robert LoMascolo

High speed Heidelberg KSBA cylinder press
at The Press of Robert LoMascolo

Sewing a book by hand


The Process

At the Press of Robert LoMascolo we know that it’s our process and attention to detail that makes our work truly special. For every project we will choose the most appropriate processes, but whenever possible we try to use freshly cast metal type and traditional letterpress printing. No matter what we are making, we start with a lengthy and thorough design process. If you’re looking for a custom look, we are happy to work with you to make your vision a reality. In general, we do all of our primary design work on the computer, this allows us to provide an accurate digital representation of the work before we even begin printing. Even though we may design on the computer, this doesn’t mean that it’s a fast or easy job. Good design takes time, and we start each project from scratch, not from templates.

For art work or non-metal typefaces we are able to work with a couple of businesses to have a variety of different kinds of printing plates made for the purpose. For metal type, we are pleased to offer freshly cast English Monotype through The Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler. Metal type not only has an exclusive and authentic appeal, but metal typefaces are visually vastly superior to their digital counterparts.

Needless to say, having type cast for our projects is an exciting possibility, but it is also a lengthy and highly skilled process. Type casting equipment is considered a rare antique, and running it requires patience and knowledge. Every single letter and space is cast one at a time by an experienced operator.

Letterpress printing offers a classic and sophisticated look. The visual impression from the type gives the printed matter a tactile nature. Compared to modern printing methods, letterpress offers a unique and special appeal, but it also is a time consuming process. Every sheet must be fed into the press by hand and printed one at a time. Each additional color represents an additional time through the press. For large runs over a thousand, we can speed up the process somewhat by using an automatic feeding press, however, the setup time on these more complicated presses make them impractical for short runs.

We can also offer a variety of hand bookbinding and kindred services all to make sure that our finished product is exactly what you wanted.

Even though all of our processes require skill and patience, we strive to keep our products competitively priced and of the highest quality and sophistication. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will work with you to make it happen.  

Be sure to take a look at our items for sale on our books & prints page.