Celebrating thirty-five years on the Main Street
of Erin Village, Wellington County
Author Archives: Tim
In honour of PQL’s upcoming fortieth anniversary, Tim is writing a memoir about his experiences at the press. This is the second chapter. Click on the Still in Business category to read the chapters posted so far. Chapter One is … Continue reading
In honour of PQL’s upcoming fortieth anniversary, Tim is writing a memoir about his experiences at the press. This is the first chapter, and more will go up as he writes them. Click on the Still in Business category to … Continue reading
I learned to print at Coach House Press in 1969, when I took a three hour course on an AB Dick duplicator.Stan Bevington (Head Coach at Coach House) explained about ink and water, on and off, and a few subtleties … Continue reading
The Porcupine’s Quill is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.
To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.
The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) is also gratefully acknowledged.