Wednesday, November 21, 2007

God's Printer: Arion Press Folio Bible video from CBS Sunday Morning

This 8 minute video segment from CBS Sunday Morning shows the making of the last Bible to be printed by letterpress in the Gutenberg tradition from hot metal type, crafted by hand in a small workshop in San Francisco. The video shows each step in the making of the Bible, starting in the historic Monotype foundry of Mackenzie and Harris, and also features the cylinder press in operation, the calligraphic illumination process, and the hand sewing of books in the bindery.

The video features interviews with Andrew Hoyem and other Arion Press craftsmen, as well as type designer Sumner Stone and calligrapher Thomas Ingmire.