The British Crafts Blog

Off to the printers

Posted in Book development, Mastercrafts by britishcrafts on January 25, 2010

Neil Baber is Acquisitions Editor at David & Charles and has seen the Mastercrafts book through from initial concept to finished printed copies.

“When I was standing in the stone mason’s yard at Hardwick Hall with our photographer Lorna at the end of November, I’m not sure I really believed that we would be signing off the final proofs of the book less that seven weeks later. It wasn’t until mid December that filming finished but with a grand effort from the team at D&C, the book was ready for the presses this week and it was a great pleasure to pass the project into the safe hands of Butler, Tanner and Dennis, the master printers of Frome in Somerset.

B, T & D have been one of the premier printers in the UK for over 100 years and certainly know how to get the best out of the colour printing process. The lovely ‘uncoated’ paper we had chosen for Mastercrafts set them a challenge to make sure the ink from the very colourful layouts didn’t soak in and spread too much on the page. But having carefully checked the proofs we had total confidence that the first sheet would look great.

Just our luck – unfortunately a very unusual malfunction of the impressive eight-colour press mangled the first printing plate as it was loaded into the machine and we had to wait another day before seeing and checking the first sheet (see photo). Everyone is delighted with the result though and the run is now well on the way. They are loading up the binders this week so we’re on schedule to get the book into people’s hands ready for the first broadcast next month.”


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  1. robin wood said, on January 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Nice that it is being printed in the UK.

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