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Monday, May 26, 2014

McTavish clan emblem wrist bracelet - handmade solid silver and leather © BH 2014

Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.
The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.

Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

I was reminded this week to drag out my copies of manipulator magazine from the late 1980s

. . . after a Londoner emailed me after seeing an old post of my colonial wire worked cake racks I shot over old manipulator pages:

he wanted me to detail the covers and numbers that I had

so I shot them all and created a .pdf - here

I researched their current asking price on eBay

I followed up the request to let him know if I wanted to sell them

made an offer to sell at less than half of the asking price

pack in one secure box and dispatch

but on the condition he buy the lot . . .

sell for $1,400.00 or wait for possible $5,000.00

no reply as yet . . .

issue #5 is the earliest  . . .

and on the 30th May 2014 I received another email offer - see comments:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Another Inseparable - fakir/duck from 1983

I'll never forget the time I showed this to Ron McBurnie, he laughed till he cried. He has a signed version . . . this is the 2014 .pdf version, download and go print it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The second printer's picnic program in the Urban_Archaeology collection, as promised

The occasion was earlier in 1919 and held down at Southport, Saturday March 1. The Government Printing Office as it was known . . . this program did set the tone for the other one I own from the more commercial enterprise, namely Jackson & O'Sullivan in the previous post. Download the full version - here.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I have two Brisbane - 'printer's picnic' programmes, Caroline Fewtrell perked my curiosity to scan them

Caroline sends me this:
Hi Mal

I remembered the word for the printers’ picnic is wayzgoose
 A check in the newspapers via National Library’s Trove was fruitful.
 The Moreton Bay Courier mentions a first attempt at a Brisbane wayzgoose, on Saturday 19 May 1860, immediately under the report of the first Parliament for 1860.
1860 'Local Intelligence.', The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), 22 May, p. 2, viewed 24 March, 2014,
The newspapers on Trove covered go up to around 1954, so maybe there will be reports for some of the pamphlets you have.
Cheers for now.

Caroline's links go further:

"A wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper."

Both of my picnic programmes are dated Saturday March 1 1919 and Saturday 6th December 1919 - so we weren't in sync with northern hemisphere folk lore?
One is by the Government Printer with their outing over two days to Southport and the other by Jackson & O'Sullivan who ventured west to Carrington Rocks.
I've prepared a nine page .pdf of the J & O'S one - here.

And further insights:
"Some bookbinders believe that Wayzgoose was held on St Bartholomew's Day because he was the patron saint of leather workers. It was no coincidence[citation needed]that on August 24, 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed, perhaps triggering the very first wayzgoose party at Fust–Schöffer shop in Mainz."
"The holiday, a break in printing, was traditionally also the day that papermakers took a break from making paper for the printers, and used up the last of the pulp to make paper for windows, waxed paper being the traditional window material for the yeoman class before the use of glass became more widespread, and after this was done, the pulp vats would be cleaned out for the new fibre, made from rags collected in the spring, and retted (prepared by rotting) over the summer."
"The paper windows were fitted on St. Martin's Day (November 11). Just as the saint had supposedly cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, so yeoman farmers would give offcuts of the windows to the poor, to help them keep warm during the coming winter."
"Parchment was the original mediaeval material for keeping northern homes warm, for those who could not afford glass for the windows. The patron saint of parchment makers was the same St Bartholomew. With paper replacing parchment, the name of the traditional Martinmas party, the Wayzgoose, might have been transferred to both papermakers' and printers' parties."

I promise to scan and prepare the Govt Printing one, it is equally as nice!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another Tasmanian find - Thomas Reid's 'recipe' book

First up - Monika & Kevin Keane run a great antiques and collectables shop at 78 High Street Oatlands, Tasmania. 03 6254 0020.
You need to basically be there daily to catch every new thing found and priced on the day. There are sections of that shop I go to immediately, old photographs, ephemera and prints. There is a story about the Reid material that I know some details of, another man bought the Reid family house and property in Richmond. He lived in it without changing anything, without even looking through the books and sheds. Kevin had aways wanted to get to the house and was told  - "ah, when I sell up you can get the stuff" . . . seems like to day came and another dealer got the house contents, Kevin scored the shed contents. Thomas Reid's school exercise books were so beautifully handwritten, geography, natural history and arithmetic work all set out in a very mature hand, he used these books many years later as grounds for this 'recipe book'. The 26 page .pdf is downloadable - here. A 5.26Mb file.
I've set out the title page and one other page as a teaser to download and view at your lea sure, maybe even learn something from old-timer's knowledge.