Putting on a new tympan and draw sheet
A big pleasure at the start of a new
job is putting fresh packing on the press - it evokes the prospect of fresh type
biting into fine papers ... as well as perhaps of many hours of winding to come.
The metal cylinder is
wrapped with packing, the thickness of which determines the weight of impression
- how much the type bites into the paper. I generally start with four sheets of
manila plus a top sheet of a heavy and stable plastic film and then add more as
and where necessary. In some situations a sliver of tissue paper is enough to
make the difference between a good and a better impression.