Historical society offers Printer’s Devils Workshop
Museum educator Laurie Walker will teach children what it’s like to be a “printer’s devil” at a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 11 to noon at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road.
Children ages 6-12 will make a blank stitch book with a decorative cover and a stamp for printing.
In the colonies, the chore boy or youngest apprentice in the print shop was called a “printer’s devil,” a reference to the air of mystery and magic which surrounded the early days of letterpress printing. Educated in setting type and working the handpress, these workers sometimes became master printers, publishers, or writers. The bookbinder took the printed pages and made them ready for sale. The binder’s work included folding, pressing, sewing, and trimming the pages to construct the finished pamphlet or small book. Small, inexpensive books were called “stitch books.”
What printer’s devils learned and more will be explored at this workshop. Walker will teach children how to make simple books they can use for journals, notes, art, and gifts. Book-making techniques will include folding and learning an easy stitch with thick cotton thread.
The cost for Wilton Historical Society members is $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members, $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Register: 203-762-7257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.