In case you were thinking that we’re kicking back in our palatial Yorklyn studio and collecting massive markups on our $175 Eames House Blocks, lemme share a few detail shots I took at Grand Rapids-based Lindenwood.
The raw material is eight-quarter rough sawn Michigan-grown replenishible basswood. This must be hand selected, planed and precision-cut into blocks.
The blocks must be exactly the same size, because they are printing after they are cut and the artwork extends across the joints. If they are even a hundredth of an inch off, they will print unevenly.
The blocks are then grouped into sets and hand-printed. There are a total of 29 separate screen passes in each set of blocks, each hand-pulled and air-dried.
Posted by Rich Roat on September 3, 2010