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Spreading the word about engraving: 4 venues/4 cities/3 states/2 months.
Spreading the word about engraving: 4 venues/4 cities/3 states/2 months.
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The Complete Engraver is a brand new book about engraving, print engraving, and stationery engraving. It will be on the bookshelves in September, so, Nancy Sharon Collins is going on a book signing tour to spread the word. (This project supports the book tour from late September through October.) Who's been involved? Want more information?

"Today, Nancy Sharon Collins brings crisp wit and undying love to one of history’s most spirited printing processes. As the letterpress revival grips designers in its leaden thrall, we might ready ourselves to receive engraving’s lighter touch." — Ellen Lupton

Why a book tour?

Its about de-mystifying this incredible printing process, discovering the history, sharing the craft, and reaching-out to visual culture nerds like you, people who know, or know nothing about engraving.

"The Complete Engraver" sample spread.*
"The Complete Engraver" sample spread.*

Who might be interested?

Designers, typographers, techies, book people, print history/letterpress/paper/letter writing/calligraphy people, picture people, cultural history people, heraldic and iconography people, people interested in monograms and ciphers, DIY people.

What's in it for me?

  • Be part of a growing community of engraving nerds doing their part to revive this incredibly unique and beautiful art.
  • Learn about what engraving is, how to design with it, and make gorgeous stationery.
  • Learn to identify engraving from other forms of lettering, type, and printing.
  • Learn the rudiments of how to engrave, the old fashioned way. 
  • Gain valuable resources for who/what/where/how engraving is done with old-school, by-hand methods as well as digital technology and the latest in photo-engraving.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge about monograms, their history, and how to make them.
  • Ask the author as many questions as you can possibly imagine, provided this project is successfully funded.

What cities will Engraving for Nerds fund?

September…Brooklyn (Powerhouse)
October…….Chicago (American Printing History Association)
………………New Orleans (Hermann-Grima House)
…….….….….Millerton, NY (Hunter Bee)

Where has the book already premiered?

July/Aug…….Seattle, WA (TypeAmericana)
………………New Orleans (Zehnder Communication)
…….….….….Milwaukee (TypeCon Conference)

Also...two digital fonts were created for the launch of “The Complete Engraver” by Terrance Weinzierl and Steve MattesonMonotype Imaging. To share the enthusiasm for engraving, vintage type, lettering, and this project, download them FREE. The fonts "Feldman Engraver" (below left) and  "JMC Engraver" (right) were based on real engraver's lettering styles. 

Hand Engraved Specimen Sheets.
Hand Engraved Specimen Sheets.
Hand Engraved Vintage Sporting Cards.
Hand Engraved Vintage Sporting Cards.
"Fonts Trade Card" - photo-engraved and mechanically (Heidelberg letterpress) numbered trade card.
"Fonts Trade Card" - photo-engraved and mechanically (Heidelberg letterpress) numbered trade card.
"Engraving for Nerds Commemorative Card" - to be hand engraved ONLY if this project is funded...hand signed and numbered, limited edition.
"Engraving for Nerds Commemorative Card" - to be hand engraved ONLY if this project is funded...hand signed and numbered, limited edition.
Custom Engraved Monogram Notes.
Custom Engraved Monogram Notes.
"Hello Darling" - 2-color, hand engraved card.
"Hello Darling" - 2-color, hand engraved card.
"Miss Nancy's Rules"
"Miss Nancy's Rules"

About the author:

Author Nancy Sharon Collins is a well-known designer, educator, and stationer for clients such as Clinique, Revlon, Curve Fragrance, Williams-Sonoma, Martha Stewart Wedding, the Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art. She has been written about in many publications and blogs.

“This is for those who love everything fine.” — Marian Bantjes

* Images shown in "The Complete Engraver" sample spread reproduced with permission from: E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.; The Historic New Orleans Collection; Napoleonic Satires collection, Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library.

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    #1. ONE HAND ENGRAVED VINTAGE SPORTING CARD - 100% cotton rag postcard randomly chosen from a limited edition of vintage, hand engraved sporting-motifs: squirrel, grouse, pheasant, or log.

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    #2. "MISS NANCY'S RULES" - 3" X 5", 100% cotton rag, engraved card. According to Miss Nancy, this is the definitive list of ten things to do, and not to do, in polite society. (Of course, it assumes that you are interested in polite society.) - International: add $1.00.

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    #3 - HAND ENGRAVED SPECIMEN SHEET + FONTS TRADE CARD - An original, hand engraved, type specimen page of "Feldman Engraver" or "JMC Engraver". PLUS - Numbered, engraved, "Fonts Trade Card". - International: add $2.50.

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    #4. 2 HAND ENGRAVED SPECIMEN SHEETS + SET OF 4 ENGRAVED POSTCARDS + FONTS TRADE CARD + "HELLO DARLING" - Both original, hand engraved, font specimens. PLUS - Complete set of four hand engraved sporting postcards (as in Reward #1.) PLUS - "Fonts Trade Card". PLUS - Hand engraved, 2 color, hand bordered "Hello Darling" card. International: add $3.50.

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    #5. "ENGRAVING FOR NERDS COMMEMORATIVE CARD" + THE BOOK! + EVERYTHING IN REWARDS #4 - (Let us know if you'd like a special inscription on the book and the hand engraved trade card such as, "To my biggest fan" or "To a lover of engraving." (Remember, the "Engraving for Nerds Commemorative Card" will only happen with your support, and there will only be 10 in the edition and they will be hand engraved!) - International: add $8.50.

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    #6. CUSTOM ENGRAVED MONOGRAM NOTES + EVERYTHING IN REWARD # 5. - Set of 50 off-white, fold-over notes engraved with your 3-initial monogram in red, orange, blue, green, or purple ink. (Please specify what initials you would like, last name is traditionally in the middle.) Includes matching envelopes and your engraved, copper monogram plate.) - International: add $17.50.

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