One of my best friends in the world is living my bizarro life. After college, he moved to the coast to make books. Except in his case he’s not working in a publisher or retailer’s digital department, he’s really making books. He gets to create beautiful work every day.
But he has to do it all in San Francisco. Only because of that, I’d say we’re even.
Here’s a video he made on how he makes books. His company, Sharp Teeth Press (follow their tumblr here!), print stuff the old fashioned way, from casting the type all the way to binding the pages. This video gives you a good idea of what they’re doing.
I got a chance to hear about some of their upcoming projects while we were both at a wedding last week. They’re working on some upscale reproductions of minor works from canonical authors, including Kurt Vonnegut.
For an idea of what that might look like, here are some pretty pictures of one of their older books, Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience.
On a totally separate note, last week a stranger asked him what he did for a living. He responded, “uh, I guess I’m really into metals.”
It’s true man. You’re metal as hell.