Makeready | Episode 004 // Harold Kyle. Boxcar Press.
In this episode, I talk with Harold Kyle — the President of Boxcar Press.
Have you ever been curious why or how Boxcar started making their signature “Boxcar Base”? Harold talks about his struggles learning to print and how that caused him to create what would eventually become the Boxcar Base.
Harold is also a fellow computer programmer, so we geek out about that for a bit. He describes some of their back-end wizardry for their website, including the platemaking process as well as custom work quoting.
1:55 — Harold’s introduction to Letterpress.
3:19 — How did Boxcar come about?
5:44 — Boxcar’s first space along the train tracks.
7:20 — Boxcar Press first press – a $100 Vandercook.
8:55 — Harold’s experimentation with photopolymer.
10:52 — From steel-backed polymer plates to clear plastic photopolymer plates.
15:25 — Making another base to replace the bunting base.
17:10 — The transition to photopolymer commercial platemaking.
19:50 — The transition to bigger and more presses.
21:55 — Acquiring and moving big equipment & business growth.\
27:17 — Harold’s perspective on lettepress resurgence.
30:10 — Next stage of letterpress. What does the future look like?
32:23 — Did the wedding industry contribute to the inflection point of letterpress popularity?
34:20 — Letterpress Commons and the letterpress community.
38:45 — Training the competition in letterpress and sharing information.
41:23 — Computer programming & letterpress.
49:05 — Other Boxcar brands, Bellafigura & Smock.