Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Rake's Progress

Michael and I were both excited to find this item about Igor Stravinsky. I was particularly excited because I once owned (and lost) a Stravigor. I spent many years searching for a replacement, which was very difficult because the name "Stravigor" wasn't printed on the device. Unfortunately Stravinsky was not as good an engineer as he was a composer. You can see that the lines in Arnold Newman's photos in the above link are uneven. The Noligraph is a better tool.

Both of these are versions of the Rastrum, which, as I learned from Sean, the keeper of the Blackwing Pages, comes from the Latin word for "rake.”


Kurt Mottweiler said...

Hi Elaine,
I read of your Stravigor experience with some interest as I am tasked with designing a new version. I wonder if you could describe a bit about the way the original device functions and perhaps what you fest were its worst shortcomings. Feel free to email me if you don't want to post on the topic.

Elaine Fine said...

All I remember about the original device was that there was a wheel with five contact points (to the paper), it worked with a normal ink pad, and it gummed up a lot. Please let me know about your own "Rake's" Progress, and I'll post about it here.