I was shortlisted for the British Council's UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009. As part of the award programme, the six shortlisted entrepreneurs went on a two week study tour of the Indian publishing industry, travelling to Jaipur, Delhi and Calcutta.
This is my favourite souvenir of the trip: a Bookkake logo woodblock, handmade in the Printer's Quarter in Calcutta.
These woodblocks are made to be used in the kind of (semi-)mechanical presses seen at the start of the film, alongside metal type, but they can be used for handprinting too.
It was all done from the logo on my business card, which was xeroxed, transferred onto the wood with oil, then carved with chisels. While the street carries on around.
The whole process took about forty minutes, and cost 30 Rupees (about 50p). I tried to give the craftsman more, but he wouldn't take it...