Meet Master Leung: letterpress printer at Kam Hing Printing 梁先生:印刷師傅

Kam Hing Printing

Meet Master Leung: letterpress printer at Kam Hing Printing 梁先生:印刷師傅

MADE IN SYP
This story is part of a series of stories dedicated to the Spirit of Craftsmanship in Sai Ying Pun. We discovered SYP through the lens of locals. We visited 16 local craftsmen, to learn about their trade, their tools, their stories. See what they create; learn what they love and feel their passion. Time to explore Kam Hing Printing!

西營盤工匠精神
這個故事是《西營盤社區博物館:工匠精神》的一部分-透過街坊的角度重新探索這舊區。我們走訪了十六個西營盤工匠,了解他們所用的工具,和他們最自豪的事情。欣賞他們的創作;學習他們的手藝;感受他們的熱情。

We have to be systematic in stocking the characters. If we would try to find them one by one, it would take ages 


「我們「執字粒」十分有系統。如果逐個單字找,會花很多長時間 。」

Kam Hing Printing
The collection of lead typeface is neatly stored in wooden boxes for easy identification 一排一排字粒井然有序地排在木箱內

 

PRESSING LETTERS

Kam Hing is one of the few old-school print shops left in Hong Kong and Mr. Leung is the proud owner of an original letterpress machine. A stark reminder of the past heydays the local printing industry, owner Mr. Leung still recalls the time when he spent more time at work than at home. ‘I used to work more than 8 hours a day, the company also provided food for all workers. The busiest time was 1989 when the stock markets were doing well, I worked till 9pm every day.’ he says.  

夕陽行業
錦興是一家舊式印刷店,仍然有活字印刷機,非常少有。本港印刷業曾經輝煌過,員工梁生回想,以前見老闆還多過見妻兒,日做八小時,還包伙食,下午一時放飯,生意最旺是1989年股市昌旺的時候,往往晚上九時才收工。

Kam Hing Printing
 Unique vintage shopfront, so characteristic for this old Hong Kong neighbourhood  獨特的舖面反映著西營盤的歷史

TYPE FACE 

The collection of lead typeface is neatly stored in wooden boxes. English letters in alphabetical order, Chinese characters in cube shelving with the typefaces stacked into a square or column, facing outward, for easy identification. “We have to be systematic in stocking the characters. If we would try to find them one by one, it would take ages. For example, the word Kung is always next to Si. Together it means company, a word we often use.” says Mr. Leung.  

執字粒
一走進店舖,你會看到一排一排字粒井然有序地排在木箱內。英文字粒按順序排列,中文字粒一行一行疊起,向外展示,方便查找。「我們「執字粒」十分有系統。如果逐個單字找,會花很多長時間 。所以 「公」字附近必會找到個「司」字。」

Kam Hing Printing
The lead letters are not made anymore, so we can’t afford to lose one 字粒已停止生產,店舖絕對不能夠失去任何一粒  

Kam Hing Printing
The word Kung is always next to Si. Together it means company, a word we often use 「公」字附近必會找到個「司」字 

 

OUR PICK

Getting married? Need unique name cards?  Kam Hing Printing produces high-quality hand printed cards and leaflets and is happy to tailor one for you. 

我們推介
錦興仍會製作囍帖、卡片和宣傳單張等,不要錯過舊式印刷店的高質素產品。

iDiscover Hong Kong App
Download the iDiscover Hong Kong app so you can get lost without getting lost in Sai Ying Pun 下載 iDiscover Hong Kong 手機應用程式,助你輕鬆遊西營盤! 

 

HOW TO GET THERE?

Kam Hing Printing is at 19 High Street in Sai Ying Pun. For directions download the free iDiscover app or download a printable mapGet your own copy of the iDiscover Hong Kong Neighbourhood Guide.   

如何到達?下載免費的 iDiscover手機應用程式西營盤手繪地圖,輕鬆找到位於高街19號的錦興印刷

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