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Minsk schoolboy recreates Skaryna's printing press

A Minsk schoolboy has recreated the printing press on which prominent Belarusian book printer Francysk Skaryna worked.

It took Johannes Gutenberg more than 10 years to start the world's first printing press.

The schoolboy Mark managed to recreate the working copy of the printer of the 16th century in just one day.

The "Little Skaryna's" device can now make only one impression: the monogram of Francysk Skaryna and a couple of lines dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing. Mark has gifted this card to his friends and classmates.

These same letters were once made from tin or lead, which was a very laborious process. Mark and his dad cut them from plastic with a knife.

Of course, 500 years later, ink is not made of soot and egg yolk.

Maksim Kodenev:
We have recreated the atmosphere in which the first printer worked in the 16th century, when it was necessary to think about the composition of ink and how to make each letter.

Mark then promises to make engravings using the same device. The boy wants to recreate the coat of arms of the native school. It is no coincidence: Mark's gymnasium No1 of Minsk is named after Francysk Skaryna.

Minsk schoolboy recreates Skaryna's printing press