If you’ve sat there like me, patiently watching him grain his stone for 3:28, then you have the makings of a true lithography nerd.
Side note: The man in the video is Satoru ITAZU, he runs the Tokyo-based ITAZU Litho-Grafik printshop. You can check out his website here: http://www.annie.ne.jp/~itazu He’s super friendly, and has been super busy too, the printshop is up and running since 1987. I’ve emailed him a couple of months ago when he uploaded what I still think of as the best lithography videos to youtube, a series of 33 videos without moderation, smartly annotated, showing the entire process of printing a stone lithography. (Link to #1/33: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BAASXUd0Ws)
Of course there are new and cool printmaking videos being uploaded every day, but Mr. Itazu’s videos are top notch, and the one I included above beautifully illustrates why. So if you have a youtube account, go there and subscribe to the man, like his stuff, email him fangirl pics, whatever - his videos deserve way more views than they have now.