Letterpress is more than ink on paper. It’s a blend of craftsperson and machine. We use metal type and antique equipment along with some of the latest mechanical and electronic technology available to practice of this art.
We print invitations, stationery, book covers, greeting cards, broadsides, business cards, coasters, posters, books, and projects for creative professionals and letterpress lovers. This is done on the well maintained and often re-engineered equipment shown below.
The Heidelberg platen press is regarded by many as a marvel of mechanical engineering and the finest letterpress printing machine ever made. This was one of the later ones produced and has been refurbished to print the high quality, pin sharp printing for which it was originally designed.
The Chandler and Price platen press was one of the favourites of printers in North America for close to a century. They are rugged, reliable, accurate, and easy to operate. This one was manufactured in 1904. It has been brought back to life and still has the original factory paint job with the gold leaf trim showing through.
This Vandercook press manufactured in 1931 was originally used to make proofs of newspaper copy. It has been refitted with a register device to provide accurate positioning and an inking system to provide smooth, even ink coverage. It was used to produce the cover of the award winning Seghers Collection published in 2014.
Little Fred is a Chandler and Price desktop platen press. These were produced from the late 19th century up until the 1960’s. They were intended to be used in trade schools to teach printing but their versatility and popularity landed them in commercial print shops doing a host of small short run jobs.