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Windmill Press Move!

Press moving day is always an adventure. First, you often are meeting new, wonderful people. The folks who made this move happen and anyone I've ever met in a letterpress situation is someone I immediately like and who will likely become a friend for life. This press move was no exception. Ron, the mover, Tom the awesome guy who gave us the 2 presses and my friend, Jason. All great people and integral in getting the press from point A to my shop.Second, the actual moving is always a feat involving problem solving, quick thinking and a little brawn at...

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New Press! A Windmill will be the Newest Addition

For years I have dreamed of having a Heidelberg Windmill in my shop and this weekend dreams are coming true! I kind of have to pinch myself to see if this is really happening. And how, honestly, it fell into my lap. Not all 2800lbs, but the equivalent in happiness, at least. Back in June a friend approached me with an idea — to trade my Golding for their Windmill. While there are a host of arguments for and against, I went with my gut feeling and held on to my press and let this one go. Turns out that...

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Letterpress Pop Up Event — Book Arts League x Museum of Boulder

What fun! The Museum of Boulder asked us at the Book Arts League to set up a pop up letterpress event at their historic location on the Hill in Boulder. The Museum has over 3000 cuts in its permanent artifact collection — all of which were donated by the Daily Camera. There were so much historical and weirdly interesting cuts we were over the moon about what to print. And what some of the various images were and could have been used for is anyone’s guess. From art deco abstracts to mountain scenes to shifty characters to ornate borders to church announcements and songs — we had...

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Pop Up Letterpress Exhibit + Class — Sept. 9

This Saturday, September 9th I'll be printing some vintage Boulder-related cuts at the Boulder History Museum. The museum has a fantastic collection from the Daily Camera and I'm super pumped to check out the collection and print some awesome pieces of Boulder history. Pop Up Letterpress Exhibit in partnership with the Book Arts League +Learn the basics of letterpress +Peruse the Museum's collection of Daily Camera printing plates and learn about the Daily Camera's printing over the years +Learn how to print using a tabletop press, historical plates, and wooden type +Leave with a few of your own prints! +Check out the...

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New Product! Letterpress .918 Hat

You know the number! .918 — also called Type High — is the standard height of American wood and metal type. Also any cuts, borders or ornaments. If it's the right height, it's fit to print.FREE SHIPPING!Click here to order one today.

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New Letterpress-Style T-Shirt!

I'm excited to announce the begging of a letterpress-themed line of t-shirts. This is the first design of several to come! Click here for the Men's version.Click here for the Women's version.  

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Blog Slog

I set myself up for the blog challenge and just as I always say, it's hard to stay on top of it. This doesn't really count as a post, but it's something.

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Antique Stores as The Occasional Letterpress Find and a Brief History of My Skateboarding Career

The first time I went into a thrift store I was in 9th grade. At the time I was a recovering sports-playing, kind-of-popular kid. I was shedding that identity and ended up taking up with the skater kids, who also were talented artists as well. This was the 90s and tiny skate board wheels had come into fashion as had insanely huge pants and shorts. But so were vintage work shirts — at least among this crew. I traded in my beloved Hard Rock Cafe shirt for a thin, light blue button up work shirt with name "Bob" embroidered on it....

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Tons of New Work Up!

Custom Design Greeting Cards Save the Dates Stationery Weddings

It's been a minute since I have had the chance — and motivation — and right weather and lighting conditions to update the portfolio portion of the website. While I'm about 2/3 complete with adding all of the projects I'm super happy with the way things are turning out. It's a trip down memory lane revisiting all of the projects I've worked on over the last several months. There's a wide range of custom letterpress projects from existing and new clients and a bunch of "just for fun" and limited edition works added too.

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Santa Fe Hand-Crafted Signage

As a graphic designer I have always been drawn to and inspired by old signage and hand-painted type and images. Its's a display of craftsmanship similar to letterpress and depending on what you are trying to print the effects can definitely parallel. On a recent trip to Santa Fe I couldn't help but notice in all the small towns we passed and drove through as well as SF itself there was so much hand-crafted signage. And guessing this is more of a practical approach to advertising than anything. The photos I have included are by no means a comprehensive gallery. I'd...

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'Wired' Magazine Article: How Letterpress Printing Came Back from the Dead

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There are reasons that, 30 years ago, letterpress appeared to be at death’s door. This kind of printing is fussy. To print books and small matter, you arrange blocks of metal type in a press to spell out words; headlines or posters often use large type cut from wood. A letterpress then pushes paper down onto the blocks, which have been covered with a thin layer of ink. You wind up with inky fingers and aching muscles. And it’s impossible to achieve completely consistent results. Click here to read the full article  ...letterpress printing—a revitalized craft that for hundreds of...

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Letterpress Correspondence Cards

Custom Printing Stationery

Letterpress printing is still the ultimate way to showcase your brand or company. VOCO is "a marketing agency made up of spirited pragmatists, witty strategists and results-obsessed pros with a straightforward, savvy, and sustainable outlook on business and life." It was an honor to print these simply elegant letterpress stationery cards for VOCO. We printed on heavy duty — but still very dreamy — Lettra 220lb. This is one of the thickest cards available and it's sturdy and stands in a class all on its own. This is exactly how you want to relay your brand and standards.   

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My Dream Press

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There are 2 presses I need in my shop and this here Heidelberg Windmill is one of them.  I am currently considering acquiring this press. Though it means the very difficult almost paralyzing decision to swap out my current, beloved press to make way for this bad boy. This one was made the same year I was born making me err on the side of serendipity. I'll let ya know if I decide to pull the trigger... 

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"Pressing On" — A Letterpress Film

Crowdfunding

As a Kickstarter backer for "Pressing On" I was able to get an advanced digital version to watch ahead of the official release, which is not for several months. I immediately loaded the file on to my computer, plugged that into my 60" screen and cranked up the floor speakers for the best possible home theater experience. The film captures the true spirit of letterpress printing and the artists, collectors, hobbyists, and professional printers who still champion this craft. There are so many different variations and styles of printing now that it would be hard to capture so much great content in a...

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Flashback! One of My First Prints

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When I started printing — back in the summer of 2011 —I was working on a tabletop proof (or sign press) that had a print size of about 8x12" and I worked feverishly on this press cutting my teeth on it. I maxed this press out and did a ton of experimental projects in the beginning with the overwhelming excitement of being a first-time letterpress printer. It's funny to look back on the prints and projects I was working on before I decided to persue printing commercially. This poster was created for a friend who was way into cocktails at...

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