(Closed) Letterpress help?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
22 posts

Buying a letterpress press (usually a platen style machine) is a huge investment – thousands of dollars huge.  It shouldn’t be something you enter into lightly. Not knowing where to start indicates you proubably aren’t ready for this purchase. Plus, they are scarce and true letterpressing is a process only for the very, very patient. 

If you want to give it a go – look for a local press, co-op or college that offers classes where you can learn how and try one out.  Many will also allow private time on the press for a fee. Getting press time is important because there a few different styles out there and learning which type you prefer is good to know before purchasing.

 If you want your own, Ready Made magazine had a great article last issue about how to build a letterpress style press for about $100.  That would be a very good place to start. 

Good luck!


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