It was a good year but it had some rough times as well.
Had a big fix to do on the Vandercook (2 actually) but she’s much healthier, added another Heidelberg Windmill to the shop as well.
Had some good clients, met plenty of new artists and friends, all in all a good year.
I’m going to try and do my best to stay up on my blog (although I say that every year)
Be safe and drive it like you stole it,
Yes, I have a few more classes on the calendar.
I know it’s only a few but with the Holidays approaching fast I’m doing my best to meet the demand.
With any luck I’ll be able to get a few more going before the end of the year.
Check the ‘Learn’ page for more details.
Okay, so I’m finally getting back to my website!
Things have been very busy these last few months and my hands have been full both on press and traveling with the band so I apologize to all who may be checking in from time to time.
I’ve been working hard with a new friend, Jason Markow (also know to many as Tekstartist) doing custom art posters every week. We’ve been busy doing both foil and letterpress ink runs for his typographic designs, attached is a sample.
I’ve been doing some awesome work for several artists, some new and some returning and my new goal is to get some new pics of the work up on the site soon for everyone to check out. I have some great new examples of all things letterpress.
You’ll also notice that the store has been shrunk down a bit. Partly because most of the old items have been sold out, but also because I’m working on a new line of merchandise that will blow your minds!
And finally a note on classes.
As my email list for classes grows I’m trying as hard as I can to get a new schedule up as soon as possible.
Believe me it’s not for wanting to do more classes, but when things in the shop are busy it’s really hard to fit them in time wise.
Since I run a one man shop, when things get busy, it can be overwhelming at times to do meetings, emails, quotes as well as all deliveries and pick ups and still make all the print deadlines while keeping my high standards for my clients.
That being said I’m determined to have some classes scheduled for Nov, my goal is to have a list of dates up by end of this week. Please keep in mind that there is a lot of interest for these dates and I expect the classes to fill very quickly so remember, once you get the email blast sign up quick!
That’s all for now, new plates and foil are in so it’s time to get back on press.
I hope to be much better at updates in the future and to post pics of some of the cool work coming through the doors.
Well, things have settled down enough for me to do a few more classes in March.
The dates are:
Tues March 12th 6 pm to 10pm
Thurs March 21st 6pm to 10pm
Thurs March 28th 6pm to 10pm
Yes it’s true…I’m finally ready to do more classes.
I’m really sorry for all the delays, due to shop production and my summer touring schedule it’s been really difficult to find time, but
I simply can’t hold any of you up any longer.
Here’s how it works.
Classes are 4 hours and are limited to 2 people (that way each person gets the most out of it)
We’ll go over the machines, the best paper for the process, how foil stamping, die cutting and embossing works and the general vibe of what letterpress can and can’t do. It’s important to have an idea of what you’d like to print, this is not a ‘print job’ class, it’s an over view of letterpress and the print process, we can’t print business cards, invites or any custom designs.
You’ll get to choose from over 100 sets of lead type, 40 sets of vintage wood type as well as over 1000 vintage images. We set it up and you get to run about 50 -75 pieces of 100% cotton Cranes Lettra paper on a Chandler and Price Old Style letterpress (1890) by hand. Some people print their names, maybe a song lyric or quote, a simple type jumble or something like that.
You need to wear closed toe shoes and keep in mind your hands will get dirty so white shirts aren’t the best : )
Cost of the class is $175.00 per person. To reserve your spot you need to confirm the date you want with me then send a check made payable to
4599 Mission Gorge Place
San Diego, CA 92120
There are a few of you with gift certificates and those will be honored for the classes, I will try and give these people priority as best as I can.
Here are the dates of the classes….
Saturday Sept. 8th…12 noon to 4pm
Tuesday Sept. 11th… 6pm to 10pm
Thursday Sept. 27th…6pm to 10pm
From past experience I know these classes fill VERY fast and I will do my best to get confirmations back to you as soon as possible.
If there is any way I can add more classes this month I’ll send another email as soon as I can.
I will also be doing Oct classes and will have those dates up by the last week of this month if not sooner.
We’ll be adding a Vandercook AB 219 New Style press in a few weeks .
(I just need to get the time for a road trip to pick it up : )
This press will handle a sheet size of 19″x26″ with an image area up to 18″x24″.
We’re very excited about the new, larger format and to finally be able to put to use our large vintage type collection.
I’ll be adding news more frequently as things progress. I’ve been super busy on press and haven’t always had the time to update the blog, but I promise I’ll work much harder with upcoming classes and news.
Sorry it’s taken so long to get the new class schedule up but things have been pretty busy here in the shop. Due to high demand though, classes are back in session! Check the learn page for details.
Things are moving along here in the shop and I’ve finally got things to where I want them only 6 months after moving in. We’ve added some new lighting, some new art on the walls (thanks to Valentine Viannay the silkscreen goddess!) and the last of the machines have been either moved out or moved around.
Thanks again to all who have helped out, George my master electrician, Jude Jorden,Valentine Viannay, Marc Hedges, , Julian Davis and of course my dad Jim Butler for keeping me on track and providing inspiration as well as muscles at various times.
And even though it’s Saturday, I’m happy to say I need to get on press!
My good buddy Marc Hedges at Marc Hedges Creative came up with this cool calendar to help you keep your resolutions straight. A limited edition, these will go fast so order yours now. He came in and ran the front and back covers by hand on the old C&P using old lead type. I must say he’s getting the hang of things here in the shop.
Check our store for more pics and to take care of your purchase.
Hey everybody, the good news is that my wonderful doctor is happy and has turned me loose to get back to work, slowly but surely, but work non the less!
That means classes are back in session.
The new class schedule is up on the learn page but here’s the lowdown for November:
Wednesday the 16th from 6 to 10 pm
Saturday the 19th from noon to 4pm
Tuesday the 29th from 6 to 10pm.
I’m not sure how many classes I’ll be able to do in December, i have a few road trip with the band, but will try and make time for a few before Christmas if I can.
Also remember you can give the gift of letterpress for the holidays as well, I do have gift certificates!
Looking forward to getting some of you in here for letterpress fun!
This is a short video done by my friend Shaun at Boyte Creative. Shaun did a wonderful job of capturing the ‘vibe’ here at the shop. Check out the entire post here.
Thanks Shaun, it is always a pleasure working with you!