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!
Hi All, well it’s that time again!
I’ll be going in for arm surgery this coming Tuesday and although we won’t know how well it goes until I wake up, I’m confident in my doctor and we’re all hoping for the best.
Even though I may be out for a while things are moving ahead here in the shop. My visionary collaborator Valentine Viannay and I are are gearing up for a big sale of new products at the beginning of December on Fab.com and we’re working hard here in the shop. If you can’t wait to see soem of the new stuff make sure to check out my Etsy store, just search Qletterpress.
I’ll also be featured in a new video blog project done here locally by Shaun Boyte at Boyte Creative.
He’s doing features on creative people here in town and was kind enough to include me. We’re really excited about it. I’ll make sure to get the link up on the site as soon as I can.
I know everyone is excited about more classes as well. Hopefully my arm will be in good enough shape to get a few scheduled while I’m on the mend.
Well that’s it for now. I’ll do my best to give an update and get back to blogging as soon as I can.
I had the pleasure of having the typography students from the Art Institute come in for a shop visit last week. The kids were great and paid attention the whole time ( I can ramble when it comes to my machines!) I’d like to thank both Carly Catarcio and teacher Richard Ybarra for letting the kids come in and seeing how to do it old school!