We create custom letterpress business cards, stationery, invitations and marketing merchandise to serve the Tampa Bay Area with high quality printing. Letterpress printing is our passion.
Type: a piece of metal with a raised letter or character on its upper surface, for use in letterpress printing.
My studio has several drawers of type allowing me to compose with different fonts and sizes based on customers needs.
Chase: a metal frame for holding the composed type and blocks being printed at one time.
Once type is composed it is meticulously locked into a metal chase with wooden “furniture”. The chase is then inserted into the press.
Furniture: wooden blocks that surround your form or plate base to hold it in place.
Here is another angle of the wooden furniture surrounding the metal type locking it into the chase.
Printing Press: a machine for printing text or pictures from type or plates.
I use a Chandler & Price 10X15. It is from the early 1900’s and runs like a dream.
Registration: the action or process of registering.
Once the chase is locked on the press, a series of mathematical processes are used to register where your paper will lay to get the desired placement of text.
Roller: a cylinder that rotates around a central axis and is used in various machines and devices to move, flatten, or spread something.
In this case, we have three rollers which lock into the press. The rollers glide up and down over a round plate at the top of the press and smooth the ink evenly for printing.
Pantone: a system for matching colors, used in specifying printing inks.
Ink: a colored fluid used for writing, drawing, printing, or duplicating.
We create special pantone colors upon request. Here you can see the rollers and plate ready for printing after a quick re-application of gold ink.
Printing: the production of a single impression.
Chandler & Price 10X15
Chandler & Price was founded in 1881 in Cleveland, OH byHarrison T. Chandler and William H. Price. They developed machinery for printers including a series of hand-fed platen presses. Our press is one of these and is from the early 1900’s.
Letterpress: printing from a hard, raised image under pressure with the use of a printing press.