But First, Coffee: April 12 Letterpress Workshop

We had a creative and enthusiastic group in our latest But First, Coffee workshop. Students choose a favorite coffee-inspired quote or saying and then selected wood and metal type (and also from a selection of Virgin and Moore wood type ornaments and cuts) to create a printed work.We had 12×19″ broadsides with big wood type and some more delicate approaches to the theme as well.

We served up Lafayette-roasted coffee from Proper Grounds and snacks from Tee & Cakes to fuel the creative process.

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Our coffee-inspired workshop on this beautiful fall afternoon yielded high-energy and creative results! For starters we served up some tasty, locally roasted coffee from Proper Grounds and some pumpkin bread from Tee & Cakes. Workshop participants delved right into the letterpress world and had a chance to print two color posters – complete with some with experimental diagonal type printed on the Shniedewend and Lee 8×12″ platen press. Folks could meander through Dogs & Stars’ bonus bounty of wood type (from 6 line to 25!), borders and ornaments as well as the Book Arts League’s 11 ton collection of lead type. We got to use the Vandercook, Nolan proof press as well as the “clam shell.” Today was a highly productive class with as much fun as it was entertaining to see what our coffee connoisseurs were able to produce.

Please check out our other upcoming classes here. Learn to print and bind with the Book Arts League!

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Books Arts League members Tom Parson and Brian Wood have returned recently from the APA Wayzgoose at Hamilton Type & Printing Museum and Two Rivers, Wisconsin. This years’s Wayzgoose offered several workshops from pressure printing with Brad Vetter (formerly of Hatch Show Print) to a class where attendees got to cut wood on a pantograph – the old school way– using Scott Moore’s own pantograph machine!

Among the workshops there was a swap meet, talks on rare books and watermarks, a banquet, and auction and museum tours and demonstrations (also on cutting wood using house pantographs.) This was truly an inspiring gathering of printers, collectors, type aficionados, type casters and letterpress friends.

More photos can be seen on the Hamilton Facebook Page.

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Open House June 8, 2014

4 times a year, the Book Arts League hosts an open house, opening the doors to the public to see our historic farmhouse and bunkhouse (where most of the printing equipment is located). It’s always wonderful to meet so many new people interested in our efforts to preserve the arts of the book!

This open house Book Arts League volunteer/member Brian Wood, who focuses on wood type, printed a broadside showcasing the beauty and impact of wood type in a large format. Prints were free to all who attended, as well as locally roasted Proper Grounds Coffee and freshly baked cookies were there to comfort folks on a rainy afternoon.

Press in action: Vandercook: Sp15



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Englewood Letterpress Depot Fundraiser/Print Show

The Book Arts League and some of our volunteers have participated in the support and fundraising efforts for the Englewood Depot , which will be a “a living museum of letterpress printing, typography, design, poetry and art.”

There will be 2o letterpress printers’ broadsides from across the globe on display on Friday, June 6.

Friday, June 6

4280 Tennyson St.
Denver, Colo.


Come see posters by 20 of the world’s best letterpress printers, all designed especially for the Depot. Printers from New Mexico to Australia, from Oregon to Brazil, and of course from Colorado, have created some spectacular examples of what can be done on a letterpress. This Depot Poster show will be held June 6 at the BookBar at 4280 Tennyson. (Depot members/supporters viewing at 5 pm; BookBar is open for First Friday Art at 6 – more details soon.) A limited quantity of the posters will be offered for sale. All donation proceeds, of course, to the Depot. For those of you who already have ordered work from this letterpress portfolio, you can pick them up at the event. Board member Jason Wedekind and Diane Tomasso were masterminds behind this project. Amazing support from the amazing letterpress community!

Posters of this portfolio project are also on exhibit at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, through the annual Wayzgoose of the Amalgamated Printers Association, June 13-17!

Book Arts League Letterpress

Book Arts League broadside printed, hand carved, hand set and printed by BAL members Vivian Jean & Julia Seko

Dogs & Stars Letterpress // Boulder Colorado

Broadside printed and hand-set by BAL member Brian Wood on behalf of Dogs & Stars

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Open House: Printing a Broadside with Woodtype // Sunday, June 8, 1-4pm

Please join us Sunday, June 8 from 1-4pm for an open house at the Ewing Farm and Bunkhouse. Come see a live printing demo featuring antique wood type on a Vandercook press. Free prints for all who attend!

Between the printing on vintage presses and the historic Ewing Farmhouse, it’s like stepping back in time – when things where all done by hand and created with passion and carefully executed.

The event is free and open to all!

Sunday June 8
Ewing Farmhouse & Bunkhouse
1915 N 95th St., Lafayette CO 80026

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Book Arts League // Letterpress & Book Arts // Lafayette Colorado

Book Arts League // Letterpress & Book Arts // Lafayette Colorado

Book Arts League // Letterpress & Book Arts // Lafayette Colorado

Book Arts League // Letterpress & Book Arts // Lafayette Colorado

Book Arts League // Letterpress & Book Arts // Lafayette Colorado

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Art Night Out in Lafayette

The Book Arts League was at the recent Art Night Out in Lafayette last week. Each 3rd Friday during May-September Lafayette hosts this event featuring live music, local beer and food, and shuts down the street for artists and vendors to share their talents, goods and wares.  We met a lot of great local people who enjoyed Tee & Cakes cookies and got to print their own free 8×14″ broadside. We hope you enjoyed the event and if you missed it here’s more info on upcoming Art Night Out (s).

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The Book Arts League was one of 20 letterpress printshops from all around the world invited to participate in fundraising efforts to help the Englewood Depot. Local letterpress legend, Tom Parson, founded the museum and is in the process of starting a very cool project…

“The Englewood Depot: a living museum of letterpress printing, typography, design, poetry and art – a working vintage letterpress printshop, with space for exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, events and meetings, as well as typographic research and printing projects – to be a resource available to the community.” –

Book Arts League volunteers, Julia Seko and Vivian Jean, teamed up to create an 11″ x 15″ broadside. The print involved concept & design, hand carving a lino block and setting metal and wood type as well as metal ornaments. This covered a wide variety of letterpress elements and the print hints at the classic wanted posters as well as pays tribute to the history of the former train depot-turned letterpress museum.

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