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Introduction to Letterpress (Second class added)

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Dr John Holmes, Frayed Frisket Press, Dunedin
Tony King, The Printing Works, Cobblestones, Greytown

$75 includes 4 hours tuition, materials and Letterpress Booklet

RSVP to request a place and we'll be in touch with details. Numbers are limited but we hope to schedule further classes.


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This four hour course is for anyone interested in the traditional methods of printing from lead type. Letterpress was the main method of printing for over 500 years from Johannes Gutenburg’s 1450s bible to recent times.

Letterpress has seen a huge revival in the United States and Britain while locally a number of artists and craftsmen have maintained the tradition. The Printing Museum will be using their skills and knowledge in a series of classes to introduce a range of book arts to New Zealanders.

The course will cover basic typography, composition, layout and letterpress techniques such as lockup, inking and paper selection on tabletop platen and proof presses. The main project will be printing letterpress business cards or an alternative on soft cotton paper.


Dr John Holmes started Frayed Frisket Press while an undergraduate at Edinburgh University, initially printing ephemera (invitations, cards etc.) and pamphlets. He joined the British Printing Society in 1964 and contributed to 25 editions of Small Printing. He has been Printer in Residence at Otakou Press, Dunedin on four occasions.

Tony King has been printing for 60 years. He is one of the most experienced and busiest letterpress teachers in the country from his base at The Printing Works at Cobblestones in Greytown. Tony is also the moderator of Yahoo Group, Letterpress Downunder and coordinates lead type orders at The Printing Museum's foundry.