Letterpress Printing

Perhaps no invention, over the last six hundred years has had more impact on our civilisation than letterpress printing. Being essentially the same process used by Gutenberg, who in 1450 invented moveable type – and by association the printing press – letterpress is a craft.  (we believe both Gutenberg and Caxton would feel very at home in our workshop!)

Although the press has evolved from the screw down hand press, through to our mechanised four Heidelberg Platens “windmills”, it is a joy to be involved with a time honoured process and skill that modern technology cannot match. The quality of the resulting printed material is entirely due to the skill of the pressman.  John Sinclair, who has over thirty years of experience, heads our letterpress team. 

Up until the late fifties, the majority of printing in the UK was done by letterpress and in the cities the clatter of newspaper presses added to the background noise.  Since then, letterpress has been swept away by a tidal wave of technology, leaving only a few companies like Piccolo Press, to continue the craft.
View our gallery of letterpress examples HERE