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Big Wheel Press

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Trade:
Vintage Pressers
Locale:
Northampton, MA

"Setting up a print job can sometimes be like working on a jigsaw puzzle— challenging but always worthwhile in the end. The best feeling is when the ink kisses the paper and then, of course, seeing the print on the paper.”

The ah-ha moment came for William at a friend’s art studio. He was using ink blocks to print something one by one with his bare hands. Mesmerized by the process, William decided then and there to go hunting for a letterpress. He got his hands on a Pearl#14, which has a large, cast iron flywheel, hence the name. (But if you guess that he had a child-like affinity for the Big Wheel tricycle, you’d also be correct.) They developed their own unique style of printmaking, often drawing on old-school expressions that seem fitting for their vintage typefaces.