Welcome to Whisky Jack Letterpress

I began setting up a letterpress print shop in 2014 when I acquired an antique Challenge 21-M proof press (ca. 1960s) from Victoria, BC, by way of Southern California, and moved into Studio 300 in the historic Grain Exchange Building, 815 1 St SW in downtown Calgary. I moved in the tabletop Chandler & Price that had been in my basement, and began putting together a collection of type ranging from 6-pt metal type to 8-inch wood type, with all kinds of bits and bobs scoured from the internet and classified ads.

At the time, I really had no idea what the master plan was. (I still don’t, I suppose.) I knew that I loved the craft and history and general pigheadedness of letterpress; as a poet, I believed in the artistry of the written word and felt its form ought to carry as much meaning as its content. So, I am slowly acquiring skills by making mistakes and asking lots of questions of my printer friends, and I hope to work my way into the book arts through small stationery projects and broadsides.

You can follow my progress on Instagram @whiskyjackpress and below. Please click on the projects below for more information, or to purchase.

Letterpress Projects

“Giving a Shit.”

A collection of original broadsides, written by various authors, designed and printed at Kidd Letterpress. Coming soon. Price: TBD.

“Hearts.”

$10.00

12 pt Garamond on fine paper. 7×9 inches. First edition of 8 and second edition of 13. Second edition for Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers print exchange and exhibition, August 2016.

“Saltfish.”

$10.00

Hand-cut linocut with 8-line wood type and 12 pt Garamond on fine paper. 13×19 inches. Edition of 25.

Cards & Stationery

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

Come Over

$5.00

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

Happy Day

$5.00

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

Hey You

$5.00

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

Love

$5.00

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

Thank you

$5.00

Greeting cards made with a variety of metal and wood type, as well as printer’s blocks new and old. Printed on Crane Lettra.

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