- $65 for one admission to a letterpress printing workshop with Davin Kuntze
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
Each event is capped at 10 purchasers. Participants are required to have a photo ID in order to enter the Navy Yard. Participants are welcome to bring drinks and snacks.
What You’ll Do
Don’t be fooled—while the antique presses inside Woodside Press look old, they still come alive to produce colorful, whimsical designs. After touring the facility, letterpress printer and bookbinder Davin Kuntze teaches you how to set type, mix ink colors, and print five of your own small posters. Then, you can trade posters with other participants before taking home a colorful portfolio.
Tour Letterpress History
Davin takes you through Woodside Press and shows you its historical, letterpress-related equipment
Customize Your Letterpress
Create a design with different wood type, clip art, and cast metal type
Design and Print
Davin covers the basics of choosing type, setting up the press and mixing custom ink colors, before everyone prints their designs
Take the Lesson Home
Each person prints five small posters (plus extras to trade) and gets a line of hand-cast type to take home
Letterpress Printer and Bookbinder
Just a few words can transport Davin Kuntze back to his childhood: 72-point Lutetia Caps. That was the first metal type (casted by his father) that Davin ever set and printed. Even though he was just seven years old, Davin was hooked, and he eventually went on to get a degree in graphic design and a masters in book arts. He’s worked as a professional letterpress printer and bookbinder ever since, picking up ample media attention along the way.