dock 2 letterpress

855 Publishers Parkway, Dock #2
United States
Here at Dock 2 Letterpress, we use old stuff to make new stuff. Our designs come from our collection of over 1,000 cases of lead and wood type, hundreds of dingbats, borders and other images. We have 11 presses on the floor that can do everything from print, die cut, emboss and deboss to perforate and score. This gives our customers the advantage of having all the printing and finishing done in one shop. We hand set every piece of type, border, and image on our Vandercook Proof Press, C&P Platen Press, or Wesel Iron Hand Press. Some of our type is over 100 years old, it’s not perfect and that’s what will make your job look perfect. Posters, coasters, invitations, business cards, are just the beginning of what we can design for you.
Mohawk Paper Feedback Loop Notebook Project
Mohawk Paper Feedback Loop Notebook Project
Red Letterpress t-shirt
Red Letterpress t-shirt
Interview with tony from dock 2 letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Hand setting type! Designing on the fly. You have your sketch, and an idea of what will fit then it doesn't so you have to find something that does. It's what we think makes letterpress cool
What inspires you?: 
Finding basement print shops, and the treasures that come with moving them into our shop. New to you cuts. Getting new type in the shop. Carving wood. Other peoples wood carvings. sunsets. sunsets are always good.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Our Vandercook No.3 is the work horse of the shop. Her name is Izzy, she was built in 1937. We use Charlie a lot too, our 1894 Challenge Gordon 8x12. Our house sheet is Crane's Lettra, but Mohawk 130 Dbl. Cover is pretty nice for poster work. Ink, the best is the old rubber based inks you find in shops when they close, covered in 50 years of dust. but we'll use just about any ink.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Design on the fly. Start with a good full size sketch, then start choosing type that works with the concept. We use upside down blocks for texture and shapes too. Our designs are very type based. We have a good collection of cuts and dingbats to compliment the type as well. I don't like to use plates if I don't have to, but I'm not opposed to getting them done for logos and other specific artwork.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Posters, coasters, business cards, wedding invitations, t-shirts(printed on the letterpress) self-promotions, fans, books, journals, postcards, greeting cards, smart ass notebooks, pretty much anything on paper, canvas or cloth.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: or stop by our showroom at the shop.
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
We offer a full range of classes from Intro to Typesetting and Letterpress to poster workshops on the Vandercook or Wesel. We also offer team building workshops and creative workshops for the creative industry.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
Wish I knew how to properly set type in a composing stick so it was tight in the chase, and how to properly tie up a form so I wouldn't pie my type.
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