Lucky Duck Press

9 Willow Street
Winsted, CT
United States
+1 347.703.3984
Hand-fed. Foot-powered. Lucky Duck Press is my letterpress print shop. In 1901 my great grandfather started a printing business in Northwest Connecticut printing name tapes for women's shirtwaists and, later, various clothing items that were sent out for laundry service from camps, hospitals, schools, etc. As the business grew it kept up with the newest technology leaving the old hand- and foot-powered presses to gather dust. One hundred years later, I brought some of his lead type and a hand press to Brooklyn and Lucky Duck Press was born! In 2010 I reversed the trip and brought the presses back to their original home. I now work out of the very building in which my great grandfather worked and have much more space. I print, primarily, on a foot-powered 1889 Golding Pearl Old Style No. 3 and the 1905 Golding Official No. 9 hand press, creating note cards, wedding invitations, announcements, holiday cards, personal or business stationary, and other custom items. In most cases I print on Crane’s Lettra paper which is a soft, thick paper specifically designed for letterpress printing and takes an impression beautifully. Lettra is 100% cotton based and so no trees are used in its production. I offer a variety of stock designs to choose from which are, in most cases, hand-set with wood or metal type. Custom jobs can be easily accommodated as well by working with you (or your designer) to create a layout that is then turned into a polymer plate. Letterpress is a relief printing process in which a raised surface (type or images) is inked and then pressed into the paper leaving, in addition to the printed material, a tactile impression. For those that love the idea of historic techniques, handcrafted items, or all things printed, letterpress is a unique and lovely way to personalize your stationary needs.
Arts and Crafts Wedding Invitation
Arts and Crafts Wedding Invitation
Lily of the Valley Invitation
Lily of the Valley Invitation
Blind Debossed Barn Invitation
Blind Debossed Barn Invitation
Honey Bee Invitation
Honey Bee Invitation
Interview with Patrick from Lucky Duck Press
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I print on my great-grandfather's Golding Pearl No. 3 and Official No. 9. I most often use Crane's Lettra paper with VanSon rubber base ink.
What kind of products do you create?: 
I design and print wedding invitations, personal and business stationery, and all manner of ephemera.
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
I will be offering beginner's letterpress workshops soon!
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