The One-Day Course

An intense one-day course, designed for beginners from all professional backgrounds to work closely with wood letter & metal type, letterpress materials & printing equipment.

The One-Day Course

offers its participants a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of typography & design through the use of the traditional materials & processes used in letterpress.

The workshop is typographically driven ‚Ästyou will be introduced to the fundamental procedures of metal type setting & wood letter composition & through a simple¬†series of exercises: begin to explore the possibilities of letterpress techniques & visual ideas; experiment with ink & understand the basics of printmaking paper.

Workshop Programme
10:00 ‚Äď 13:00
1. Workshop introduction
2. Workshop tour

3. Measurement systems
4. Methods & organisation of work
14:00 ‚Äď 17:00
5. Workshop practice: wood letter & poster type
6. Hand setting practice: metal type
7. Understanding the presses
8. Creative typographic exercise

Workshop Curriculum
Elements of the curriculum will be covered in
The Beginners course
Methods & Organisation of work
workshop limitations
workshop organisation & rules
Basic elements & tools
in hand setting practice
printing types
word spacing material
composing sticks
Measurement systems
the point system
standard line
Workshop work
type cases
the lay of the double case
methods of setting
Method of proofing
building the forme
using the proofing press
cleaning materials
correction signs
correction to the metal
Printing presses
lever joint presses
platen presses: clamshell & parallel
cylinder presses
raw materials
standard & non-standard sizes
trimmed / untrimmed
paper weight (gsm)
the Pantone system
mixing ink
colour theory
key texts

Autumn 2021

Details & Dates

Friday 20 August  /
The One-Day Course / 2021.8
Friday 17 September  /
The One-Day Course / 2021.9
Friday 29 October  /
The One-Day Course / 2021.10


The One-Day workshop is £250 per person (prices are currently frozen from 2019). There are a maximum of 5 places in each workshop. This keeps the classes focused & intimate.
Full payment will secure a place. Please Pay here (& select ‘One-Day Course’ & the date you are interested in).
Purchase Orders can be raised & a receipt will be issued on payment.
For any questions & payment details, please email
The One-Day Course / 2021 Gift Voucher. Can be used for all listed Friday One-Day Workshops throughout 2021.
Cancellations must be 5 days before the beginning of the workshop otherwise a heavy penalty will be retained! This might sound a little brutal & we understand that things can often change but last minute cancellations can effect the other students & the dynamic of the classes. We have the right to postpone courses due to illness or emergencies.