The Two-Day Course

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

The Two-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 – you 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.

The second day allows the students to develop a more thorough outcome.

Workshop Programme
Day One
10:00 – 17:00
1. Workshop introduction
2. Workshop tour

3. Measurement systems
4. Methods & organisation of work
5. Workshop practice: wood letter & metal type
6. Creative typographic exercise
7. Designing with letterpress
8. Two-day project brief
Day Two
10:00 – 17:00
1. Research & design application
2. Mixing Inks & Colour Theory
3. Understanding Printmaking papers
4. Design, setting & printing the project
5. Final discussion & feedback:
(with visiting consultant)

Workshop Curriculum
A majority of the curriculum will be covered in
The Intermediate 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

The Schedule 2020


Two-Day Wood Letter Workshop /
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 April
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Two-Day Metal Type Workshop /
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 May
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Two-Day Wood Letter Workshop /
Friday 26 & Saturday 27 June
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Two-Day Metal Type Workshop /
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 July
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The two-day workshop is ÂŁ450 per person (prices will increase in the new year). 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 the date you wish to attend). Purchase Orders can be raised & a receipt will be issued on payment. For any questions & payment details, email
The Two-Day Course / 2020 Gift Voucher. Can be used for all listed Friday & Saturday’s Two-Day Workshops throughout 2020.
Cancellations must be 5 days before the beginning of the workshop otherwise a heavy penalty of 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.