Railway Station Press offers one day workshops for beginners in Alexandria who wish to learn to use the Chandler & Price Pilot tabletop press. The workshops begin at 10 A.M. and last until 6 P.M. and cover the complete letterpress experience from setting type, locking up the chase, inking the press, setting the tympan paper and gauge pins, to printing a limited edition, and finally cleaning the press. The photopolymer plate process will also be demonstrated if there is interest and time. These are the ones that are available at the Alexandria location.
The workshop is limited to two students and at the Alexandria, Virginia location about a mile north of Old Town near the Braddock Road Metro stop on the blue and yellow lines.
Stuart Bradley is the instructor and the class fee is $175 per person. With a $75 nonrefundable deposit your place will be reserved for a particular date. Please make the deposit check payable to Railway Station Press and send to Stuart Bradley, 105 East Glendale Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. Stuart can be reached at 703-683-2335 or at email@example.com to answer any questions you may have.
Since our first workshop in December of 2004 we have had 154 workshops with a total of 278 students. Students have come from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and England. Letterpress printing is alive and well.