Letterpress Workshops for Beginners / You pick the date!

Workshops are in Alexandria, Virginia and are offered on the dates listed below, with a maximum of two students each workshop.  Please note that additional dates including weekdays are now available by request if you have one or two people ready to take the workshop.  All materials including paper and envelopes are provided. 

The cost of the workshop is $175 per person with a $75 nonrefundable deposit to hold your reservation and the balance of $100 due on the day of the workshop.  Please make your check payable to Stuart Bradley and send to 105 East Glendale Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 or send payment through Paypal to stuartbradley@comcast.net.

Beginner Workshops:

Sat. March 7, 2015                          (2 available)

Sat. March 21, 2015                        (2 available)

Sat. April 18, 2015                           (2 available)

Other times by appointment

Intermediate Workshops & Private Lessons

by Appointment / Weekdays Included

Any questions please email me at stuartbradley@comcast.net

Click on image above to see a photo essay by Brad Cornelius documenting a letterpress workshop he and his wife Melissa took at Railway Station Press.
Workshop Gift Certificates Available
New Workshops, by popular demand an Intermediate class with an emphasis on setting type, mixing ink, exploring the graphic element alternatives such as photopolymer, copper dies and linoleum, doing a two color card and other more advanced letterpress printing techniques.

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 stuartbradley@comcast.net 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.


A view of the Alexandria print shop with the C&P Pilot press, the drying rack, and one of the two imposing stones. Click on the above picture to go to Glenann and Eric's blog of their experience taking this beginner's letterpress workshop.
Another view shows the type cabinet on the right, the paper cabinet under the table, and the press and granite imposing stone.
This refinished oak type cabinet holds 16 fonts of newly cast type. We built a granite imposing stone into the top.
A library card catalog with the hardware removed and wooden drawer bottoms inserted makes a great place to store ornaments, borders, cuts, tubes of ink, and gauge pins.
Spacing material is stored apart from the type and the point size is indicated on the side.