This is a short film about the letterpress printing process and why this craft that began in the mid 1400s is so special.
Letterpress is printing technique where the design is imprinted into the paper creating a texture that you can see and feel. The design is transferred onto a printing plate, then the press is typeset, inked and operated by hand. It's a labor and time intensive process that's well suited for wedding invitations and fine stationery products.
Harken Press uses a 10 x 15 Heidelberg windmill press from 1956. It's been fully restored and prints beautifully. The press is over 3,000 lbs and is lovingly referred to as "The Beast".