about our equipment
Our studio houses two iron handpresses, two Vandercooks, a motorized Chandler & Price and a treadle Golding platen press, a Heidelberg Windmill, and a number of tabletop presses.
An on-site library offers books for inspiration and information on letterpress and bookbinding, as well as an active collection of printing samples that range across incunabula, Hatch Show Prints, and work representing a number of other contemporary letterpress studios and book artists.
The range of Lead Graffiti equipment is ideal for working on projects both large and small. Depending on the job, printing forms can be created from our broad collection of metal and wood type, or created digitally and ordered as photopolymer plates or copperplates. Our presses vary in size from tabletop presses designed for business cards to our 25" x 38" Hoe iron handpress. With handcranked, foot treadle and motorized presses, there's bound to be one that suits your speed, inclinations, and the job.
Feel free to drop us an email and tell us when you are going to be in town. We are about 2 easy miles off I-95 and, if you do it right, you can avoid paying the toll at the Delaware / Maryland border.
R. Hoe Washington #5 | through LetPress
25" x 38" platen (c. 1869)
Albion | Museum of Printing, Andover, MA
21" x 29" platen (c. 1890)
Vandercook SP-15 | eBay
14" x 18" image area (14.75" x 20" paper size)
Vandercook Universal III automatic | purchased from friend
18" x 24" image area (18.75" x 28" paper size)
Heidelberg windmill | Dentsply
10 x 15
Chandler & Price | David Rose auction
10 x 15 (motorized)
Golding | Mike | from friend
8 x 12 (treadle)
C & P Pilot | came with purchase of type collection
C & P Pilot West German clone | purchased from friend
Craftsman Superior | purchased from friend
plus Kelsey Excelsior, Kelsey Victor, and half dozen others
Intertype C4 (30 pica) | purchased through Briar Press
with approximately 65 magazines, 200 typefaces,
100 borders, and hundreds of special characters
20" computer-controlled electric paper
cutter | purchased from friend
32" rotary guillotine paper cutter | Hagley Museum & Library
24" Rosback perforator | belongs to friend
lead saw | belongs to friend
paper drill | belongs to friend