The Burke Print Shop

Letterpress Workshops

Attend a workshop in The Burke Print Shop to learn about shop etiquette, wood type, design and printing your own letterpress piece. The workshop is designed for all skill levels and cost $45 with all materials provided. Check out our Calendar for the next Letterpress Workshop.

Once you are checked out in the shop, you will be able to reserve time in the shop and explore this wonderful craft at your own pace. Open Letterpress is always on Saturday’s from 1-5pm but you can reserve time according to your own schedule. Shop rental is $35 and covers all your materials.

Our Letterpress Workshops allow you to learn the history of Letterpress along with different styles and techniques used to create posters, post cards, and invitations. Those who attend will have the opportunity to custom print their own limited edition series of prints using wood type and vintage stock images. 

With much gratitude, The Henderson thanks the Joey Burke family of Abingdon, Virginia for the donation of a vintage letterpress shop, including a working Chandler & Price printing press, a vintage proof press, a substantial collection of wood and metal type and much more. 

We house a collection of Poco model “0” Proof Presses and so much more!

  • 4 Fully rebuilt Poco model “O” Proof Presses, including bed plate and cylinder packed to original Poco specification.
  • 1 Fully rebuilt Poco model “2” Proof Presses, including bed plate andcylinder packed to original Poco specification.
  • 16” Antique Lever Paper Cutter, used, ground blade
  • 1 Showcard Longmaster Proof Press
  • Galley Cabinet, including galleys for use with Poco presses, allowing storage of type and engravings as well as galleys for holding of forms during printing

We would also like to thank Robert Weisfeld of Abingdon, Virginia for his donation of two type cases filled with metal and wood type, and Tom Graham of Marion, Virginia for his donation of vintage Hamilton Type cases and a vast collection of vintage letterpress icons related to the history of Marion, Virginia and Smyth County.

If anyone knows of wood type or letterpress components that need a home, please contact us, we are always welcoming any chance to expand our collection.

The Burke Print Shop is dedicated to preserving the history and craft of letterpress printing. This shop provides a resource for designers, artists, and craftsman, and also a significant learning resource for students of all ages. There is a revival in the interest of book arts, letterpress, paper making, paper marbling, and calligraphy and we are proud to be part.

This shop is also a wonderful legacy for the writer and beloved Sherwood Anderson. After all, it was the love of the printed word that brought him to the Town of Marion, Virginia.