New to letterpress

I’m a graphic designer and am very interested in the craft and the intimacy letterpress can bring to design. I would like to know if anyone knew of any apprenticeships available in the Baltimore MD area and as a beginner what kind of press is best to learn on.

Thanks for the help.

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You might check out Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD. They offer classes and it may be possible to volunteer there. They have a web site.

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

Updated. You might also check Maryland Insitute. The Dolphin Press (MICA’s press) has a number of Vandercooks, lead type, etc. I am unsure about course offerings but it is defintely worth a shot. You might also check in with Gilah Press.

We have several letterpress classes coming up at Pyramid Atlantic. We have Business Cards on Handmade Paper on April 5, 12, & 19 which will use letterpress. And then we have Press-To Letterpress on June 25-27 with instructors from Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress.

We are also trying to start a regular series of letterpress happy hours in the summer so that people like you can get experience in letterpress informally. I will post details here when I have them.

Beth Ann @ Pyramid Atlantic (

Yes, me too!
Although, I am in southern Minnesota. Would anyone happen to know of any classes (or anything pertaining to letterpress!) offered in this area?
Good luck Josh!

Minnesota Center for Book Arts