WHO WE ARE
The Pike Street Press is Seattle’s trusted commercial craft letterpress printing company. We print locally and with customers worldwide, with a wide range of design & advertising firms, freelance graphic designers, individuals, and corporations.
Having the best tools for the job is a must for high-end letterpress printing. After all, we are talking about working with vintage machines from 1950-1960’s era. Nobody is making new letterpress equipment nowa- days, but our machines represent the height of letterpress printing technology. Maintaining these presses and using them with modern letterpress techniques keeps our work looking crisp and vibrant.
We keep steady clientele with the top design firms, agencies and corporations in the world. Work produced in our shop is consistently celebrated on design blogs, inspiration websites, magazines and award shows.
Producing premium print work takes a level of skill that is fading in today’s digital printing world. We want to make sure every project that leaves our shop is the best it can be. If you have a printing challenge, chances are we’ve crossed that bridge before. When we offer advice on specialty production early in the process, we can provide known results with premium quality.
We combine many specialty services in house. Letterpress, foil stamping, die cutting and edge coloring are all processes we do in house. Additionally, if you have a project that involves offset, digital, or laser cutting we can coordinate that work with our trusted production partners.
THE HEIDELBERG WINDMILL PRESS
Designed and built by German craftsmen, the Heidelberg press features heavy-duty construction with massive base and platen of specially cast alloy and shaft of steel, toggle lever drive with impression control, push-and-pull mechanism for feeding very thin paper, perfect register at all speed variations, cylinder inking system and rollers running in precision ball bearings.
But the most radical feature of the Original Heidelberg press is its sweeping windmill feeder. This double blade, with grippers on both ends, moves in quarter turns from feeding, to print, to delivery positions.
The press, regarded by pressmen as “The Prince of Presses,” is made in West Germany by Schnellpressenfabrik AG Heidelberg (Heibelberg Rapid Press Works, Inc.) & now is made in 10.1/4×15” and 13 3/8×18 1/8” sizes.
The Heidelberg got its start over 130 years ago when German master machinist Andreas Hamm established a factory in the university town of Heidelberg in Baden-Wurttemberg in 1850 to build presses, folding machines and gas engines.
In spite of the tremendous acceptance of offset presses, prerssmen are not likely to forget the Heidelberg press. Long will they admire the ease at which it can be set-up and its fast getaway on any job, its tremendous impressional strength, its hair-line register and smooth trouble-free operation.
By Fred Williams Editor-Publisher, Type & Press
Gabriella (Seattle, WA)
Pike Street Press has done my graduation invites, my wedding save the dates, and soon my wedding invites! The letterpress work is so impressive and the designs are truly original! Can’t wait to use them for more jobs in the future!
Katherine K.(Manhattan,NY )
Wow, wow, wow. We wanted letterpress invitations and stumbled upon Pike Street Press randomly. We were shocked to see how low their quote was while at the same time bowled over by their beautiful portfolio. They were FABULOUS. We worked with Sean remotely to design custom invitations, and he was so flexible, creative, and professional. Our invitations turned out so beautifully, at half the cost of quotes we got in New York. We cannot recommend them enough.
Amazing work and great customer service! I had Pike Street Press make my stationery and business cards and I couldn’t be happier! I receive compliments each time I hand out a card or send a note. Their work exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend their services to anyone who is looking for great quality custom printing at an affordable price!