Inside The Shop
In 1997, David Wolfe opened Wolfe Editions in the Bakery Studio Building in Portland. Maine. Since then the shop has had scores of workshops, printed thirty published works, and produced innumerable fine print editions. The shop has always had an open door policy to encourage discussion, education, and collaboration.
David is a master printer specializing in relief and intaglio printing. This consists of traditional and contemporary letterpress, etching, photopolymer plates, woodcut, linoleum, and wood engraving.
Sean has pushed to have stone and plate lithography and to increase the production of fine press books, bringing new vision and energy to the roots of Wolfe Editions.
The letterpress studio consists of 2000 square feet with a Vandercook 223, a Vandercook Universal III, Heidelberg Windmill, Golding Jobber, Golding Pearl, Tufts Acorn iron hand press, Albion iron hand press, Intertype, Ludlow, and two Monotype composition casters. With over thirty cases of antique wood type and 100 cases of hand type, we can accommodate most needs.
The printmaking studio consists of 1000 square feet with a Charles Brand etching press, Sturgis etching press, Wells iron hand press, R. Hoe proofing press, and a large lithography press.
The shop is not a museum. Although most of the equipment is old, we use all the machines at various points in production.
Here are some of the presses and equipment found at our Portland location. Illustrations by Eli Sobel.
Types & Ornaments
The following types and ornaments are available: (scroll for more)