Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
Rob
Last Name
Beckstrom
Press Name
Spare Press
City
Ukiah
State
CA
Country
USA
Website or Blogsite
www.spareorgan.com
Year You Started with Letterpress
2011
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing

I was introduced to letterpress printing by a close friend who teaches screen printing at Foothill College. He mentioned that there was a letterpress printing class there, so I decided to take it. The teacher was Michael Day. He was an amazing teacher and source of inspiration on getting started printing on my own. In January of 2012, my wife and I moved up to Ukiah from San Mateo. I now had room for a full size press, cabinets, etc., with room to grow. My childhood dream was to become a printer...and now I am in my spare time!

Presses & Equipment

10x15 Chandler and Price New Style, Triumph 14" Stack Cutter, and an Adana 3x5 Tabletop Press too...

Education & Training

1 semester of letterpress printing at Foothill College, a few other classes here and there at the SFCB, lots of reading and help from other printers all over.

Work History

I am not a jobber, just a hobby printer. I sell custom wood doors full time and print for recreation, for friends and family.

Other Interests & Hobbies

making music, graphic design, making soap, cooking vegetarian food, collecting punk/hardcore records and tapes, zines, my puppies...

Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
Birth Year
1973
Your Photo or Press Photo

Predefined Group Memberships

APA: Amalgamated Printers Association
AAPA: Amatuer American Press Association
APHA: American Printing History Association
ATF: American Typecasting Fellowship
BPs: British Printing Society
LOLP: Ladies of Letterpress

NAPA: National Amateur Press Association