My name is David Miller, and I am the owner and operator of Handcraft Press.
My letterpress love affair started over 25 years ago, when I was given a free 1921 Chandler and Price that was destined for metal recycle. I had been working in the printing industry since 1986, and had recently settled on the Western Slope of Colorado to raise a family. I set up shop in the back room of a local business, working after hours on small diecutting projects. 6 years later, on March 1st 2001, I went full-time with my own business.
As I expanded my operations to include more industrial projects, I never forgot about the small press that stole my heart. With my children grown, I scaled back my business to focus on the work that I most love: letterpress printing, embossing, foil-stamping, and diecutting. I’m now a one-man operation, and that’s the way I like it. I can happily spend hours tinkering with beautiful old presses, restoring them to beauty and functionality.
My favorite thing I do is pulling a gorgeous impression from a nice, thick paper, after all the effort of troubleshooting a complicated job.
As the world becomes increasingly globalized, and cheap efficiency is valued as “good business”, those who love and appreciate quality craftsmanship are a rare commodity. Those are my people.