2019 Midwest & Great Northern Printers’ Fair - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

26th Annual Midwest and Great Northern Printer’s Fair
Thurs 9/12 - Sat 9/14 with Swap Meet Sat Morning.

WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019
WHERE: Printers’ Hall, Old Threshers Grounds, Museum B, Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Lino cuts on the Iron Handpress
Learn the technique of reductive linoleum cut printmaking AND the use of a classic iron hand press in a one-day workshop. Conducted by Jim Jereb. Each participant will produce an edition of an 8”x10” two-color image from the hand-carved linoleum surface.
Workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.
No experience necessary. Ages 14 and older with enrollment limited to 12 people.
Fee is $70.00 (cash or check) with all tools and materials provided on site.
Participants are encouraged to have an 8”x10” sketch ready to go and bring a work apron.

Handsetting and Printing a wood-type poster
Set and print a 12”x18” poster using a selection of antique wood type, border material and ornaments. All materials will be provided. Once your form has been set, we will print a limited number of copies (as time allows).
Workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and can run into the evening to give everyone a chance to complete their poster.
No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 6 people.
Fee is $50.00 (cash or check).

Cutting new wood type with Scott Moore
A half-day workshop with Scott Moore from Moore Wood Type. Morning session 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Afternoon session 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The class will be a study of wood type history mixed with the actual wood type cutting experience. Two pantographs will be available to allow students to cut both historic and modern new wood type. Producing additional new wood type using the “Stacked Type” method will also be presented to all participants to make new wood type using commonly available materials from Home Depot. End grain prepared hard maple will be provided as well as part of the fee. Additional materials will be available for purchase.
Enrollment limited to 6 to 8 people per session.
Fee $30.00 (cash or check)

Contact instructors to enroll in Workshops:
Jim Jereb [email protected]
Rick von Holdt [email protected]
Scott Moore [email protected]
For any general questions about the Printer’s Fair contact Rick von Holdt
I should also note that almost all of the fees for these sessions will go directly to maintain Printers’ Hall.

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Not only all of the above. BUT…… John Horn will be bringing a trailer-load of cabinets and all manner of letterpress stuff up from Little Rock to sell at the swap meet. This should not be missed unless your are interested in travelng all the way to Little Rock to buy it.

John is downsizing his massive collection. In fact he has a web site to help him get the process started. go to: johnthetypesnob.com to see pictures and descriptions and be absolutely blown away!!!!!!

Also if you have something specific that you have always wanted, you might try to contact John and see if he will load it onto his trailer and brintg up for the swap meet on Saturday morning.

Sellers can set-up Friday evenng, but the swap meet will not be open to buyers until 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

If you have letterpress things to sell, You can rent an 8-foot table for the swap meet for $10 each.


What’s happening on Thursday? I’m trying to plan when I get in the area Thursday or if I just show up Friday for the workshop. Thanks

THURSDAY we’ve defined as “Play Day”……come in and socialize with fellow printers and use any of the equipment (as long as you are qualified)——-bring your own project and print it——-hours are from 9 AM until early evening. *Bill

Just for the record: we don’t always shut down in the evening. If the paper is flying, and the ink is flowing, and the weather is good, we’ve been known to be open after midnight printing!!!! Bring a project to print, or even just bring an idea…..and lets print it!!!! Also there is camping on grounds with showers at $15 a night. Hope to see ya there!!! Steve

I should also mention that all of this is entirely inside a huge building. Printers’ Hall specifically is housed in a 1,500 sq. ft. space which is only a very small portion in the southeast corner of the building. Lots of additional open space just outside our interior walls, where some of the workshops and the swap meet will take place. We have people coming from Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Michigan, and Colorado as well as the states surrounding Iowa. Should be a fabulous swap meet. I do understand that some wood type will be available there. I never know exactly what will be brought but I have heard that there will be a 5x8 and 6x10 Kelsey press and a Model Press coming as well. The good stuff starts going quickly so be there at 8:00 a.m. Saturday when the doors open.

The doors should br open and the lights on until at least 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.