Letterpress printing is both an art and a craft to be preserved for those who treasure the written word and favor unique objects produced by hand.
The Stow family of Half Moon Bay, Calif. has practiced the art for more than 25 years at their local gift and card shop The Paper Crane. Doug Stow and his son, Robert, produce custom-designed posters, cards, booklets, and invitations. One of their specialties is printing poems in broadside form. (A broadside is material printed on one side of a single sheet of paper). The elder Stow has been printing broadsides of poems read at Half Moon Bay café M Coffee throughout the years
Recent projects include a broadside of a poem by poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as well as a booklet of baseball haikus printed midway through the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series season.
I produced this video (along with a written article) for Half Moon Bay Patch.