Classes and Workshops

Letterpress Workshops

Our next round of letterpress workshops will run from February through March. 

Each class lasts for 4 hours: 11am to 4pm, starting with a short tour of the studio. One short saying or proverb, agreed by all, will be composed  using hand-set type (students decide layout and fonts) Lastly, to print the saying, we will use a Heidelberg windmill platen letterpress and an ink color of the students' choosing. You will end up with four copies of your group's 8.5x11" printed saying. You will also get a chance to run the press!

To take a class: Email to book a class day. James will email back to accept. Confirmation & payment is through Paypal.  

The cost is $135.00 per person on scheduled weekends or weekdays by appointment. 

We must have two or more persons to schedule a class. Re-booking a missed class is allowed once with one week's notice. There will be no refunds for missed classes. 

Call James at (510) 289-8611 for more info.


Upcoming workshop dates: 

Saturdays and Sundays in February and March:

February 18th & 19th and 25th & 26th

March 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, and 25th & 26th

All workshops run from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

If you would like to schedule an individual or group workshop at a date or time not listed here, contact James directly at 

New: Paper Making Workshop

Join James in the shop to learn the art of paper making, and make at least 3 sheets of decorative 8.5 x 11" paper to take home with you. You'll also get a tour of the shop and its century-old presses into the bargain. Classes will last 3 - 4 hours, with a maximum of 4 students. If you have any specialty papers or extras that you'd like to include in your paper, feel free to bring them with you! James will have all the materials you need to get started. 

1 person: $110

2 people: $200

Paper making classes will be scheduled by appointment. Contact James directly to schedule a date and time. 


Tours of the Shop

Call James at 510 289 8611 or use the contact form to arrange a tour of the Horwinski Printing Co. warehouse—it's well-worth the trip!

You can also take an e-tour of the shop here.