We take care of letterpress printing, obviously, but lots of other things as well. Take a look and see how The Nomadic Press can help.

The Nomadic Press is a letterpress jobbing shop which works from the Adobe Illustrator or InDesign files that you create on your computer to crank out beautifully-printed letterpress pieces. Invitations and announcements, business cards and letterhead, posters and award certificates. Coasters, labels and hang-tags. What do you need printed? What do you want printed?

Hand binding limited edition books and constructing presentation cases and portfolios is a speciality of The Nomadic Press. If you don’t see what you are looking for as you peruse the portfolio and blog sections of this web site, then give a call and let’s talk. The possibilities have not been exhausted.


From 1 to 250,000+ Pieces
One- or Two-Sided
Unlimited PMS Colors
Up to 14 x 22″ Sheet Size
Die Cutting and Embossing
Scoring and Perforating


Corner Rounding
Hole Drilling


Hand Binding Books
Clamshell Boxes
Portfolio Construction
Presentation Boxes


Paper Marbling
Graphic Design
Project Consultation


Story-based marketing is big deal these days but The Nomadic Press has been spinning a yarn for decades. Grab a cuppa and have a read.

On a sunlit day at The Nomadic Press the light pours in through the large front windows and bathes a room full of cast-iron printing presses in a promising warmth. The maple woodwork of the 1914 building lends a quiet atmosphere to the pressroom where Master Printer Kent Aldrich creates the beautiful work that The Nomadic Press is known for.

Started in 1989, The Nomadic Press has, over three decades, seen letterpress printing through the days when the craft seemed to be heading towards an irrelevant obsolescence in the face of digital output and into a time when the tactile sensuality of the process and materials are at the apex of desirability.

As a small boy, in second grade, Kent was designing typefaces while other children were learning how to write letters. He learned his first calligraphic hand in sixth grade and had his first foray into letterpress printing in ninth. Kent went on to study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where all manner of materials and their relationships to one another were explored. When he began to pursue a life of letterpress printing in earnest Kent worked for the then-fledgling Minnesota Center for Book Arts where, on a daily basis, as many of the world’s finest printers, book binders and papermakers stopped in to share their knowledge and inspire others.

Kent purchased his first printing press for fifty dollars and soon added other equipment as he proved to more and more clients that letterpress printing remained a tasty and dimensional option. In 1993 Kent and his friend (and wife) Emily purchased the brick building that is still home to The Nomadic Press. They lived in the apartment above the print shop for the next seven years where the friendly rumble of the presses resonated throughout the space at all hours. In the early days their children (now grown) joined in many a client meeting.

Now, after printing letterpress for decades and, some say, inspiring a national resurgence of the craft, Kent Aldrich continues the tradition of his life’s work at The Nomadic Press. Whether he is working on printing a small run of business cards a multi-colored piece of great complexity, or on the construction of custom clamshell presentation box, decades of experience goes into each piece. And in the end the pleasure that Kent takes in his work is apparent in its quality and in the attention that has been paid to the details.


From working on the binding of books using a maple sewing frame to paring leather on a block of polished limestone, the hand work performed at The Nomadic Press is well founded in a sense of craft brought forward from a time when equipment was built to last a couple of hundred years. And the quality of the finished work shows it.


The two work horses at The Nomadic Press are its hand-fed Chandler and Price, Old Style, clamshell presses. Commonly known as C&P presses, these machines were built at the end of the 1800s in Cleveland Ohio by the Chandler and Price Company.

The 10 x 15 C&P (affectionally known as Grandpa) was built in 1894. It has an electric motor with a variable speed control and can, when running at top speed, print more than 2,000 impressions an hour.

Photo of Middlesized C&P

The Beast

The 10 x 15 C&P (affectionally known as Grandpa) was built in 1894. It has an electric motor with a variable speed control and can, when running at top speed, print more than 2,000 impressions an hour.

Both of the C&P presses can be, and most usually are, run using a foot treadle. Which saves on the print shop’s electric bill and keeps the pressman warm in the winter.


For large format work, Nomadic Press uses its Vandercook Universal 1. This press was built in 1957 and was originally used to take proofs of galleys of type. But because of the exacting degree of control that it allows its operator, it is an ideal press for close register edition work.


The Press that is used for long runs is the 12 x 18 Kluge self feed and delivery. Built in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1932 by Brantjen & Kluge Company, this press has all the endearing qualities of a steam locomotive—really.