9 comments


  • Ian

    Thanks, Mike. Instructive and Downright fascinating.

    March 05, 2013
  • Bryan Bradfield

    This is a wonderful description of the creative artistic side of your passion/business. I’ve visited Hatch Show Print in Nashville (the tourist portion only) after seeing reproductions in the Ryman auditorium. How do you believe that your process differs from the historic Hatch Show Print process? Would Hatch have put as much thought into appropriate font? Would Hatch have interacted with the customer in a similar fashion to your approval process with your customer? Or did they just splash stuff together and create a traditional look accidentally?
    Finally, I think that it is appropriate that Craig & Julie contracted with a musician to create a new/old vision of their enterprise. Congratulations to all.

    March 06, 2013
    • Bryan, thanks for your thoughtful questions. I haven’t been to Hatch Show Print (yet), but from what I know, they do create posters in a thoughtful way. They have the advantage of having 100+ years of collecting type, images, and clout to have artistic latitude. I can’t speak for how they interact with the customer, but I know the people that run Hatch are highly regarded in the letterpress industry, and care about Hatch and its history. I enjoyed working with Craig and Julie as I do with most musicians, so if you ever need a poster for something…

      March 14, 2013
  • Kerri Holmes

    Amazing artwork Mike. Your skill in carving lino is pretty fine! I’d be so scared to mess up and have all the effort turn on me. This poster is an illustration of stamina, precision, and creative value.

    June 15, 2013
    • Kerri,

      Thanks for your thoughtful words… I think each craft has it’s own ways of finding diligence and precision, including yours.

      July 15, 2013
  • Dave

    I love the letter press. True Type, not “truetype”, if ya know what I mean…

    Will you be doing case-stickers with the nimble fingers artwork this year? EVEYBODY wants to put one on thier instrument case. I sure do!

    July 30, 2013
    • Dave, Thanks for your comment. I’ll chat with Craig and Julie about case stickers for next year… it’s a great idea!

      August 28, 2013
  • Lisa Luckettt

    Very interesting! Thanks!

    August 16, 2013
  • […] Here is the complete blog post from Mike – it’s chock-a-block full of interesting info about the letterpress process, from early stages of design to completed, stunning piece of art. […]

    August 19, 2013

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