Photos by John Labovitz

Photos by John Labovitz

SHED LETTERPRESS is an independent letterpress studio located in Durham, North Carolina. We run a 1954 Heidelberg Windmill letterpress and specialize in reasonably-priced, high quality letterpress for a variety of clients. From brides to banks, to short-run artist prints, we’re happy to crank out some tactile letterpress goodness for you.

From the velvet nap of our tree-free papers to the distinct imprint of the type, Shed Letterpress creates sophisticated keepsakes that immediately announce their handcrafted character. Each piece of paper, each color, each run of the press is singular, culminating in an elegant, yet highly individual item.

At Shed, we are committed to keeping things small, handcrafted, and personal, and we strive to create an environment where all of our clients and designers feel like friends. We offer in-house letterpress printing, foil stamping, edge painting, and die-cutting, and are happy to project manage pieces requiring multiple processes, such as digital and letterpress printing, or letterpress and binding services.



We offer in-house letterpress printing, foil stamping, edge painting, and die-cutting on a 1954 10x15" Heidelberg Windmill. Owner Sarah Almond was trained at venerable NYC print shop Press NYC, and has printed for clients such as Versace, Isaac Mizrahi, and the New York City Ballet. Our standard for quality is impeccable, and we aim to do the same for the environment. All of our packaging is recycled or made from post-consumer waste materials. We recycle all of our plate material and paper overage as well, in addition to using low-VOC solvents and rubber-based inks.


RECENT PRESS

 

AIGA Raleigh
Homegrown: Print is Dead, Long Live Print! | November 14, 2015

  • One major theme throughout the panel discussion was the debate over utilizing local letterpress artists or commercial printers for projects. Every project is unique in design, audience, messaging, and delivery so one way won't always be the right way. Read on...

8 Balloons
A Paper Lover's Guide to Durham | October 29, 2015

  • It was here that I discovered a local stationery line called Shed Letterpress. This design studio was founded by local Sarah Almond in 2010. Cards are stylish and vintage, mid-century inspired. Read on...

Stationery Trends Magazine
Fall 2015

  • Nice Job card featured in Fresh Picks: Rainbow Foils. Read on...

Our State Magazine
The Art of Letterpress Finds a Home in Durham | June 25, 2015

  • When Sarah Almond moved to Durham, she wanted a house with a garage — not for a car, but for her 3,000-pound letterpress. When she finally found a cute brick house not far from downtown with a detached shed garage, Shed Letterpress found a new home, that coincidentally fit its name. Read on...

Triangle Business Journal
Shed Letterpress Says Foil Stamping is This Season's Wedding Trend | May 27, 2014

  • "No one will ever throw away a letterpress business card," says Almond. "It's a handmade product, but it's high quality, not crafty. I touch each card myself." Read on...

The Southern Coterie
Entrepreneurs to Watch: Sarah Almond of Durham, NC | March 5, 2014

  • Sarah has an online shop with a variety of oh-so-special cards for all occasions and she also designs for creative couples on their wedding day through Shed Letterpress's sister company, Union Press & Paper. Read on...

Daily Shot: The Garden & Gun Blog
Southern Letterpress Valentines | February 5, 2014

  • Few things are as treasured as the handwritten love letter. And thanks to a growing crop of letterpress artisans here in the South there’s no better way to deliver your message this Valentine’s Day than putting pen to paper. Read on...

Paper Crave
Quick Picks | August 22, 2013

Oh So Beautiful Paper
National Stationery Show, Pt. 7 | May 29, 2013

My Mom Shops
Coming Soon: The National Stationery Show | May 13, 2013

BlogXCar: The Boxcar Press Blog
Taking the Plunge Into Letterpress | April 9, 2013

  • For some, the plunge was just natural; it came to them the first time they ran the press, for others, the story is a serendipitous chance of events. Read on...

BlogXCar: The Boxcar Press Blog
Think Ink | January 30, 2013

  • “It’s rare to get a great flood from one impression alone. Frequently I have to skip feed the press to get the consistency that I like. This can present a problem, however, as double feeding darkens the Pantone. When I know that I’m going to need to run something through the press twice, I will add a bit of transparent white to the mixed ink in an effort to maintain the color. I’ve also found that, when skip feeding, it’s better to err on the side of underinking and then build up very, very slowly.” Read on...

Felt & Wire
Our roundup of pleasing thank-you cards | June 25, 2012

  • “The expanse of rattan from Shed Letterpress above makes me feel relaxed, retro and resort-y. Thank you, Sarah Almond, for letterpress printing this card. And for blind debossing the wood texture on your business card.” Read on...

Paper Crave
Letterpress Happy Birthday Cards | June 20, 2012

  • Are you ready to see some pretty darn cool birthday card designs? Read on...

Design*Sponge
National Stationery Show 2012: Sweet Nothings | May 25, 2012

  • For me, cards are almost always about telling someone special that you care about them. I’ve gotten better at sending “just because” cards, but I always prefer to send something sweet. So for today’s National Stationery Show post, I wanted to share my favorite lovey-dovey cards…Hot Stuff card by Shed Letterpress. Read on...

Letterpress Perfect
South of the Mason-Dixon Line | March 2011

  • …to make things better is Shed Letterpress based out of Durham, NC. They make some super cute cards and their custom work is awesome! Read on...

For Print Only: a division of UnderConsideration
David Deasy Business Card and Mailer | July 26, 2011

  • Greensboro, NC-based idea man David Deasey contacted Shed for the printing and production of his identity suite. Read on...

We Love Letterpress Interview

inker linker | Service Directory Listing

  • Sarah is a gifted expert! She walked us through the whole process of creating a business card, giving great recommendations for design, card stock and ink that all worked together to create a piece that grabs peoples’ attention. We always get strong responses to Sarah’s wonderful work! Read on...