The art of letterpress is alive in Elk City.
Base Camp Printing Company strives to keep its process identical to a print shop back in the day, when a cast-iron printing press was state-of-the-art technology.
We specialize in posters, invitations, stationery, and business cards, designed, set and printed the old fashioned way — by hand. Come by the shop during business hours or by appointment to see this process in action.
613 Tennessee Avenue Charleston, WV 25302
Mon & Tues By Appt.
WHAT's on the press:
Hire us for Custom Work
Letterpress is an entirely hands-on process, and there are many steps before production even begins.
Here’s a look inside the process of ordering a letterpress paper product from Base Camp.
First, we will have a conversation to discuss all the details of your order. This includes the concept, copy, color, paper choice, dimensions, imagery, and budget. Preferably, this is done in person at the shop, but we can also accommodate your request via email or phone call. We will make sure to help you stay on budget with helpful recommendations throughout the entire process.
Next, we can start the fun part — design. Base Camp is both a print shop and a design studio. We are happy to work with you to create the perfect design for your project. Once a non-refundable deposit is submitted we will show you three concepts. You pick the direction. We will work together until we have a design solution that you love. This usually takes 2-3 weeks depending on the amount of revisions. We can also print from existing designs at no extra fee, as long as your files are the appropriate format.
Take it to Press
Production begins once we have your final approval on a design. The production time varies depending on the labor involved in your order. This includes typesetting, plate making, hand carving, and of course, printing. Once completed, we will give you a call when your order is ready for pick-up or shipping!
Base Camp Team
Born and raised in Charleston, WV, Emily is the owner, designer and printer at Base Camp Printing Company.
Emily was introduced to letterpress during her studies at WVU. There, she found a perfect marriage of her two loves: typography and relief printing. After learning the process of letterpress with WVU’s expansive collection of wood engravings, Emily interned at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, typesetting and printing gig posters.
With the help of Dan Davis and Hillary Harrison of Kin Ship Goods, Emily opened Base Camp Printing in May of 2016. Everyday you can find Emily in the shop creating original hand-pressed prints and custom paper products using her growing collection of movable type and her beautiful cast iron Chandler & Price printing press named, Idamay.
Luna is the other half of the Base Camp Printing team. She is still learning about the art of letterpress but has an amazing creative energy. Luna is at the shop everyday, eating snacks and napping in sunbeams.
Drop us a Line
Whether you're looking to start a new project or just have a question, we'd love to hear from you. Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
All messages will be submitted to Emily at Base Camp.