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Long-Distance Letterpress: Demystifying the Windmill

with Jami Heinricher
Saturday, May 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
$50.00 – $75.00
A Zoom link will be sent in advance of class


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Why you should take this class

The Heidelberg Windmill is beautiful, precise, durable, versatile, and almost inexplicably affordable to acquire and maintain. Yet many letterpress printers remain hesitant to bring one onto the floor, even when their volumes and projects justify it. Let veteran printer Jami Heinricher lift away the mists surrounding this powerful and initially intimidating machine. Could this wonderful press be for you?

What you’ll learn

In our two hours together, Jami will run a job from start to finish so you can see each of the Heidelberg Windmill’s four print-control systems: automatic feed, registration, impression, and inking. Jami will take your questions throughout the class to help tailor the class to your needs. You’ll come away with a new understanding of: 

  • Situations where the Heidelberg Windmill excels 
  • Situations where it doesn’t 
  • How to evaluate a press for sale
  • Safety considerations
  • The importance of proper training

All participants will receive a detailed handout, which will surely come in handy should you decide to take the plunge!


This workshop consists of a demonstration and interactive Q&A, with no advance preparation or supplies necessary to participate.

Who should take this class?

Letterpress printers of all levels—beginners to experts—will enjoy this introduction to the Heidelberg Windmill. 

Will this class be recorded?

All of PiP’s classes are live, uncensored, and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and interactive this way. They are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature; to make the most of this tool, update to the most recent version of Zoom.

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About the Instructor

Jami Heinricher
Olympia, WA
Jami Heinricher is the owner/operator of The Sherwood Press in Olympia, Washington, an historic letterpress print shop founded in 1940 by Jocelyn A. Dohm. In 1989, while studying at The Evergreen State College (’91), Jami began a fourteen-year apprenticeship under Jocelyn, inheriting the lovely old shop after her mentor’s death in 2003. The press has evolved into a full-service print shop centered around a fleet of beautiful Heidelberg presses Jami takes particular interest and joy in using and understanding along with her very mechanically-inclined and supportive husband Terry. Jami is also a graphic designer focusing on small business branding and packaging as well as stationery products. In 2016 she established WIND•EYE Handmade Paper, and has taught letterpress and paper making both privately and through Arbutus Folk School.