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Long-Distance Letterpress: Provisional Press Building

with Steve Garst
Friday, July 15
9:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
$75.00 – $95.00


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Why you should take this class

During pandemic lockdowns, the lack of access to community and university print shops made teaching and learning letterpress printing next to impossible. Steve Garst, a letterpress educator and an inveterate tinkerer, was inspired to develop the Provisional Press. His DIY, open source cylinder press kit caught on as an extremely accessible, lightweight, and inexpensive way for people in small spaces and with limited budgets to own their own printing press. Students have used them extensively for remote studio classes. It’s an ideal starter press for those dipping a tentative toe into letterpress waters. And for others, it’s a handy solution to limited shop access or the need for an additional, portable, proofing press for demonstrations or workshops.

What you’ll learn

Steve Garst, the creator of the Provisional Press, will walk you through every step of the assembly as you simultaneously build your own kit and get all your questions answered along the way. You’ll gain valuable insights about the press’ machinations as Steve demonstrates all of the tricks that help make assembly easier. In this online workshop, you’ll:

  • Receive a 10% discount on a Provisional Press kit and printing base, which Steve will send to you before the workshop (provided you order by July 5, 2022).
  • Construct a Provisional Press from start to finish in under 3 hours.
  • Receive expert, step-by-step guidance from the creator of the press.
  • Get all of your questions answered, live!
  • Learn tips and tricks Steve has gleaned over countless builds.

To build along with the class, order a discounted press kit and base no later than July 5. Your kit will ship after July 5.


You must be a US resident to order a press kit. Unfortunately, the Provisional Press cannot be mailed to non-US residents.

Who should take this class?

Whether you’re in need of an inexpensive starter press, you have limited access to a print shop, or you already own a Provisional Press kit and want to build it with expert supervision, this workshop is for you! 

Will this class be recorded?

All of PiP’s classes are live and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and interactive this way. They are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature.

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About the Instructor

Steve Garst
Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Garst is an artist, educator, and designer/owner of the Provisional Press project. He has been working in letterpress, printmaking, and book arts for the last 15 years and teaching for the last ten years at universities across the midwest. In response to the pandemic he developed a printing press kit that has been built by hundreds of people and is used by over 50 universities as a solution for students to print at home.