The Cobblestones Printing Works recreates the activity of a letterpress job-printing shop in the early 1900s, setting type letter-by-letter in the manner developed by Gutenberg in 1450 and printing it on century-old presses. Cobblestones' resident hobbyist printer Tony King is a master of the old art and his engagement with visitors is renowned. Tony's enthusiasm and hands-on approach results in many visitors proudly leaving the Printing Works bearing their own letterpress creations.
With its intriguing tools and historic machinery, The Printing Works is a popular Wairarapa tourist attraction with groups keen to witness - and try for themselves - historic printing equipment in action. Find out more at YOUR VISIT.
Sessions for children and school groups
Children of all ages are intrigued by the colonial printing equipment at The Printing Works. This is a popular destination for school and EOTC (Education outside the classroom) visits, with the added attraction of hands-on experience. Find out more at YOUR VISIT.
My interest and experience in letterpress printing as a hobby goes back 60 years.