HooksmithPress  is a small letterpress print shop based in East London.

Limited edition print runs of posters are hand-crafted using a combination of traditional wood type and metal type.

My work reflects  a slower time and a love of typography and the written word.

Inspiration is also drawn from 30 +years of appreciating and collecting Kiwiana and other ephemera, and my own rural, New Zealand upbringing.

Presses include an Adana 8×5 platen and several proofing presses including a Farley,Stephenson Blake, Vandercook14 and a Vandercook SP15 .

Letterpress is a medium which allows me to collect and re-use elements from the past to create something new; a tangible and tactile connection to history and  a continuation of a craft.

The name hooksmith alludes to a time of specialised artisans and guilded craftsmen.  It  plays on the most common European surname in New Zealand, coupled with  the Maori myth where Maui pulls up the North Island with a fish hook.  Okay maybe it also reflects my fly fishing infliction.

Commissions welcome.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Chad, a swap sometime would be great! – you have some very nice looking kit that’s for real – did you teach yourself to use a linotype? I was around at a mates place last week he was reassembling a model no.15 linotype – beautiful machine, I’m going to stick with proofing presses and wood type for the time being. Now I’m showing off but here is a nice clip my brother shot a we-bit over a decade ago of one of my better catches – where I spent some time living and guiding.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKDhkJKygWI

  2. nice blog, it’s nice to see the old ways still being used, it gives a much nicer print product than modern ways.

  3. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I spent a couple of days in Hamilton back in 2006 when I was travelling in New Zealand, I’m looking forward to coming back one . Oh, and loving the child labour!

    • Thank-you. Will be relocating to London myself, later in the year (somewhat reluctantly- for my wife’s job), so been having a look at a few blogs- enjoyed yours.

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