Firecracker Press Expands

Today we’re celebrating the recent expansion of the Firecracker Press to a second location in Old North Saint Louis. The original location on Cherokee Street will remain open and continue to function as both a print shop and a retail space. At nearly 8,000 square feet, the new location in Old North’s Crown Square has allowed Eric Woods, owner and founder, to expand their repertoire of printing equipment, to launch the non-profit Central Print (which is conveniently located next door), and to create an event space–shared by Firecracker and Central Print–that will be used for concerts, plays, and other events. Performative events have long been a part of Firecracker Press, perhaps best illustrated by their many letter-pressed concert posters and their experimental side project Manual Feed, a band using antique printing equipment as instruments.

Saint Louis’ rich letterpress history goes unrecognized by many, so one of Central Print’s goals will be to educate the public on the preservation of antique printing equipment. Woods has spent a lot of time and effort on preservation over the years: he’s regularly intervened to save rusted-out antique printing presses a breath away from being sent to the junk yard. It’s unsurprising, then, that his interest in printing goes far beyond keeping the business running. Walk into either location, and you can sense how deeply genuine his enthusiasm and love for printmaking is.

Central Print will focus on educating the community through workshops, after school programs, equipment training, and supporting those interested in restoring their own equipment. Once trained on equipment, participants will eventually have the option to rent press time for their own projects. Right now, Central Print is in the beginning stages of setting up shop, restoring a Vandercook to use for their workshops, and securing funding.

The following is a shop tour of the Firecracker Press’ new location in the Old North neighborhood of Saint Louis.

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Owner and founder, Eric Woods (right), with the shop manager, Matty Kleinberg (left).

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Posters announcing two Firecracker locations!

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The Miehle V36 was up and running during the tour.

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Heidelberg

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Little Giant on the right

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Intertype typecaster

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The shared event space

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Here’s the Vandercook press that Central Print is restoring.

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Adams Hand Cylinder Press

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Central Print is in the beginning stages of setting up shop.

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One Response to “Firecracker Press Expands”

  1. mgstl says:

    Great news! Hope to visit you soon!