Val Lucas runs Bowerbox Press in Monkton, MD. The barn/studio houses 7 restored letterpresses plus metal and wood type; the rural surroundings inspire landscape prints and intricate wood engravings. Val also teaches Letterpress and Bookbinding at Towson University, and occasionally offers workshops in printing, bookbinding, and natural dyeing.
Since 2021, Val has been learning how to cast type and engrave new matrices for new type designs with Jim Walczak of Sycamore Press and Typefoundry. Her new type designs are offered in small quantities and she hopes to keep the traditions of typefounding alive for future printers.
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Hand-setting type, the traditional way!