And now on to our stretch goals!

Thank you, Olympia, friends, family, and supporters of all kinds from all places! We are absolutely thrilled and immensely grateful to you for supporting our restoration campaign!

Our stretch goal is $19k. We are already over 75% of the way there, and contributions are still rolling in. So we are becoming more hopeful that this restoration can be more fully realized, with a drainage system, siding repairs and a glorious layer of protective PAINT!

We still have great perks available, and will come out with a few more during the rest of our campaign, has another 34 days to go.  We’re going to take a slower approach for the next month, but rest assured, we are still going to drive hard at our final goal, because the press building needs it, and our future depends on the press!

Stay tuned for more!

Visit our campaign on Indiegogo!

Today we spent an hour and a half with Rolf Boone, staff writer for the Olympian, and Steve Bloom, Olympian photographer. We had a great time chatting about the press and I probably kept them far longer than they intended, but they seemed to enjoy their time at the press. Here is the resulting article!

After 75 years, The Sherwood Press in Olympia seeks funds to for key upgrades, repairs


I’m just so thrilled to have such a positive update about our Indiegogo campaign: The Sherwood Press 75 Year Restoration Fund. We launched last friday and thanks to 118 wonderful friends and supporters, we are now just dollars away from reaching the $10,000 mark! Thank you everyone who has helped bring us to this point and all those who intend to take us further!

I’m pretty sure than everyone who launches a fundraising campaign feels a mixture of fear, doubt, embarrassment, humility, excitement, and hopefulness. I did. I was really worried that repairs aren’t “sexy” enough to stimulate people’s generosity. I’m so glad to say I am wrong! I like to think we have a great story and great perks, too. But what we really have are great friends and community here in Olympia, and a supportive community of letterpress printers, designers and enthusiasts who are giving our campaign this unexpected lift.

The next big goal is to raise enough to remove “The Nutcracker”. This enormous fir tree has lived a wonderful life here at the press, but it has to go. You can see that it now stands less than an inch away from the eaves of the press building. And the roots are already crushing our bathroom. We have lots of great ideas for the large amount of wood that will come of this tree, and will be planting more seedlings to help compensate the loss of this beloved tree.

I am in the process of hanging a copper tag for every single contributor to our campaign. My hand is quite sore from writing everyone’s name deeply into the copper. This “Garland of Well-Wishers” is hanging over the window that we are NOW ABLE TO RESTORE because of the campaign. and once it is, we will take the garland outside and hang it in the memorial garden I built for Jocelyn back in the spring of 2004, and every name will wave and rustle among the trees from now on. Soon you will be able to not only visit your name in the garden, but visit the new window and the spruced-up building, ready for the next 25 years!

Thank you everyone!

IMG_7761Visit our Campaign Page on Indiegogo!

Folks, if you’ve ever sat around thinking to yourself, “I wish I could give money to a small local business who has an old building that is rotting into the ground,” then today is your lucky day!

Our small, cedar cabin in the woods on the edge of Olympia’s west side just turned 75 years old, and like any 75 year old, is experiencing a certain degradation of form. Standing outside under the trees and in the weather these many years, the big 8-foot window is rotting and sagging into an also-compromised wall.

An enormous fir tree we call “The Nutcracker” is crushing the corner of our tiny structure and stands just 3/4″ away from the eaves. Unfortunately it needs to be lovingly, and respectfully “dismantled” and will soon stoke many future fireplaces and wood stoves around town.

In exchange for your contribution, there are many fun perks for you to claim. Please check them out and help us even more by sharing with your friends and networks!

Thank you SO much.


Since I arrived at The Sherwood Press 26 years ago, I have always thought we should open up for Halloween, but in all those years we never had, until last year. This neighborhood just isn’t a big Halloween neighborhood, and lots of parents drive their kids up to the South Capitol neighborhood to enjoy the crazy and competitive scene that has developed there. Yet The Sherwood Press has something to offer that other places do not. It’s already just a bit mysterious and spooky. It’s up a steep, long driveway, surrounded by extremely tall trees, and it looks like the witch’s cabin from the tale of Hänsel and Gretel. Well, it’s not made of cakes and sweets, but there will be cakes and sweets inside. Come on by…. if you DARE.

We welcome teenagers!


The Sherwood Press has just turned 75! I am so happy to be keeping Jocelyn Dohm’s legacy alive here in this wonderful place, keeping the presses running and putting my own stamp and style on things. I came here almost exactly 26 years ago – wandered up here on my bicycle after friends kept pestering me to make a visit. It was the year before the press turned 50. I started volunteering the next week. The next summer we had a great 50th celebration with friends, former volunteers, cake and printing demonstrations. I think Jocelyn would be very happy to know that we are gearing up for a big celebration this fall of our 75th.

This has been an incredibly busy summer, with a ton of printing as we roll out the new bag label system for Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. They have kept my press in high-gear for over five years now. I am so grateful for their business and their award-winning coffee which keeps me fueled. We have also been making paper as WIND•EYE Handmade Paper, developing our house paper recipe and getting better and better at beating fiber and pulling sheets.

We will soon be launching an Indiegogo campaign! We are hoping to raise money for some critical repairs of the press building. At 75, this lovely cedar cabin is showing the stress of age, weather, trees and pests. The big schoolhouse window is rotten and ready to collapse. The wall below it is rotting as well. The siding and foundation are inundated by soil buildup and rot. And the whole thing needs a good paint job. When I started volunteering back in 1989, I thought it was funny that there were mushrooms growing out of the window sill. Well those mushrooms aren’t funny to me now, nor are the moisture ants or the enormous spiders that eat the eggs that just drop from gaps below the sill. I could get David Attenborough over here to narrate the unfolding drama. Nature is reclaiming the press, but I want to see her through to 100! Stay tuned for our campaign launch. We’d love to count on your support!

It’s been a long ambition to make paper. In my early twenties I took up bookbinding and ended up working for Don Guyot at Colophon Book Arts Supply in Olympia, Washington. As part of my job, I was able to attend the Paper Book Intensive a couple of times, helping to run the small store and taking amazing workshops with some of the finest teachers in the country. I took classes in hand lettering, box making, paper marbling, alternative book structures, paper decoration and more. It was at the Paper Book Intensive that I was exposed for the first time to hand papermaking. I remember thinking… “I’m going to come back to this.” And I have.

In the last few weeks my partner and I have acquired a Hollander beater (A 1.5 pound Voith-Allis Valley type beater) and have undertaken to restore it. It has been living outside for some time and was in such a condition I almost passed on it. But it looked sound in spite of some rust and dirt. And I had looked for so long for a beater and this one needed some serious and dedicated love. I felt up to the task, especially with Terry’s help. There is no better help than his. He can do anything. And he has been enormously generous with his time and skills.


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