The Sherwood Press is a 79 year old letterpress print shop sitting on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake in Olympia, Washington, amid a towering stand of Douglas fir and big leaf maple trees. The press was established and run for 63 years by Jocelyn Dohm, a wonderful woman who passed away in 2003. To learn more about her, please read the history page. I was her “printer’s devil”, assistant, and protegé for fourteen years. After eight years affiliated with the press, I decided to offer myself as the successor to Jocelyn, and she accepted. I inherited the business in 2003.
For the past thirteen years, I have worked as Jocelyn did: as a one-woman business. However, in the last few years my partner Terry Bunce has purchased three additional Heidelberg Windmill presses to match my 1953 model, and decided to start helping me out with the workload. He trained for several months as a press operator, and is now a major part of the business, helping with strategic planning, operations, maintenance, and a host of other things. We are also very pleased to have gained two very hard-working, motivated assistants, Schanen Ryan and Olivia Richards.
Buildings & Equipment
The press consists of the original 1940, 420 sq. ft. english revival building, the 200 sq. ft. Dohm-Sayre Bindery (2008), the Blackhawk Shed, and the new Sherwood Annex. We have four Heidelberg 10 x 15 T-Platen (“Windmill”) presses, one 10 x 15 Chandler & Price New Series platen press with treadle, a Reynolds Print-a-sign from the 1960s, a Gordon Old Style 8 x 12, and a couple of small tabletop presses as well. We have a 30.5″ Challenge Series C hydraulic paper cutter, a 19 3/8″ Challenge tabletop paper cutter, a nice Kutrimmer board shear, and a variety of bindery tools. We have fourteen cabinets of metal type, some of which is quite rare. We also have a photopolymer platemaking system that enables us to print computer-designed artwork and typography on the letterpresses.
The Sherwood Press specializes in branding, product labeling, custom business cards, personal and business stationery, social announcements, and occasionally offers broadside editions, greeting cards, notebooks, posters or other items.
If you would like to inquire about specific capabilities of our press, please drop us a line. We are adding equipment and gaining expertise more or less constantly.
Thanks for visiting!
Jami Heinricher, Owner
The Sherwood Press • 811 5th Avenue SW • Olympia, WA 98502