“Steam” Roller Printing on 5th Avenue

Among letterpress printers, what we do at Hatch Show Print could be considered large format printing. As part of the APA Letterpress Celebration, and our 140th anniversary, we want to go even BIGGER– and we want you to participate!

If you have carved a piece of linoleum or a wood block that’s too big for your press, we want to print it. If you have wanted to try your hand at creating a large image to print relief, we want you to carve it, and we want to print it. We’ll even let you print it.

How to Prepare

  • Use linoleum, or use 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch plywood.
  • One dimension of the block can be no larger than 36 inches. The other dimension can be as long as you desire to carve. Three feet? Four feet? A half a city block?
  • Do it! The possibilities are endless.

Are you all thumbs with carving tools, but handy with a Dremel, or a laser cutter or CNC router? Do it! You can use 21st century technology.

If a team of you wants to participate, do it! Team work makes the dream work.

We’ll print it! You can print it! Let’s all print!


WHEN: 9AM on Friday, June 21

WHERE: 5th Avenue, in front of our home at 224 5th Avenue South

The ‘steam’ roller will be ready and waiting to press your image into paper, live! If you want to print your block onto a sheet (or other piece of fabric), BRING IT. We’ll print all day long!

But What Shall I Carve?

If you want to carve a block, but have no idea what you want to carve, we can help with that too. Download the pdf we’ve created of a simple illustration of a chorus line dancer, inspired by the shop’s incredible collection of dancers. Carve her as-is, OR add your own embellishments – put her in a dress, put tattoos on her, give her a mustache.

Steamroller Pattern

If you’re tech-savvy, you can scale the image up digitally, and add your embellishments there before you transfer the printed image to the block. If you’re a bit old school and enjoy the freedom of drawing right on the block, just like Will T. Hatch did back in the 1930s and 1940s, you can go that route.

No matter how you get it done, just get the block carved and get both of you to Nashville in time to get inky with us on June 21st. You can ship the block to us, and we’ll hold onto it for you until you arrive to ink it, and . . .YES! Print it!

Let us know if you’ll participate! Send us a quick note HERE.