Welcome to Big Wheel Press. We are a traditional letterpress studio located in beautiful Easthampton, Massachusetts.  Please explore our website to learn about who we are and what we do! Have any questions? Get in touch through our Contact page. 

OUR STORY

Big Wheel Press was founded by Bill Muller in 2006. 

He had first been introduced to the world of hand printing by his father in 1964.  After seeing The Ideal Toy Company's home printing press, called The Big Press, in Popular mechanics, he bought one as a gift for Bill.  (see image below)

Art, design and handmade crafts have been apart of Bill's life ever since (see bio below). For 30 + years he has owned Guild Art Supply, a fine art supply store in Northampton, Ma. If it weren't for this endeavor,  he may not have ever found himself in his own print studio!  It was during a visit to his friend (and old employee), artist Ali Osborn's, studio that Bill become driven and determined to start up his very own letterpress studio. Ali, a printmaker, had been hand printing an edition of prints while Bill stood, watching in amazement, as one print was inked, aligned, spoon rubbed and set out in a line to dry.   A conversation on letterpress printing started and from there equipment was researched and shortly after, acquired.

The first press was a Pearl #14. The Pearl has a large cast iron flywheel.  This distinctive characteristic of the press was, in part, where the press name Big Wheel came from (the other being a throwback to his very first Big Press from 1964). 


It all started during the holiday season of 1964.  Bill's Dad read an article in Popular Mechanics that featured the Ideal Toy company's home printing press...The Big Press.  Being the great Dad he was, Spencer bought Bill the press and the rest is history.

THE CREW

Bill Muller, Printer/Designer: Bill has been involved with letterpress since high school in California where he did page layout with hot type for the school newspaper…way before computer composition.  While working for the Valley Advocate in the late 70′s he operated stat cameras and photo typesetting equipment and did old fashioned paste up.

Christopher Campbell, Printer: Chris got his start in the letterpress studio as a repair man. He was obsessed with the inner mechanics of all the machines. After he'd solve a problem he would print until another came along. He enjoys all the fine details that lead to ink kissing paper.