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Raise Your Glasses, Everyone!


…And see who can find

all 8 classic styles of beer or 8 varietals of wine

hidden in these coasters' word puzzles!

St Brigid being the patron saint of both poets and brewmasters, we here at St Brigid Press enjoy a good pint of porter or glass of cabernet with good friends after the workday is done. In honor of this, we've designed an old-fashioned word puzzle to share over your next round!

Beer Puzzle Coasters

These puzzles are one-of-a-kind, designed here by Emily Hancock (a long-time fan of word puzzles) and letterpress printed from hand-set metal type on thick coaster stock. They are durable, reusable, and colorfast. And when the last stain of stout or Merlot has finally obscured the letters, these coasters are fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Wine Puzzle Coasters

$12 per set-of-6. Order direct from St Brigid Press HERE. Or if you are in the Waynesboro, Virginia, area, pick these up at Stone Soup Books. (And for a list of the hidden beer styles and wine varietals, click HEREdon't peek!!!).

CHEERS, Friends!

St Brigid Press

Each letter in the puzzles is hand-set...

…and printed one-at-a-time on the 1914 Chandler and Price foot-treadled press.

The back of each coaster displays our imprint.

The bag tags for the coaster sets are also hand-set and letterpress printed.

Cheers! (…We'll fix that empty glass after work ;-)



Winter Notecards

Peace Be Notecard and mountains Greetings All,

Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround us and the deep starry skies that glisten above us, we are glad to offer our new series of greeting cards for the winter season: "Peace Be."

Hand-carved mountains and stars, by Emily Hancock.

Originally commissioned by Blue Ridge Life Magazine, these cards were designed and letterpress printed in our shop from vintage wood type, metal type, and a hand-carved linoleum block. Cardstock is thick, 110lb, 100% cotton paper, in Pearl White with matching envelopes. Printed in rich blue ink on the 1914 Chandler and Price foot-powered press.

The back of the "Peace Be" Notecards.

Limited edition. $4 each, or $12 per set-of-four.

Only available online, order direct from our STORE.

Autumn blessings,

St Brigid Press

Winter Notecards, inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding St Brigid Press. May be purchased singly, or in sets of four.



"Podcasts from the Press" ~ Interviews With Authors and Artists

Podcasts from the Press Warm greetings from St Brigid Press!

We are happy to announce today the launch of a new production from our studio:

Podcasts from the Press.”

As the print shop and bindery have gotten under way here, we have had the pleasure to connect with many artists and authors in our region. To further honor, engage, and share with this growing community, St Brigid Press has begun recording live interviews with some of these creative voices. Hosted by the Press’s resident printer and poet, Emily Hancock, these lively conversations will be offered here on the website as podcasts and as transcripts.

Our next post will be the first interview, with Blue Ridge poet and painter Nancy Maxson. You'll be able to listen in to our fun talk about her art and poetry, and read along with the transcript, illuminated with images of her watercolors and excerpts from her haiku.

Thanks so much for joining us as we chat with some of the authors and artists who gift our days with beauty, challenge, and vision.

All the best,

St Brigid Press



"Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku"

TWS -- Cover Warm Greetings from St Brigid Press!

We are delighted to announce the publication of artist and author Nancy Maxson's second collection of poetry ~ Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku.

Nearly sixty new haiku evoke the beauty and surprises of a life lived in these Virginia mountains. With humor and deep insight, Maxson gives us a poem's-eye-view of her journey through the seasons of a year; in the Introduction, she elaborates upon the artful and spirited aesthetic which inspired this work.

The book's design and hand-crafted execution seek to reflect the nature of the poetic form, as well as Maxson's mindful sensibility. Each edition is 6-inches square, with black covers of Nepalese Lokta paper, decorative interior papers of red Thai Unryu, and a warm-white text block of bamboo paper. Binding is in the traditional Japanese style of 4-hole stab binding, with red linen thread. Cover and interior art is from Maxson's original watercolor, "The Strawberry Seeker." Produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered books.

Available now in the St Brigid Press Store, and, for those of you near Waynesboro, Va, at Stone Soup Books and Cafe. For more information, contact us at stbrigidpress[AT]

Best wishes to all for a lovely summer!

St Brigid Press

Gluing the decorative papers that illuminate the seasonal title pages.

Punching the holes for the Japanese 4-hole binding with a bookbinder's awl.

Sewing the book with red linen thread.

10 finished editions of the book, "resting" overnight in the nipping press.

Title page, with beautiful red Thai Unryu endpapers.

"Spring" title page, with decorative Thai Unryu papers.

Close-up of "Summer" title page.

Colophon, on the final page of "Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku"

Author and artist Nancy Maxson, holding her new book, with printer and bookbinder Emily Hancock of St Brigid Press, at Maxson's reception at Stone Soup Books and Cafe, Waynesboro, Va, on Saturday, June 29th, 2013.


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Letterpress Coasters from St Brigid Press

Coasters, American Novelists Hello and Memorial Holiday Greetings from St Brigid Press!

Summer is just around the corner, and we're celebrating two of our very favorite things here -- warm weather and great literature -- with today's launch of "LETTERPRESS COASTER CLASSICS: American Novelists Series." In time to adorn your deck, home library, or to gift the bibliophiles in your life, we are now offering one-of-a-kind coaster sets. Each package includes 6 different designs printed on the 1914 Chandler and Price press, using vintage wood type and featuring the names of some of our most beloved American authors: "Mark Twain," "Willa Cather," "Richard Wright," "Harper Lee," "Ray Bradbury," and "Louisa May Alcott" are hand-set and printed with elegant fun on extra-thick coasters that are durable, reusable, and color-fast.

If you are in the Waynesboro, Virginia, area, these coasters can be purchased at Stone Soup Books. Otherwise, head over to the St Brigid Press Online STORE and order direct.
Whatever you're sipping this summer, slip a little literary history under your glass with these handmade Letterpress Coasters!
All best to all,
St Brigid Press

Thick, durable, reusable coasters, printed with oil-based color-fast ink.

1914 C&P 10x15 press (made in Cleveland, Ohio) -- 99 years old and going strong!


Each design uses unique vintage wood typefaces.

Only one thing missing in this photo...  ;-)

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