The Equipment

The studio at Big River is filled with lots of heavy equipment used in the bookbinding and printing trades for generations.  Gathered from across the US, the machines and tools help create custom books and prints for your use.

Our collection includes:


2 Cylinder Presses (Asbern & Challenge)

1 Craftsman Clamshell Press – 6 x 10

2 Line-O-Scribe Sign Presses

Wood & Metal Type – 6 pt to 2 ½”

Vintage Cuts


Jaques 50” Board Shear

Challenge Guillotine Cutter

Standing Press

Nipping Presses

Vertical Plow