As we have been starting up our letterpress shop, we’ve found that there can be many unforeseen costs. From a few special cleaning solutions here to some missing antique parts for the machine, getting up and running can end up costing you an arm and a leg. As a DIY loving couple, we tried to utilize local resources and our own craftiness wherever possible in getting our side business off of the ground. One of the largest costs in getting a press ready for printing in this century is getting what’s called a base. The letterpress base allows the modern design/printmaker to adhere photopolymer printing palates to. These printing plates are created based on digital design files and allow for an easy transfer of modern graphic design work into the letterpress medium.