Fine Press Books and Hand Crafted Bookbinding Tools


Chester Creek Press is located just outside the hamlet of Chestertown in New York State’s Adirondack Park. The main focus of the press is publishing limited editions of contemporary works of prose and poetry. Most of the production work of each edition happens here in our studio – design, illustration, papermaking, letterpress printing from handset metal type, and bookbinding.

We also bring over thirty years of fine woodworking experience to the creation of bookbinding tools and tools for hand papermakers. We use the tools we make and we encourage feedback from our customers so our tools are refined and well tested.

At the press we offer summer and fall workshops in various aspects of the book arts, including introductory classes in bookbinding, papermaking, boxmaking, letterpress printing, and decorative paste-papers.

There are three studios at Chester Creek: bookbinding, letterpress printing, and boxmaking classes are taught in the print shop and bindery. Our equipment includes two Vandercook proof presses, a C&P Pilot platen press, over 100 cases of metal printing type, various hand bookbinding tools, and lots of handmade and fine art paper. We also expose and hand wash polymer plates in the print shop.

Downstairs from the print shop is the woodworking shop where we make specialized
bookbinding tools and hand papermaking equipment as well as tools, jigs and fixtures for our other studios.

Out back is the paper mill where the hollander beater is kept along with vats, tubs, felts and blotters for making paper the traditional way, from cotton and linen rags.

Chester Creek Press is the imprint of Robert Walp
(bio and resume).

PO Box 316
29 Pine Knolls Road
Chestertown, New York 12817



The Raven






Bookbinding Tools Sewing Frame
Sewing Frame



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Updated 5/13//2015



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