8466 Main Street
PO Box 210Lodi, NY 14860
K summed it up by likening the Pioneer Press to Willie Wonka's factory. Nailed it. Pioneeer Printing is in two small, wooden buildings in the one block long Main Street Lodi. Lodi is essentially a four way stop. This place is a marvel...one of those dream candy shop, laboratories for old graphic designers. They do letterpress, diecutting, foil stamping and multilevel stamping. Many jobs are too big, most never too small (an invitation of 10 is not out of the ordinary). The place is chock a block equipment from platen presses backing onto platen presses. Old cutting equipment. Four color work run a color at a time, dry trapping the color. Letterpress jobs--they have metal and wood type. Hand bindery stuff. Certificate holders that are perfect bound with ribbons and faux watered silk papers under them. Padding. Custom playing cards with handmade boxes...Joe Seppi, the owner, calmly walked us through his shop talking with passion about the tails of sheets, humidity and the machine projects he has to complete so as to offer other services. The work is sweet, the owner engaged and inspired. Nearby and neighborly. My head is spinning.
Cheryl Schaffer is selling her iris now. Lots there. We stopped on the way out..I was tempted, but my patches need to be split--they are just too happy.