Print Studio

The Abactors’ Hideout: A Letterpress Community Studio

Smoke Farmers have recently reclaimed and remodeled the old tractor shed adjacent to the Milking Parlor, using materials salvaged from other collapsing outbuildings. Poet-Carpenter Arne Pihl oversaw the construction crew and personally pounded over 1,000 bent nails. No one really knows how the skylight got up there. The result? A fully-equipped letterpress print shop: The Abactors’ Hideout*. Since 2009, the studio has hosted workshops, picnics and residencies for new and experienced printers. Studio use is also available for rent at a reasonable cost. We are currently accepting proposals for use.

To support our projects we’ve established a fund, Permanent Press. Join us in keeping this facility a low cost resource for artists. Donor benefits and levels of recognition range from RAYON to POLYESTER to ACETATE to SILKANA. Donors at the LIFEPRESS level will have their names painted on the studio wall and receive a custom-printed, unnatural polyfiber object by midnight courier.

For further inquiries print shop directors can be reached at:

Kate Fernandez – pilcrow(at)

Linden Ontjes – linden(at)