The Third & Elm Street Press

 

 

Just a skip away from my listing at 44 Third Street is a little jewel box known as The Third & Elm Street Press, a woodblock print studio. In the sweet shop you’ll find Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, who founded the company with her late husband in 1965 who was a calligrapher and type historian. Today, Ilse spends time in her shop accompanied by her nineteenth century presses, making original woodblock prints, notecards and her own Japanese-style paper. Depending on the delicacy of design, most of her woodblock prints are done in pine wood, whereas the more intricate designs require a finer grained wood such as maple or cherry. A visit to the workshop will perhaps provide you with a sense of respect and nostalgia for the past crafts and trades that are so rare and distinguished in our modern world. Do pay Ilse a visit – she and her shop are one of the many delights of The Point!