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About

History

David C. Wolfe has forty years experience and has worked in some of the best printing establishments in New England. In 1979 after studying fine art printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art he worked at The Anthoensen Press in Portland Maine. The Anthoensen Press, originally founded in 1875 as the Southworth Press, was nationally known for printing books that were both readable and aesthetically pleasing. In 1984, David and Anthoensen’s managing director, Harry Milliken, started a new venture, The Shagbark Press. Shagbark lasted six years until 1990, when it was sold to Scott Vile (now of Ascencius Press). That year David was hired by the Stinehour Press of Lunenburg, Vermont as head of the letterpress division. Founded by Roderick Stinehour in 1952, the press was owned by the Stinehour family and produced some of the highest quality work in the business. David worked at Stinehour till 1997 when he moved back to Portland Maine and started his current studio practice, Wolfe Editions.

Sean E. P. Wolfe has worked with David since 2011 but has grown up with the trade. In 2018, Sean opened his own shop as second location in Eastport, Maine. In addition to relief and intaglio, the Eastport location offers stone and plate lithography as well as alternative photographic processes.

Wolfe Editions has changed over the years to keep up with the changing demands of the print world. The studio has always been flexible to do whatever project was at hand and will continue to take that approach.

 

What We Do

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Books — The heritage of Wolfe Editions is in fine press book production and publishing.

Fine Art Prints — We work closely with artists to edition relief, intaglio, and lithographic prints for artists.

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Posters — In the marriage between art and typography is a long and rich history of posters. From music promotion, to propaganda, to protest, the poster has been an essential tool in cultural change since the early 19th century.

 
 

Locations

Wolfe Editions originally started in the Bakery Studio Building in Portland, Maine in 1997, and has been there since.

The Eastport studio opened in 2018 in the warehouse for the historic masonic building as an expansion of the family business.

 

Press

"If the lights are on and you hear blue grass music blasting, you are in for a real treat!" — printeresting.org

“Though Wolfe’s studio brims with some quite old-fashioned equipment, it is not a museum: it is a place of action, not observation. “ — Maine Home and Design

 

 
 

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