Asheville BookWorks occupies approx. 3500 sq ft of studio space with equipment for hand papermaking, bookbinding, letterpress, printmaking and screenprinting. We also have a darkroom for alternative photo-processes.
Bindery and Darkroom is $15 per hour.
Papermaking*, Print, Letterpress rental is $20 per hour.
*One fee of $10 for Papermaking rental, water usage, per weekend.
Renters can purchase a punch card for 6 hours and receive a 7th hour free. Hourly equipment rental is available during regular business hours, 1 – 5 PM, M – F. (See the BookWorks Co-op page for information about becoming a Co-op Member and receiving discounts & extended hours on studio rental.)
Qualified supervision is available for an additional hourly rate. With supervision, renters can request days and times to rent the studio outside regular business hours, a 4 hour minimum is requested.
Studio rental for artists wishing to work outside regular business hours is $375/month or $225/week. Rentals are for advanced and experienced artists who have been approved to work without backup support.
Studio equipment is not available for rent during class times. Renters supply all their own supplies and materials.
Individuals wishing to rent studio equipment please meet with us, we’d like to know something about you. Contact Laurie Corral at 828.255.8444 or email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Letterpress Equipment and Rental: Artists wishing to rent press time in the letterpress studio for independent work will have taken two to three letterpress classes at BookWorks, show competent printing skills and knowledge of general press care and maintenance. A type deposit is required in advance and is returned when all type has been distributed and presses are cleaned.
- Kluge Press, 12 x 18
- Canuck Proof Press, similar to the #4
- Nearly 400 cases of type
- Challenge Press
- Vandercook SP20
- Vandercook #4T
Bindery Equipment and Rental: Renters will have taken at least one binding class at BookWorks and have knowledge of proper use and safety precautions for all cutting equipment. Tabletops must be protected with a cutting mat at all times.
- 26 1/2” Guillotine
- 48” Board Shears
- Hot Foil Stamper (2)
- Corner Rounder
- Hollow Drill Press
- Nipping Presses
- Backing Press
- Photo Mount Press
- Hole Punching Jig
- Electric Stapler
- Large Work Tables
Papermaking Equipment and Rental: Individuals wishing to rent the papermaking equipment will have taken at least two papermaking classes at BookWorks and have knowledge of proper use and safety and clean-up requirements for the studio. We suggest a 4-hour minimum for renting the papermaking equipment. Contact us for scheduling, prices & questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clark Hydraulic Press
- 2# Reina Beater
- Two professional-level 18”x24” antique laid mould & deckle
- Smaller professional-level woven moulds & deckles
- Student-level moulds/deckles
- Blotter & tri-wall cardboard drying system
Printmaking Equipment and Rental: Renters will have taken at least one printmaking class at BookWorks with the equipment they wish to use, show competent printing skills and knowledge of general press care and maintenance.
- Ferrous Chloride Bath for etching copper
- Takach Press, 30 x 48″
Screenprinting & Darkroom Equipment Rental: Renters will have taken at least one class using the equipment they wish to use, show knowledge of general equipment care and maintenance.
- Photoemulsion exposure unit for screenprinting
- Photopolymer plate exposure unit, 8 x 10
- Daylab for Polaroid image transfer and emulsion lifts
- Variety of Screens for Screenprinting
- Clamps and Hinges for Screenprinting
- Exposure Unit for Photo Emulsion Screens
- Large Washout Tub