7000 College Way
Vernon, BC, V1B 2N5

General Inquiries:


Jason Dewinetz & Kerry Gilbert

WIR Coordinator:

Kerry Gilbert


Jason Dewinetz


Joan Smeyers

The Print Shop

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The Okanagan College print shop houses an impressive collection of letterpress equipment, amounting to more than 50,000lbs of gear. The shop's first machine, a lovely little Pearl No.3, was donated by Canadian poet Gary Geddes, and was restored by students of the Diploma in Writing & Publishing (along with instructor Jason Dewinetz) during the 2010 academic year.


The tables on the right with a display of printing-related items, including (on the table) a form of type locked up in a chase.

Bunker Class of 2016:
Jason Dewinetz, Dan Reich, Sierra Simmonds, Julie Klingner-Jardine, Kayla Tod, Cas Barra & Eugenia Pietronave.

The Pearl No. 3, paper cutter, and composing table...

Soon after restoring the Pearl we relocated to "the bunker," a storage area in the basement of the Kalamalka campus, where an arrangement was made for Jason Dewinetz, English instructor and proprietor of the Greenboathouse Press, to loan a wide range of letterpress equipment for student use.


Katrina Mead working with instructor Jason Dewinetz on the Pearl No.3.
The massive 14.5 x 22" Chandler & Price platen press...

While the equipment inventory has changed over the past few years, our current arsenal includes a giant 14.5 x 22" Chandler & Price platen press (nicknamed "Mjölnir"), a 12 x 18" C&P ("Hannibal"), an antique 36" paper trimmer, and all of the other bits & pieces required in a shop, such as furniture, reglet, slug-cutter, mitre-cutter, etc., etc.


The Vandercook SP-25 with a form of wood type.


And then there's the type, and there's plenty of it, mostly collected from print-shops & newspapers long shut-down around the Okanagan, but also including a small gathering of newer types to be put to use on Kalamalka Press books.


The Pearl No.3 beside the paper trimmer.
A pallet of type to be sorted through by students.

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