A view of our Tieton studios

A view of our Tieton studios

Paper Hammer Studios is based in Tieton, Washington, a lovely orchard town at the far western edge of the Yakima Valley in Central Washington. Surrounded by apple, pear, cherry, and apricot orchards, with the east side of the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop, an informal arts incubator called Mighty Tieton has taken root.

Since 2007, we’ve connected creative urban designers with local artisans, and given unused warehouse and storefront spaces new purpose. Our romantic idea has become a compelling story.

Our retail flagship, Paper Hammer, opened in 2010 in the heart of Seattle to showcase hand-bound albums, journals, chapbooks, and letterpress printed goods made in Tieton. This handsome shop has become a popular destination for locals and tourists from all over the world.

Our retail flagship, Paper Hammer, opened in 2010 in the heart of Seattle to showcase hand-bound albums, journals, chapbooks, and letterpress printed goods made in Tieton. This handsome shop has become a popular destination for locals and tourists from all over the world.

Our small crew lives and works in the Tieton area, and our design team shares time between Seattle and Tieton. We freely merge the best of 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries graphic technology. With (literally) tons of heavy equipment - 3 letterpresses, a 1920s Smyth Stitcher, a century-old book press, wood and lead type - the by-hand methods of 1970s graphic design, and current digital tools, we create our signature remix of old-new, urban-rural, and orchard-industrial.

By launching a wholesale line, we hope to bring a little bit of Paper Hammer and Tieton to you.