Big Wheel Press is a traditional letterpress studio located in Easthampton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Bill Muller in 2006. He had first been introduced to the world of hand printing by his father in 1964. After seeing The Ideal Toy Company's home printing press, called The Big Press, in Popular mechanics, he bought one as a gift for Bill.
Art, design and handmade crafts have been apart of Bill's life ever since. For 30 + years he has owned Guild Art Supply, a fine art supply store in Northampton, Ma. If it weren't for this endeavor, he may not have ever found himself in his own print studio! It was during a visit to his friend (and old employee), artist Ali Osborn's, studio that Bill become driven and determined to start up his very own letterpress studio. Ali, a printmaker, had been hand printing an edition of prints while Bill stood, watching in amazement, as one print was inked, aligned, spoon rubbed and set out in a line to dry. A conversation on letterpress printing started and from there equipment was researched and shortly after, acquired.
The first press was a Pearl #14. The Pearl has a large cast iron flywheel. This distinctive characteristic of the press was, in part, where the press name Big Wheel came from (the other being a throwback to his very first Big Press from 1964).