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About us

What’s in a Name

Arbalest Press was founded in 2015 by a group of artists and printers based in the Boston area. After years of printing together at the Bow & Arrow Press in Cambridge we decided to open a first-of-its-kind printing arts collaborative in Boston, dedicated to teaching letterpress printing and book arts while also producing an array of letterpress works of our own, from wedding cards to stationery and fine press prints.

Just as we honor letterpress in a digital age, the name Arbalest—which refers to the technology that succeeded the Bow & Arrow—pays homage to our collective roots.


523 Medford Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02129


In order to offer press rentals and workshops along with the commercial printing of wedding cards, business cards, stationery, posters, and fine press works, Arbalest Press is open by appointment only. Please e-mail us with inquiries.


Located at 523 Medford Street in Charlestown, the Arbalest Press is just a stone’s throw from the iconic Schrafft’s factory building and the Sullivan Square T station. Our entryway is a set of double doors at the center-front of the building labeled “Stove Factory.” Parking is available during all workshops, and street parking is available at other times. 



Ample, two-hour street parking is available on our side of the street, free of charge. Unlimited street parking is available on our side of the street after 6 PM and on Sundays. We also have a dedicated parking lot for classes in a lot located next to our building.