Robert Walp began his book making career at Vermont College in the Spring of 2000. After designing and printing books for several years he was so impressed by how little he knew that he went on to study book arts at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Today he prints and hand-binds books at his studio in Chestertown under the imprint of Chester Creek Press.
The books that slowly roll off Bob’s Vandercook proof press are printed from hand set metal type, usually on handmade paper that he makes from cotton and linen rags. The books are illustrated with drawings and woodcuts, some in collaboration with other artists and some by his own hand. Most Chester Creek Press books are volumes of poetry by established contemporary writers.
Bob also prints illustrated broadsides (single-sheet prints of image and
poetry) and woodcuts.
Chester Creek Press books can be found in numerous institutional and private collections like the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution Library, the libraries of Yale and Dartmouth colleges, the New York Public Library, and the Town of Chester Library Book Arts Collection.