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Bulger's Beat: Hatch Show Print continues tradition in new digs

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Hatch Show Print has been a part of Nashville since the 1870s, and now it's up and running at a new location at the Country Music Hall of Fame. That means more opportunities for customers and fans.

Hatch's letter press prints are historical and beautiful. While the new digs have a state-of-the-art look, they're still doing things the classic old way.

Hatch workers have been using ink and wood to create eye-catching prints since shortly after the Civil War.

"We've been using the same archive of type. The type never changes here at Hatch. The type is the same as when the shop opened in 1879," said Celene Aubry, with Hatch Show Print.

The move from the previous shop on Lower Broadway to the Country Music Hall of Fame helps Hatch align with the museum's mission for education.

A classroom built on site gives everyone a chance to create their own letter press prints. This week, Christmas trees and Santa Claus blocks are set up for a children's event Saturday.

"They can drop in and actually use the same blocks we use here at Hatch, and they can print holiday cards and posters," Aubry said.

Despite being located inside the museum building, Hatch is not a museum. They're still hard at work hand-crafting new signs piece-by-piece with no help from computers.

"That never touches a computer. We go from there right on to the press. The press is manual, and we just ink it up all by hand - one sheet and one color at a time," Aubry said.

The show print classroom workshops will start with children, then move to high school students and eventually adults.

So if you want to make a letter press print of your own, the opportunity is coming. For more information, visit: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/our-work/.

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