Samples of David Ashley's calligraphy and binding work.


Leon Loughridge

Tom Parson
Letterpress Printer

Rod Replogle
Fine Artist

Christie Ginanni Stepan
Letterpress Printer

Janet Stevens
Children's Book Illustrator


Ravi Zupa
Fine Art Printing

Lucy Holtsnider
Letterpress Printing

David Mittelman
Letterpress Printing


Leigh Holden
Hand Papermaking

German Murillo
Hand Papermaking

Zoe Tweed
Hand Papermaking

Fawn Atencio
Hand Papermaking

Baldfaced Hornets
Hand Papermaking

Bookish gnome over street entrance to David Ashley Studio.

A bookish gnome ornaments the street entrance to David Ashley's downtown Denver studio.


David Ashley in his studio with his Chandler & Price press.

David Ashley in his studio.


Studio Client / David Ashley

Calligrapher, printer and bookbinder David Ashley first met Ray Tomasso in 1980.  Since then the David Ashley Studio has used Ray’s papers to produce many memorable pieces, most notably:

An official gift from the city of Denver to Pope John Paul II, 1993;

The Colorado Council on the Arts Awards, 1997;

A presentation award for King Juan Carlos I of Spain, 2001, on paper made from Spanish linen.

David regularly uses Ray’s paper for calligraphic poems, quotations and awards for clients who appreciate that it is both local and produced by hand. 

He also uses Ray’s handmade paper for end sheets and title pages and, because of its superior strength, as reinforcing hinges and spine linings in bookbinding.