Ian Knight began to learn the craft of letterpress printing in 2008 as a part-time escape from his day-job in the IT industry. He has now expanded his printmaking disciplines to include Linocut, Drypoint, and Etching.
A chance meeting with a retired letterpress printer and ex School Master of Clifton College, Bristol resulted in the press's acquisition of an Adana table-top platen press along with a quantity of letterpress type and other printing equipment, some of it having originally come from the Clifton College Press. The press was now adequately equipped to start printing in earnest.
The Leap Valley Press is named after a wooded nature conservation area close to the site of Ian Knight's printmaking studio. The press has a variety of presses, these currently being:
- 1867 Harrild & Sons Albion Handpress
- Rollaco Gem Mk3 etching press
- Adana Mk1 Eight-Five Desktop Platen Press