Flywheel, as stated on their signage, is a “vintage office stationery and letterpress studio” and is the latest venture from the owners of The Drill Hall Emporium. In fact it is located in the main street of New Norfolk around the corner from The Drill Hall.
And also like The Drill Hall Emporium upon entering the shop you won’t know where to look first! There is a wonderful array of antique office supplies such as lovely old globes, rulers, school cases, and my particular favourite – old typewriters. You can also find antique office furniture like old school desks, filing cabinets, articulated lamps and much more.
At the rear of the shop you will find the workhorses of the other side of the business – two grand old platen printing presses. One is a Chandler and Price press made in 1923 from Ohio Cleveland. Both were purchased from a supplier in Queensland and shipped, with care, down to their new home. Also used to print their in-store stationery is an Adana letterpress. Aside from the in-store stationery Flywheel are also stocking a range of French stationery and Japanese washi tape.
Sisters, Tammy, Rachel and Donna will be taking over the running of the presses and aside from producing their own range of cards, tags and other stationery items they will be establishing a printing business catering to weddings, birthdays, business cards and other specialty printing needs.
If you love old world items and collectibles, next time your visiting the Derwent Valley be sure to pop in to both of these wonderful shops.