About Jon Hinkel


Jon Hinkel has been a block carver and printer since the age of 10, with his primary medium the multicolor block print. All of Jon's work is created and produced at The Tight Squeek Press, which serves as both a design studio and a production shop.

Jon's work has always been narrative-oriented, combining figurative, landscape and still-life elements based on his original designs and drawings. Chosen images are refined and transferred to blocks, then hand carved or engraved. The blocks are printed by hand as proofs, with presswork often extended to produce limited edition runs.

Jon's academic foundations lie in geology and art, while his pressroom experiences were gathered as a commercial pressman and bindery worker for many years.

Professional Memberships include:

The Minnesota Center for the Book Arts
The Wood Engravers' Network
The Guild of Book Workers
The Fine Press Book Association
The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory
The Graphic Artists Guild
The Duluth Art Institute
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators