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Custom orders & apparel · Raghaus.com · Art is in my name and ink runs through my veins – Markus Hartel, owner, Raghaus Artisanal Printing


Last updated on Mar 30, 2016

Fine Art Letterpress, Risograph and Giclee printing in the Hudson Valley, NY.

Custom orders & apparel · Raghaus.com · Art is in my name and ink runs through my veins – Markus Hartel, owner, Raghaus Artisanal Printing



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About Raghaus

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Going full circle after 30 years in the industry

Born the son of an auto mechanic in a small industrial town in western Germany, Markus Hartel dreamed of a life in the arts. Instead of joining the family business, after graduating school, he applied and was accepted to a typesetting apprenticeship with a local printer. It was in that shop, where the smell of paper, ink and oil got in his blood, that Markus discovered a place where he could combine his aptitude for all things mechanical with his need for expression. There, he learned the principals of printmaking, graphics and design. He used to fall asleep pouring over font sample catalogues and pantone books.

This was also an exciting time in the industry and the introduction of computers both revolutionized graphic design and nearly killed the real craft of printmaking. The digital age had arrived. When his apprenticeship ended and with a head full of ideas on how to capitalize on this new technology, Markus opened his own print shop. The shop grew quickly and was the go-to place in town for fast turnaround prepress, digital printing and graphic design.

After a decade of success, Markus grew restless and closed shop to conquer the new world. When he landed in NYC, his inner artist had a resurrection. This time, he took to the streets to savor the urban landscape behind his trusted Leica camera; and without meaning to, he became one of the better known modern Street Photographers. To support his new habit, Markus continued to work in all areas of graphic design, web design, photo retouching, branding, creating logos, tablet computer apps etc. He is a giant sponge and never tires of researching, learning new modalities or working them into his repertoire.

Having lived in Manhattan for nearly 13 years, it was time to make a change. Markus was growing restless in the demands of the city and pined for a small town life where he could one day open a shop again. This time, he wasn’t interested in a high volume operation, but one that took him back to his roots and allowed him to merge his tech knowledge with his aesthetic, to create distinctive designs, fabricated with old world techniques.

On vacation, he happened upon an article in a local paper about Newburgh. The article (a reprint from a NY Times article) described urban pioneers migrating to this once grand town, where artists and small companies were capitalizing on the economical real estate and amazing architecture of a historical City overlooking the Hudson River. Immediately he was intrigued and the fantasy grew into an exploration, which became a plan to set foot in the City of Newburgh.

He already knew that he would want to open a letterpress shop, but assumed that it was a few years off. Within 6 months of moving to the new digs, a miracle ad popped up on Ebay. While letterpress has seen a resurgence, the serious machines are hard to come by, often not well maintained and extremely expensive to move, since they weigh approximately 3,000 pounds and might be as far as the west coast.

This was a listing for a Heidelberg Windmill press… the very machine Markus had in mind. Not only was it in mint condition; it also had but a single owner AND was right here in Newburgh! There was a 3rd generation printer in town closing shop after 115 years in business. The owner was 93, had been a flight mechanic in WWII and had no heirs to pass on his legacy. And when Markus walked through his doors, he was transported to his apprenticeship days, feeling instantaneously at home. In the back of the shop, behind the newer presses, mechanical cutters and folding machines, were not one but two beautiful relics waiting to be revitalized (much like the town they now called home). Two Heildelburg windmills, one from the 50’s and one from the 60’s, were pining for a new home and to start their hum again.

Those two presses were the start of a new era for RagHaus and for Markus. They now reside at 223 Broadway, where they are busy producing one of a kind gifts and memorable impressions. And Markus is humming right along with his presses, inspired, and always discovering new ways to utilize this beautiful and historic medium to execute his modern off-beat designs.

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    ART is in my name and ink runs through my veins... INTP, photographer, letterpress print maker, typophile, creative director, educator, thinker & tinkerer

Shop policies

Last updated on March 11, 2018
Gut Ding will Weile haben... That's German for "it takes time to do a thing well". Custom orders can take anywhere from 14 to 21 business days to completion, depending on the steps involved and the materials sourced.. For details, see info on individual items.


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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Returns and exchange details
We accept returns and exchanges
Contact us within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 10 days of delivery

Cancellations for custom stationery within two business days only. period.
Contact us if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, we can't accept returns for Custom or personalized orders.

Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Estimated shipping times
North America: 3-5 business days
We do our best to meet these shipping estimates, but we can't guarantee them. Delivery time will also depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. We don't assume responsibility for delays due to customs.
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Made with love in Newburgh, NY
Every piece we create at Raghaus Studios goes lovingly through multiple hands to provide you with the best artisanal stationery in this beautiful hemisphere.