Paper Devotees Feel the Love at New Shop Paper Hammer

A downtown studio sources unique cards, furniture and gifts from tiny Tieton in central Washington.
Hand-bound journals at Seattle’s Paper Hammer

Ed Marquand’s new gift and paper shop, Paper Hammer (downtown, 1400 Second Ave.; 206.682.3820;, is the realization of a dream project built over the past six years. Also the owner of Marquand Books in the same building (both an art book publisher and old-school book bindery), Marquand is leading the charge to reinvigorate Tieton. Open since last December, Paper Hammer functions as his urban laboratory for Tieton-made paper products, which are lovingly arranged in a stark, white, gallery-like setting. “The merchandise is very experimental, evolving with the fun and weird designs coming from our studio,” Marquand says. Affordable treasures include gorgeous letterpress coasters ($2.50), hand-bound journals and Marquand’s own invention, cheeky “You As Fine Wine” sweetheart cards (describing people using common wine terms, like “robust” and “full-bodied,” $3.95). The “hammer” title refers to the shop’s selection of handcrafted furniture by local designer Kerry Quint, Marquand’s inventive side tables created out of a stack of recycled books ($250) and, soon, a line of welded steel tables.