Roller & Brayer Co. Products
Tarheel Roller manufactures
traditional composition inking rollers for small
letterpresses starting at $50.00 each when rollers are
recast on customers cores. The company also stocks and sells
a variety of roller cores and trucks for most letterpresses.
composition rollers are made from all natural products
including premium grade #379 hide glue, 99.5% Kosher
glycerin (derived from animal fat), well water and orange
pigment for color. Two types are composition rollers are
available: summer rollers (for humid conditions) and winter
rollers (for dry heat conditions). Using the right roller
under the right conditions produces the best printing
The company has an excellent
composition roller formula perfected by W.F.Isley & Co. over
the years. Tarheel Composition Rollers are preferred by
letterpress printers today, because of their superior inking
quality and because they cost considerably less than other
roller material. Composition is the original letterpress roller material
and also the softest material available.
It has been used successfully on all makes and models of
letterpresses for nearly 200 years.
Tarheel Roller looks forward to supplying quality
composition rollers and brayers for commercial letterpress
and hobby printers.
Proper Care and
Cleaning of Composition Rollers
• Do not use water to
clean rollers, only mild solvents.
• Clean with kerosene or
a mild roller wash.
• Keep in a dry location
away from extreme heat–stoves, radiators etc.
• Keep rollers out of
• Do not let rollers sit
idle on type, numbering machines or ink disk for
long periods of time.
• Rollers can be coated
with light oil after cleaning, but oil must be
removed before using rollers on press.
• Store rollers in
wooden box when not in use.