About Us

Welcome to our tiny shop.

Hoban Cards is a tiny shop located in the Great Pacific Northwest. Evan Calkins started Hoban Cards in 2011 as his curiosity in letterpress printing quickly turned from a hobby, to side business, to career.

While working as a software developer, Evan moonlit the company until he was able to quit his day job and go full time with Hoban Cards at the beginning of 2015. Along the journey, Evan hired his longtime friend Ben Ellis and Olympia resident, Claire Green to help out in the shop as printmakers. The team of three now operates Hoban Cards while fullfilling letterpress printed business card and stationery orders all over the world.


Evan Calkins, Proprietor, Printmaker

Evan was born and raised in Centralia, Washington; a small town located between two beautiful Pacific Northwest cities - Seattle and Portland. He married Kelly in 2005 and they have one lovely 14 year old daughter. The family enjoys camping in their 1989 Volkswagen Westfalia, kayaking, hiking and spending time in the larger surrounding cities.

Claire Green, Project Manager, Printmaker

Claire has been a printer at Hoban Press since 2013 and a letterpress printer since 2007. She earned her MFA from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied printmaking, bookbinding and hand papermaking. In addition to printing, Claire helps things run smoothly as Project Manager; if you have a question about your order feel free to reach out to her for assistance. Claire lives in Olympia with her husband, toddler, and many furred and feathered animals.

Ben Ellis, Printmaker

Ben, a Washington State native, lives in Centralia, Washington with his wife and four children. Ben enjoys playing guitar, beard maintenance, drinking of the holy bean and cooking for his family. When not letterpress printing, he has an odd obsession with watching StarCraft 2 competitions online (Go Terran!).