The Union unites Impractical Laborers across the land and around the world by hosting a virtual gathering place, and, together with the Research Institute, organizing events and opportunities. Current Union members automatically reveive new issues of the ILSSA Quarterly as they are published. All who identify with the ILSSA Mission are welcome to join.


On a sunny morning in the spring of 2008, ILSSA was founded by two friends stopped outside a German doughnut shop, on their way to visit Rural Studio.

Local 347 Shop FS is Bridget Elmer, in St. Petersburg Florida, where she is rebuilding her Craftsmen Superior platen press, tuning up her '66 GMC flatbed truck, and retrofitting open source philosophy to book technologies. Local 917 Shop RC is Emily Larned, living in Lordship & working in Bridgeport Connecticut, where she is fitting as much type as possible into the bed of her Vandercook, firing up a '05 Risograph, growing and cooking vegetables, and knitting.


Members are encouraged to contact their neighbors and host impromptu, regional events. Skill-sharing over homebrew, anyone?

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