Archived entries for Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Surplus Sale

Hamilton Wood Pointers For SaleHamilton Wood Pointers

From a special commission, ca. 2006, this is a full set (25 pieces) of Hamilton’s “Wood Pointers” in 5-line size. Each piece is pantograph router cut from side grain maple.

Hamilton Wood Type Pointersm, as shown in specimensAs shown in Hamilton’s type specimens

I have two sets available in the Letterpress Daily Store.

Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 5

It’s not everyday one can witness a master sign painter at work, unless it’s everyday of the Wayzgoose. Saturday, November 5 was Don Black’s birthday, so after Rick Griffith printed an appropriately fabulous, oversized birthday card, John Downer added his version of Aetna. The card was signed by many of the Wayzgoose attendees and presented to Don during Saturday evening’s festivities.

During the Hatch Show Print workshop on Saturday, I caught Bill Jones printing. What do Bill and John Downer have in common?

Bill has been working on reviving Aetna via Virgin Wood Type. His awesome, five-panel accordion business card features 5 line Aetna capitals in brilliant blue.


Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 4

Scott Moore, proprietor of Moore Wood Type, and his daughter, Erin Beckloff of Inky Winke Press, collaborated on printing specimen cards to showcase the stars, circles, diamonds, and catchphrases MWT is producing. Wayzgoose attendees received one of five designs in their swag bags. I collected a full set of the cards – easily among my favorite ephemera from the Wayzgoose – as well as some samples of the end grain blocks Scott is cutting.

This beautiful AND catchword (Morgans 316), updated from the 1890 Morgans & Wilcox Wood Type Catalog, is among the first MWT offerings. Visit for Moore details.


Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 3

Carl Montford assisting David Shields to register his stencil/matrix for pressure printing.

Shields pulling the handle on Hamilton’s Washington iron hand press.

The Grotesque Italian E as rendered by David Shields.

Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 2

On Saturday, November 5, I spent some time with Rick Griffith of Matter, a full-service strategic design, typographic, and communications consultancy based in Denver, Colorado. After perusing a pile of prints he’s made over the course of many visits to Hamilton, Rick excitedly offered to give me a mini tour of his favorite cabinet of type in the museum.

Case after case was filled with mouth-watering morsels of wood type goodness, like this Latin Extended, stuffed sideways into a California Job Case.

Wayzgoose Weekend Report No. 1

Last weekend at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 2011 Wayzgoose, while looking through the patterns used to cut wood type with a pantograph and router, I came across this good-looking Ultra Bodoni lowercase letter g.

Wayzgoose Bound

Letterpress Daily will be on a short hiatus through November 7 while we attend the 2011 Wayzgoose at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. We’ll be stopping in Chicago for a couple days to visit with friends and to check out Wood Type, Evolved at Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Time is Running Out

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to live and breathe (it stings a little at first, but you learn to love it) wood type and letterpress at the one and only Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Download the flier and register before Friday, April 22, 2011.

Hamilton Wood Type Letterpress Intensive

One of my heroes, Paul Brown, is teaching a 2.5 week summer intensive at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Download the flier and contact Mr. Brown for more information about what could be the best few weeks of your life. Oh, and that red type (above), that’s Van Lanen Latin, a wood type face designed by 2010 MacArthur Fellow, Matthew Carter. Genius.

Wood Type Needs Your Help

From the Directors of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum:

Dear friends of wood type,
Hamilton has an unprecedented opportunity to qualify for a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the “Save America’s Treasures” program which has a deadline of May 20th, 2010.

This gives Hamilton 30 days to raise enough money to apply for a $25,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We’re excited to have already raised over $5000 for this vital program that will help us archive, preserve and digitally document our collection of over 2000 vintage advertising plates and our 1.5 million-piece type collection.

But we can’t do it without you.

What can you do? We have 3 ways for you to give:

1. Become a member of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum online today ( There are 4 levels to choose from with sweet incentives that let you take a little slice of Two Rivers back to your home or office wall. Your membership dollars go a long way toward helping the museum fulfill its mission of preserving this amazing piece of printing history. All new membership dollars generated between now and the grant deadline will go directly to our matching funds effort.

2. If you’re already a member you can simply donate at a level that suits your budget! Our recommended donation base is $50 and every dollar you give goes to protecting this typographic gem. (

3. Shop at our Etsy Store! All proceeds for the next 30 days go directly to Hamilton’s “Save America’s Treasures” efforts and we’ll be adding more merchandise soon. (

Finally, we ask that you pass this message along to at least 2 people you think might become friends of Hamilton.
Time is of the essence. We’ll be keeping you updated with our progress in the coming month. Thanks for supporting wood type.

Sincerely Jim and Bill Moran

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