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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.

8 line Inline Star

picture and printed proof of 8 line wood type Inline Star by Moore Wood Type

Look for these Inline Stars in four sizes soon from Moore Wood Type.

8 line MWT Line Ornament No. 3

Get your credit cards ready folks. These beautiful, outstandingly crafted “Line Ornaments,” based on Wm. H. Page’s No. 404 Space Ornament, are coming soon to the Moore Wood Type Shop.

Fancy Cuffed Fist

This printer’s fist – or index, or manicule – is a 60 point photoengraved metal “cut” mounted on wood to make it type high.

Amos Kennedy in SLC, part 1

Amos Kennedy will be in Salt Lake City September 8–10 for a free, public screening of Proceed and Be Bold! (Thursday, September 8, 7pm) and a two-day workshop at the Book Arts Program. The film screening is co-sponsored by the Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City.

To promote the film screening and workshop, I’ve been collaborating with Spencer Charles to print a poster. While brainstorming ideas, I wondered aloud about the best way to draw people’s attention and inspire them to come to the events. I thought of the old standby, “Free Beer,” and immediately suggested we (AIGA SLC and the Book Arts Program) were offering the next best thing: Free Amos Kennedy.

Spencer and I printed the first two runs in tandem. I ran the red “FREE” on the Book Arts Program’s Vandercook SP20. As I pulled each print from the press, I handed them to Spencer who ran “Amos Kennedy” (in magnificent 20 line Grecian) on the Program’s Vandercook Universal 1.

We needed two asterisks for our concept so I used a Hammond Glider to trim a 10 pica square and a 6 pica square from a 3 x 5 inch Speedball lino block. Next, I laser printed the asterisks with a square outline that corresponded to the size of the pre trimmed lino blocks. Using a #2 pencil, I traced the perimeter of each laser printed asterisk, being sure to use plenty of graphite. After tracing the shapes, I taped one edge of the print to the lino block  so the pencil traced image was face down. Then I rubbed the back of the paper with a bone folder to transfer the pencil graphite outline to the lino block leaving a perfect template for me to cut.

Once I finished cutting each block, I inked them up and pulled proofs. I’ll be printing the asterisks in red (the final run!) tonight and posting more pictures this week.

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 41 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 40 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 39 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

12 line Moore Wood Type Star

William H. Page Wood Type Co. called this faceted beauty Star No. 2, Morgans & Wilcox called it Star No. 3, and Hamilton Manufacturing Co. called it Star No. 4.

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 38 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 37 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

6 line No. 14

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 36 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

Specimen Sunday

sequential pg. 35 (high-res scan here; right click to download)

I ♥ Wood Type

12 line wood type heart

This one’s for you Paul Brown.

Thanks to Bill Jones, proprietor of Virgin Wood Type, for the inspiration to make this special Valentine’s Day post and for confirming my suspicions that American Wood Type was the manufacturer.

15 line Quarter Round/Japanese Corner

In his book American Wood Type, Rob Roy Kelly showed 3 different designs for Quarter Rounds and attributed them to the Hamilton Manufacturing Company, along with the date 1892. Because I don’t have access to more than a handful of specimens, I can only guess that the date refers to the Hamilton Mfg. Co.’s Wood Type & Borders from 1892 (see the comprehensive Hand List of Specimen Books on the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website). Update: see also David Shields’ comment about the origins of what Page called “Japanese Corners.”

The very shallow counters in the ornamental design indicate that the face has been die stamped, while the deeper shoulder has been cleared away with a router.

6 line Ornaments No. 66 & No. 67

Each of these ornaments is 6 lines/picas, or 72 points tall. In the photograph, the northeast block is No. 66, the northwest is No. 67; both are shown in Hamilton’s Specimens of Wood Type Faces, Seventeenth Edition, reprinted by Pioneer Press of West Virginia, Inc. and Shooting Star Press, Little Rock, Arkansas.



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