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.
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 MooreWoodType.com for Moore details.
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.
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.
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.