This weekend was spent in Two Rivers, Wisconsin surrounded by wood type, metal type, presses, and lots of friendly and equally nerdy printers. It was a gathering of type-geeks at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. I got to see wonderful presentations from the men at Tipoteca Italiana—they came in from Cornuda, Italy—and from Clint Harvey at The Bacon Factory in Brisbane, Australia. David Wolske showed off his creative use of type and press with the technique he has coined, isotype printing. His presentation motivated me to stop planning so much before I get on press and play with the problem-solving process to make unexpected prints.
I got to get my hands dirty as well while I was there with a day of workshops. Jessica Spring from Springtide Press showed us all how to cobble together the materials to set type on a curve. The photo below shows the lock-up I created using a roll of electrical tape and a plumber's clamp. Who knew?
I learned a lot, came home with some "new" old metal type and lots of printed samples. Now to make some time to print before the end of the year—I have lots of ideas!
Here are just a few images from that weekend...