Wood Type at South Street Seaport Museum | Arts in the City webextra

Wood Type at South Street Seaport Museum | Arts in the City webextra


>>>Essentially, they’re cut
with what’s called a pantograph. So the way
that you make wood type is you first have a really
large drawing; and, then what you would do is you
would trace that drawing and instead of a pencil on
the other end you have a cutting router. And if you
look at that — if you get real close — you can see
in the counter of this N — where that cutting
router was only so fine. Essentially it looks like
a drill bit that’s kind of cutting all this wood
away. So all of these little really tiny counter
forms were hand-finished – the really small details.
So, there is a lot of craftsmanship that was
built into making wood type. These are 120 140 years old and
will probably last another 100 years as long as
they’re kept out of the water. We’re really excited about it,
and if you think about it, every poster that
we’ve printed — the same type might have
been used to print you know a war protest poster,
or a woman’s rights poster or something like that.
So, there’s a lot of history built into kind of every letter.

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