Hand made wood block type project

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Sam Barnes's picture
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Joined: 15 Oct 2010 - 6:28am
Hand made wood block type project
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I'm thinking about making a set of wood letterpress blocks, and need assistance with some decisions.

I'm thinking about making a set of wood letterpress blocks; I was hoping there might be someone here who can guide me as to the things I'm considering. The type of wood for a start, soft or hard- but I'm going to be filing this material so a harder wood will make the project take forever, but a soft wood might be naff with inks- I need to be able to clean the set once it's done.

The actual size and weight, and I suppose the typeface itself (if anyone has a special self designed one, I'd consider using it as a template!) are still undecided - I am literally just beginning to think about it. Who knows, we could work on it as a collective to get it done faster!

I want to make it fully by hand- I dont want to use sanders or engravers to rout out the grains. I also want to finish it by the end of 2011.

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Buy this book...

http://www.liberapertus.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=12

and all your questions will be answered.

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Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm
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I second Nick's suggestion.
A most excellent book.

You can also ask these guys: http://virginwoodtype.com

Nick Sherman's picture
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Joined: 5 Nov 2006 - 2:23pm
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I made my own wood type in the past and documented the process pretty heavily. You can read all about it here:
http://nicksherman.com/design/Intercut/

Hopefully you can get some useful information from that. I'll be curious to see how your project goes – good luck!

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Joined: 15 Oct 2010 - 6:28am
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Wow thanks for your replies folks! I knew this was the right place to come. I'll keep you all up to date in the new year.

Oh, and happy new year!