How was wood type made?

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How was wood type made?
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Hello,
I was just admiring some old letterpress wooden type and wondering how in the world they cut such perfect relief type? Surely they couldn't have simply cut the pattern by hand?

I was hoping some of the type historians amongst us could educate me.

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Nick Sherman is your man.
http://nicksherman.com/design/Intercut/

hhp

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Cool. Thanks for the responses! That Nick Sherman link is filled with useful information. Thanks, Hrant.