Home to 1.5 million pieces of wood type: Observatory: Design Observer

by R27 CREATIVELAB on Friday, 11 May 2012


A vector-driven router puts the finishing touches on Matthew Carter’s Van Lanen font. When cutting fine interior angles the router bit lifts to create sharp corners

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, est. 1880

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the Museum is home to an array of advertising woodcuts from the 1930s through the 1970s. A “living” museum, Hamilton hosts numerous cutting demonstrations and printing workshops for visitors.

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