For Christmas, my girlfriend bought us both tickets to a workshop at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. I was stoked.
The workshop was from 9AM to 5PM last Saturday. The first couple hours, we toured the museum and learned about the history behind everything in the museum. Right before lunch, we watched our instructor give us a tutorial on how to print using the wood type, then we were left to try it out on our own. I couldn’t pre-plan a design before we went to the workshop, because I had no idea what kind of capabilities we would have as well as limitations. Experimenting was really fun. Kerning the lettering was probably the most challenging/fun for me, because you have to use spacers or “furniture” to space it out. I thought it would be a really long day, since it was from 9AM to 5PM, but it turned out that we were actually running out of time!
It was a ton of fun and I definitely recommend anyone to check it out even if it’s just for a tour. You don’t even have to be interested in typography, really. It’s a great place to learn about the history of Hamilton.
Here are some photos from the workshop: