I started wood type production a few moments ago (based on three years research - see my Atypi2020 presentation). First five typefaces - all by Slovene typographers - were donated, including the permission to sell wood type. The decision was mostly based on the knowledge of how much effort is put into the whole process. Now I would like to expand the set and include type of other typographers that I find would function fine as wood type. As this is quite an unusual way of using digital type the majority of licence agreements are not specific enough whether I can sell the type based on digital design or not. What are your thoughts on that? What would your expectations as an author be in this case?
Thank you for your interest. There are currently only two articles published in English describing part of my effort.
- "Research on wooden letters for letterpress printing in the USA" and
- "Workshop preparation for the production of wood type for printing"
The best way to see how the project unfolds is to follow it on Instagram @tiporenesansa.
Have you done some experiments in this way?
The 5 full alphabet sets that are nearly finished will also serve as didactical aid.
On the way it turned out the quality of wood type is surprisingly high (I use Deckel pantograph not a CNC) that I'm definitively putting it on the market. So far I got a very good feedback from type designers and am looking forward to future projects.
to avoid it You can at start look at OpenFontLicense fonts.
I made some primitive experiments (but with CNC mill ) In lack of pear I started with plum tree branches.