Rebecca’s finished keepsake for the ATF Conference print exchange. Type cast at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry during museum open hours, printed on the Vandercook SP15 at Stumptown Printers mostly after hours.

Rebecca’s finished keepsake for the ATF Conference print exchange. Type cast at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry during museum open hours, printed on the Vandercook SP15 at Stumptown Printers mostly after hours.

Well, the American Typecasting Fellowship Conference is over and we are back home and back at work. This year’s host was Frank Romano and the Museum of Printing in N. Andover, Mass. and the schedule was loaded with great presentations and plenty of social time to swap stories, gain insight, and also to eat. On day two, keepsakes were exchanged, and the requisite swap meet and auction were held. We are still looking though all the amazing work from people who attended, type beautifully cast and printed for the exchange. Mr. Romano opened up his personal library for a day of presentations, and Sunday saw many attendees at the open house at  Firefly Press in Boston, wrenching on the Thompson or poking around the excess casting parts.Thanks to Frank for all the hospitality, and to the other attendees from around the world who shared in the fellowship. There’s nothing like shutting down the hotel bar with a gaggle of other printers still chatting enthusiastically away about how to make the Monotype composition caster run more smoothly, or celebrating the charm of a certain Linotype face. Cheers!

2014 American Typecasting fellowship conference. Images from first day presentations at Museum of printing, North Andover, Massachusetts

The Amazing Mr. Chris Chen on Flickr.

The Amazing Mr. Chris Chen on Flickr.

The sidewalls on these Benedictine matrices are pretty rough. As a result, we’re casting a lot of hairlines. But, we’ve got our dental tools and know how to use them. That is, as long as they aren’t near teeth. Anyway, any chance to make sense out of Benedictine is a good one, I say. I can’t quite figure out how to use that typeface, but it’s fun to keep trying. 

The sidewalls on these Benedictine matrices are pretty rough. As a result, we’re casting a lot of hairlines. But, we’ve got our dental tools and know how to use them. That is, as long as they aren’t near teeth. Anyway, any chance to make sense out of Benedictine is a good one, I say. I can’t quite figure out how to use that typeface, but it’s fun to keep trying. 

There’s a lot of hot metal design happening in the shop this afternoon. See Rebecca’s post below. The photo above is a snapshot of Linotype borders and different ink approaches. I gotta rein it in, pick one and go with it. No persnickety “command z” action here.  Once a run is done, it’s done. Metal is cast and cut - there’s no going back. It’s a rewarding way to lay down ink. … okay, I think I’ve got it. Back to the press….

There’s a lot of hot metal design happening in the shop this afternoon. See Rebecca’s post below. The photo above is a snapshot of Linotype borders and different ink approaches. I gotta rein it in, pick one and go with it. No persnickety “command z” action here.  Once a run is done, it’s done. Metal is cast and cut - there’s no going back. It’s a rewarding way to lay down ink. … okay, I think I’ve got it. Back to the press….

Proofing 18pt. Monotype Ornament 1405/1405B/1405C (Cast at C.C. Stern Type Foundry, printed at Stumptown Printers)

Today’s Favorite Antiquated Office Product

Today’s Favorite Antiquated Office Product

Cal 20, Fleet 7 drink coasters for our friends on the Columbia River. Illustration by Andrew Roberts.

Cal 20, Fleet 7 drink coasters for our friends on the Columbia River. Illustration by Andrew Roberts.

Beer coaster print production for Fleet 7, Portland, Oregon.