I added a new letterform from a Nintendo-inspired font I am working on...
Today we had two trials:
NO. 6 deeper, good definition (50, 20, 150)
NO. 7 deepest, good definition (60, 20, 150)
Dennis and I decided to prepare the cut from Trial 7 for printing.
First, we wiped the sticky residue off the wood with water and paper towel. Dennis explained that this occurred from the natural moisture/oils of the wood sap. We then cut a block of appropriate size with the band saw, and used calipers to measure the height of the block. It was less than type-high, so a piece of sheet metal was cut with the band saw to the same size and adhered to the underside of the block with double sided carpet tape (temporary).
Ink the block by hand and observe how it reacts.
Find out more detailed information about the composition of the inks I will be using.
Next, I brought in some wood type from the Print Shop to show Dennis. He cleaned and analyzed a piece of type. As he had suspected, it was hand carved from the end grain wood of a very hard maple. The qualities to look for in a good piece of wood for carving type are as follows:
Homogenous grain structure
Tight grain structure
Durable (not splintery)
Large end grain area to accomodate for curface area of carving
Groff & Groff Lumber, Inc.
858 Scotland Road
Quarryville, PA 17566
Owned/operated by friendly Mennonite folk. I am to go visit and ask for
rift sawn, clean hard maple FAS (finished all sides).
These people are "serious about wood".