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Matthew Carter and Hamilton Wayzgoose

Two Rivers, Wisconsin - 28 September 2009

Matthew Carter unveils his first-ever wood typeface at Hamilton’s first-ever Wayzgoose weekend
Hamilton Wood Type’s 10th anniversary events conclude with Jim Sherraden’s December workshop

Wood type aficionados will converge for a Wayzgoose weekend, Nov. 20-22, filled with print presentations and type talk including Matthew Carter as he unveils “Carter Latin Wide,” his first wood typeface and the newest addition to one of the premier wood type collections in the world.

Marking the end of summer, Wayzgoose traditionally commemorates an annual gathering of printing staff as they used the last of the season’s pulp to paper the windows in preparation for winter. Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum hosts a modern revival in Two Rivers, Wis. Along with Carter, Rich Kegler of P22, Paul Brown of Indiana University and Kartemquin Film’s “TypeFace” documentary will be among the weekend’s presentations.

Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print will host a winter weekend letterpress workshop Dec. 11-13. This will be limited to 15 participants who will work side-by-side with one of the world’s premier letterpress printers exploring Hamilton’s 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns.

To register for these weekend events, please contact Jim Moran at 920-794-6272,, or visit

Wayzgoose weekend and unveiling of Matthew Carter’s new “Carter Latin Wide”
November 20-22
$75 registration fee; hotel accommodations can be made at the Lighthouse Inn

Friday, Nov. 20 - Wayzgoose festivities kick-off
6-8 p.m., open house at the museum with live music/DJ
8 -9 p.m., Rich Kegler, P22 type foundry’s founder and president, shares his thoughts on the state of type
9 p.m.-12 a.m. midnight, merrymaking continues

Saturday, Nov. 21 - workshops, presentations, movies and more
Attendees will rotate between the four, concurrent workshops held throughout the day with:

  • Richard Zauft,Emerson College’s dean of graduate studies, prints specimen sheets with Matthew Carter's newly released “Carter Latin Wide”
  • Type cutter Norb Brylski, demonstrates the finer points of the pantograph 
  • Paul Brown,Indiana University’s associate dean of art, shares some of the typographic treasures to be found in the museum’s archives.
  • Jim Moran, Hamilton Type Foundry and Museum’s printer and archivist, makes the case for preservation of The Globe Printing Collection

7-11 p.m., attendees are invited to dinner at nearby Lighthouse Inn, on Lake Michigan. The evening’s activities also will include:

  •  Matthew Carter, presenting “Carter Latin Wide,” his first typeface design specifically for wood typeface
  • Kartemquin Film screening “TypeFace,” a documentary showcasing the successes and challenges facing Hamilton Wood Type

Sunday, Nov. 22 - Print swap/sale
9 a.m.-12 p.m. noon
Along with the limited edition posters that will be for sale, Hamilton Wood Type offers books, broadside prints, digital typefaces and other items through its online store.

Letterpress workshop with Jim Sherraden of Hatch Showprint
December 11-13
$250 registration fee; hotel accommodations can be made at the Lighthouse Inn

Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print, Nashville, Tenn. is known internationally and regularly leads letterpress workshops throughout the country.

This winter weekend workshop will be limited to 15 participants who will work side-by-side with one of the world’s premier letterpress printers and designers. The cost is $250 per person for paper, ink, equipment and access to Hamilton's presses. Previous printing experience is helpful buy not required.

Friday, Dec. 11, attendees arrive to tour the museum and talk with Sherraden about Hatch Showprint and the long-standing connection with Hamilton. 

Saturday, Dec. 12, the printing begins at 9 a.m. and continues through 6 p.m. under the watchful eyes and wisecracking mouth of one of the nation’s most influential letterpress printers.

Sunday, Dec. 13, additional printing time will be provided from 9-11 a.m., followed by a print swap.

The Wayzgoose and December workshops conclude Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum’s year-long 10th anniversary celebration as the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. Hamilton began producing type in 1880 and within 20 years became the largest provider in the United States.

Today, volunteers of the Two Rivers Historical Society preserve this legacy and host educational demonstrations, field trips, workshops and offer opportunities with this vast wood type collection. The museum also illustrates antique printing technologies including the production of hot metal type, hand-operated printing presses, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is located at 1619 Jefferson St., Two Rivers, WI 54241.
In addition to the special events, the museum is open from May to October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Those planning to visit during these normal hours of operation are encouraged to call ahead, 920-794-6272.

article posted 28 September 2009 and last updated 18 December 2009.

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