I’d like to get together with any other interested makers for a project that would let us produce our own type (at least the larger stuff for headlines, posters, and the like) out of hardwoods on our CNC machines. In a nutshell we would:
- Select a number of open source typefaces that are suitable
- Determine how many of each letter, number, and symbol we would consider a “full” font
- Create the gcode to carve full sets of each face, size, and weight
- Source and prepare suitable blanks of hardwood
- Carve each set on the CNC (and separate on the bandsaw, most likely)
- Build proper type cases to hold the produced fonts of new wood type
It is a big project, with lots of parts, and would require skills from several disciplines, but it would give us a great start on preserving the art of typesetting and presswork at MakeICT. The good news is that it can be a great learning experience. Those with CNC skills can gain knowledge in Letterpress and Typesetting. Those with Letterpress skills can learn CNC modeling and operation. There are opportunities in the wood shop. Lots to learn, lots to do. No deadlines or need to rush…just a way to learn new skills while helping out the makerspace.
If you’d be interested in participating, reply in this thread. When we have enough folks, we can set up a time to sit down together and make plans going forward.