Wayzgoose 2012 at Hamilton Wood Type

I’m a super lucky girl this year. Why? Because I’ve been lucky enough to have seen Jim Sherraden twice in one year and the year isn’t over yet. 

Last weekend, Chris and I went to Two Rivers, Wisconsin to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum for their Wayzgoose. We had no trouble finding our WAY to Wayzgoose. 

In case you are wondering, a wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew’s Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper. That is according to Wiki.

Letterpress people are an amazing group of people. They are friendly, down to earth, smart and usually a bit strange. This conference was unlike the stodgy conferences I’ve been sent to for work. You know it’s going to be great when upon your arrival, a famous letterer/typographer, says to you, “Melissa, I’ve been waiting all day for you to get here!” He proceeded to create these beautiful letters over a letterpress for me. 

This describes my first interaction with lettering artist Paul Shaw. Thanks, Paul!

Hamilton Wood Type is as amazing of a place as I had imagined. Here you can see the machines used to create the beautiful type and see lots of the type itself as well as the patterns used to create them. It’s such an amazing place, I don’t need to say anymore. The photos will speak for themselves.

(hello, my pretty)

(one way to organize type!)

(a spook on the behind the scenes tour)

(big wood!)

Times change though and Hamilton is facing some serious challenges. The museum is going to have to move out of the Hamilton building, which is incredibly sad, not to mention the loss in history.

But to save the collection, they will go, that is if they can raise enough money in the next 3 months to do so. This will be a HUGE move. If you can support them in any way, please do. They’ll send you cool stuff in the mail if you become a member.

Another letterpress shop that is near and dear to my heart is facing a move this year too. Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN is facing a move as well, but this may be for the better actually. They’ll have more space including an art gallery, classroom space and more retail space. The charm of 312 Broadway will be lost, but only for bit. They will “charm up” the new place in a hurry, I am sure. Don’t worry. The pets are going too.

Here is David Peat (whom I met in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa’s printer’s hall) and the prizes he donated to the raffle with his winners. Those are some seriously happy faces. Mine included.

This is the typeface I won. Isn’t it lovely? Thank you Mr. Peat! Thanks to all of you (Jim, Bill and Stephanie) at Hamilton that made Wazygoose so great!