WOOD TYPE ARCHAEOLOGY
Ongoing archaeological study at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin of a die-stamping machine (pictured at right). The Hamilton Manufacturing Company, also of Two Rivers and historically the world's largest producer of wood printing type, used the machine to produce decorative wood type border elements.
Initial experimental archaeology work, begun in 2015, focused on the machine's mode of operation and the mechanically situated form of work it entailed. The study's focus has since shifted to the reproduction of historic border designs and the production of new border designs.
"Wave Border," designed by Daniel Schneider, is the first new border design to be manufactured with the die-stamping machine since the 1940s or earlier. Current work focuses on a border design called "Bernice" by Canadian designer Marian Bantjes.
Aspects of the study and border production have been documented in blog posts on the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum's web site:
"The Archaeological Experiment"
"Drawing a Machine"