How was wood type made?

James Gareth's picture

Hello,
I was just admiring some old letterpress wooden type and wondering how in the world they cut such perfect relief type? Surely they couldn't have simply cut the pattern by hand?

I was hoping some of the type historians amongst us could educate me.

hrant's picture

Nick Sherman is your man.
http://nicksherman.com/design/Intercut/

hhp

James Gareth's picture

Cool. Thanks for the responses! That Nick Sherman link is filled with useful information. Thanks, Hrant.

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