In this episode, I talk with Jim Moran — the Museum Director for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He grew up in a print shop and now works to preserve the legacy of letterpress & wood type.
You’ll hear him talk about his family’s rich history in printing and about Hamilton Wood Type — a company that quickly overtook its competitors in the wood type manufacturing business.
He also talks about some of the difficult moments running the museum, including moving its vast 1.5 million piece collection of wood type and numerous printing presses to a new location and finding the funds to make it all happen.
Sorting through the numerous bins of wood blocks that they continue to explore.
2:05 — Jim’s background. 4:49 — Jim’s introduction to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. 8:05 — The rapid changes in the printing industry. 12:34 — Background of Hamilton. 16:00 — Difference in veneer-based & pantograph-cut wood type. 17:45 — Hamilton’s business savvy. 22:15 — Tracing Hamilton to present-day. 25:18 — On having to move locations unexpectedly. 32:48 — What is a “wayzgoose”? 34:57 — The museum’s mission today and acquiring new collections of type. 42:00 — What’s up with letterpress in the Midwest? 44:30 — Tips & suggestions for printing with wood type. 49:55 — Impression with wood type. 53:30 — Upcoming Hamilton Wayzgoose (Nov 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2017).