Wood Type Legacy Project

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is proud to introduce the Wood Type Legacy Project.

The project enlists internationally known designers to create original designs and naming these fonts after Hamilton Manufacturing employees, museum supporters and typographic luminaries who have helped preserve and carry on the rare craft of making wood type. These fonts are available for sale in digital format at Hamiltonwoodtype.com with our partners at P22 Type Foundry.

Type designers Matthew Carter, Erik Spiekermann, Nick Sherman and graphic designers Louise Fili, Marian Bantjes and Craig Welsh have all generously contributed original designs to the museum.

Our most recent release, Brylski, named for retired wood type cutter Norbert was released for sale on June 1st, 2017. You can can view the press release here.

Van Lanen Latin

Matthew Carter drew his inspiration from a chromatic latin style font for the creation called Van Lanen Latin. The font is named for museum founder and Two Rivers Historical Society member Jim Van Lanen and you can buy the font here.



Berlin-based type designer and letterpress printer Erik Spiekermann created and named this handsome font named for type cutter Dave Artz who worked for Hamilton as a type trimmer from 1976 to 1993. You can buy the font here and the poster here.



New York-based designer Louise Fili drew upon her love of Futurist typography for this typeface called Mardell. “This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate two of my favorite subjects: women and Italy,” says Fili. Named after retired type cutter Mardell Doubek, this font is also available as a signed, limited-edition specimen sheet poster. You can buy the font here and purchase the poster here.



Type designer Nick Sherman created this font in the "Italian style" which typically features heavy terminals and serifs while having relatively thin stokes in the body of the letter. Named for museum volunteer and retired type cutter Norbert Brylski, it's available for for sale here.


Lustig Elements

Designers Craig Welsh and Elaine Lustig Cohen collaborated to revive a font originally designed by Alvin Lustig in the 1930s. The font is named after the Lustigs and an 1847 book, "The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid," which served as a source of inspiration. All glyphs are combinations of four geometric shapes.



Vancouver-based designer Marian Bantjes incorporated the border aesthetic of Hamilton Wood Type's stamping machine to create this modular glyph design that can be recombined and rotated to produce unique borders. Named for retired type trimmer Bernice Schwahert, you can buy the font here.


Hamilton Wood Type is cutting wood type versions of these fonts for sale. Contact artistic director Bill Moran at bill@woodtype.org to inquire about pricing.