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 and museum supporters who have helped preserve and carry on the rare craft of making wood type. Most of 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 designer Louise Fili have all generously contributed original designs to the museum.

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, is available for for sale at Hamiltonwoodtype.com.



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.