Amalgamated Printers' Association Wayzgoose

June 9-12

The Amalgamated Printers' Association (APA) is holding their annual Wayzgoose at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. You do not have to be an APA member to participate in this Wayzgoose. Make sure to register so you can join us June 9-12 for workshops, presentations, and demonstrations. The event is filling up, so register now!

The APA was organized in 1958 as a hobby printers group so that members could improve their skills, expand their knowledge, and exchange samples of their letterpress work. Today, the APA consists of both professional and amateur letterpress printers, but our emphasis is still on the exchange of members’ letterpress printing and information on sources of equipment and better printing practices.

Their annual Wayzgoose, or printers’ picnic, convenes somewhere in the United States each year. The Wayzgoose is a three or four day affair and includes a Saturday auction and flea market of printers’ treasures. This year includes a behind-the-scene tour at Hamilton, learning about printing on different papers with Jeff Waldvogel, hearing about the type making process from Val Lucas, and more! See the entire event schedule.

A few spaces remain! Register now!


If you can't join us for the entire weekend, sign up for one of the workshops on Thursday, June 9.

1. Natural Dye & Textile Block Printing

Instructor: Raychel Steinbach [#926]

Explore the natural possibilities of plant-based natural dyes in this hands-on workshop. We will learn the basic process of natural dyes as well as learn how to print carved linoleum blocks on fabric with sign presses or hand printing.

2. Wood Type Cutting at Hamilton (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Instructors: Georgie Liesch and Jen Anne

Master Typecutter Georgie Liesch and Associate Typecutter Jen Anne take you through the process of producing new wood type. After starting with wood preparation, you’ll learn about using patterns, proportion calculations, and the pantograph router to cut type from a pattern. You’ll also learn about trim-sawing wood to line, and using knives and punches to do final hand-trimming of the wood characters.

3. Angles and Devils

Instructor: Richard Kegler [#913]

This one day workshop will explore the use of the Rotary angle chase which was recently revived as a 3-D printed facsimile of the legendary Challenge angle chase. Using materials from the Hamilton collection, participants will produce prints that break out of the 90 degree confines of a standard lockup.

4. Silver Buckle Sampler

Instructor: Jessica Spring [#738]

In this fast-paced full day workshop, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the treasures of the Silver Buckle Press which include wood and metal type, as well as gorgeous ornaments. Employing a meander folded book structure we’ll learn together, each student will contribute to a page of a small collaborative book to take home. Our focus will be on careful typesetting and composition, with discussion of working with valuable historic materials.

5. Wood Engraving – An Adventure in End-Grain Printmaking

Instructors: Jim Horton [#622] and Tony Drehfal

We will be exploring the printmaking process of wood engraving (often referred to as the “lost” method of printmaking). It has rich historical roots, and in many ways, brought illustration to the mass media in the 19th century. It remains today, a viable artistic path to personal expression. It is characterized by fine detail and striking contrasts. The tools, called gravers, cut into a polished surface of type-high wood. It works particularly well with letterpress type. All tools and materials will be provided.



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