Jason Wedekind

Genghis Kern

What is a wood type twofer? A piece of wood type that sometime during the course of its lifetime has wound up with two faces, its original manufacturer-cut face and on the reverse, something carved after the piece of type left the manufacturer.

Why on earth would someone cut into a perfectly good piece of type?
How many wood type twofers are there in the wood type world?
What was cut into the reverse side of the type?
Are there other types of twofers? (pun intended)
Who cares?

Celene Aubry and Jason Wedekind have spent some time pondering these very questions, and have some answers, plus more questions, including where other specimens of these rare pieces of letterpress printing history might be, and whether they can print with them.

Join us for a brief introduction to their particular fascination with wood type twofers, see examples of the type as well as prints made from them, and join in the hunt for more of these wood type wonders!

A free chap book containing examples of recent discoveries from the collections of various institutions, including Hatch Show Print, and private citizens will be made available to all attendees.

Jason Wedekind runs Genghis Kern Design and Letterpress out of an old Furniture shop in Denver, Colorado. Jason found his way to the land of inky fingernails (and knuckles) by way of graphic design. In 2007, he bought his first press, a 10x15 C&P, along with a cabinet of type, and the hook was set. 15 years later, he's built a small but indispensable team along with a small fleet of presses and creates tactile experiences for clients. With one foot squarely planted in both the digital and analog worlds, Genghis Kern chases that balance that only stepping away from the computer can provide.