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The process of type-founding

A fascinating short series of videos detailing the process of type-founding:

1. Punchcutting

This is the first in a short series of videos detailing the process of type-founding. Stan Nelson, historian of printing history, hosts these segments. First developed in the 15th century, this process was critical to the world’s ability to communicate until the rise of modern offset printing technologies in the 1950s.

2. Tempering Punches & Striking Matrices

3. Casting Type

4. Dressing Type


Assembling a French-style mould

Usually, moulds are tucked away in museums or used by typefounders, and thus are never disassembled. Here is a rare opportunity to see an authentic mould being assembled from its component parts.

This specific mould is a 72 point french style mould.

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