Hi Greg; all matrix making is done at the Type Archive. Off the top of my head, I’m not sure how much matrices are, but I think it’s something like £5.50.
I’m extremely delighted to say that I’ve been award a scholarship by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which will allow me to travel to the US for a month’s tuition with Micah Currier, proprietor of the Dale Guild Type Foundry. Given Micah’s recent setbacks, I hope that my spending time with him will be beneficial to both of us: a little income on arriving at his new premises for him, and some tuition in, and experience of, running & maintaining pivotal casters, and engraving new matrices.
In the long term, I hope that these skills will enable me to establish The Type Archive as a working type foundry, able to cast revivals of historic typefaces from our collection of matrices, and to cut matrices for entirely new typefaces.
And, with any luck, I hope I’ll be able to blog about all these things as they become more real. Wish me luck…
No problem at all – it’s good to know that all the buggering about I did with our caster could be of some use. I wasn’t sure those bits of knowledge would ever be used again.
(nb. Ed is now using the same computer system that I use at Hand & Eye. It’s designed and built by Bill Welliver, and replaces the keyboard and paper tape system with a number of computer programs and a USB interface, which passes compressed air to the caster through a series of valves. It’s an enormously powerful and flexible system, and I can’t praise it enough)
The machines themselves aren’t that loud, though they are piercing. Personally, I’ve only ever run one composition caster and one super caster at the same time, but I believe in a room with dozens of them (as used to happen in a number of place, like OUP), I can imagine the noise would be pretty loud.
At Hand & Eye, the real noise comes from the big old beast of an air compressor – my ears were ringing from a day’s casting, and I now wear ear defender whenever I’m using the casters.