Virgin Wood Type in association with the P22 Type Foundry announces the release of a completely new wooden version of the Czech Modernist font Preissig Scrape. The digital version of Pressig Scrape and the Czech Modernist font set will be available from the P22 Type Foundry at a 25% discount for the month of March 2011. Preissig Scrape is an entirely new typeface that has never been offered in wood before. What follows is a brief description of how I converted the digital font to the master patterns that I use to cut the wood type.
I obtained the digital font from Rich Kegler from the P22 Type Foundry, loaded it on my Macintosh and using InDesign software laid out the alphabet on two 15″ x 30″ pages at around 400 points—the idea was to produce masters that measured 4″ from the top of the tallest letter to the bottom of the lowest descender. I then selected all of the type and gave it a fill of “none” and a 1/4 point outline using black. The pdf export file was sent to Creative Plastics to be cut into 1/8″ baltic birch plywood.
On the back of the freshly cut patterns (you could still smell the burning of the laser) I found the baselines of the letters and the top and bottom of the pattern blocks and lined up a 4″ pine board across each row of letters. Each letter is then fastened to the pine board using a brad nailer.
The attached patterns removed from the birch plywood.The masters cut into individual blocks.“A” pattern mounted in the pantograph for tracing.A blurry photo of the cutting side of the pantograph.A complete 10 Line 3A font!