Archives for December 2011

Hamilton Wood Type Preserves a Magnificent Print

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wis.

This week I dragged my husband and son out of our holiday hibernation and up to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

What a cool place!

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wis.

The museum is located in an age-old manufacturing plant used by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company, now known as Thermo Scientific. The building is as interesting as the wood type.

Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Wooden letters are everywhere! The museum has 1.5 million pieces of wood type in more than 1,000 styles and sizes. It also has an amazing collection of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s.

pantograph at Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Back in the day, type cutters used this pantograph router to cut new letters while tracing an old letter. Hamilton manufactured wood type until the late 1980s.

Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Hamilton made the drawer pulls too. Aren’t they a wonderful contrast to the modern label-maker strips?

Letterpress ink at Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

 Ink and supplies from the old days.

Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

The museum’s 40,000 square feet is packed with antique machinery — presses, sanders and so much more. They’re beautiful.

lithograph machine at Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Lithograph printing: An era that followed letterpress.

Learn letterpress at Hamilton Wood Type & Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Hamilton offers letterpress seminars and opportunities to use its equipment. I’m so planning to sign up for a class!

Artists customarily leave a sample of their work so the museum walls are truly a gallery. Aren’t they fun?

Letterpress blocks, Hamilton Wood Type & Museum

Wood Type: I think they’re so beautiful! Their use in letterpress is such an important part of our printing history, and, interestingly, it’s an art form being revitalized today.

Thanks Hamilton Wood Type & Museum for making this happen!



Holiday Gratitude and Good Wishes

Merry Christmas from Adunate!

This holiday season brings so much to be thankful for. I’m especially appreciative to everyone who has granted me the honor of working with you this year. It’s been great!

To all—May God be with you at Christmastime and the coming New Year!


The Power of A 400-Year Old Masterpiece

King James BibleOn Christmas Eve my family reads Luke 2, the story of Jesus’ birth. We read it from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) because of it’s graceful, poetic language. It’s the Bible of my childhood.

It’s not that I’m old or anything, but this year the KJV is celebrating its 400th anniversary. In four centuries, has there been any other book that has communicated so much to so many people? I think not.

According to National Geographic, in its December 2011 story (that National Geographic does such a piece says so much), the KJV was used by every U.S. President to swear his oath of office. It’s also the Bible of choice for the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, who married Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The National Geographic story is interesting. It tells of the tedious work of translating Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into an English language that even the common man could understand. It also points out the many KJV phrases that are classic to our language still today; phrases like “A man after his own heart,” or “Turned the world upside down,” or “From time to time.”

Here’s another interesting link on the KJV. It’s an illustration put by the University of Leicester and it compares the Gothic Blackletter font used in the original 1611 edition to the Roman font used today. Even the layout in Roman looks somewhat outdated by today’s print standards, doesn’t it?

Nowadays, the New International Version of the Bible (NIV) has replaced the King James Bible. Yes, it’s a more contemporary style of English, and, yes, it’s easier for most of us to understand. But for Christmas— for that beautiful story of Jesus birth—I still love the old way of doing things.

I love reading Luke 2 from the King James Bible.

Mascarpone Does More Than Make a Good Tiramasu


Yesterday I had an interesting phone conversation with Alise Sjostrom. She’s the marketing coordinator for Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and she’s doing an amazing job promoting their products on the internet. In fact, solely because of her recent Facebook comments, I bought one of their gift packages for my parents.

I also made this awesome tiramisu.

Let me momentarily digress to the tiramisu. I know this isn’t food photography at its best, but this is all that was leftover from my dinner party the night before. Let me tell you, the tiramisu was awesome. I made it from a recipe on this Italian Dessert blog. I even made my own lady finger cookies, also from the blog. Let me repeat, it was awesome.

Certainly much of my tiramisu success came from using an award-winning mascarpone cheese, which takes me back to Alise Sjostrom and the Crave Brothers.

Alise joined Crave Brothers this past year and has really taken off with their social media marketing.

“Crave Brothers had started social media before, but didn’t use it to its full potential,” says Alise. “I previously worked for a cheese company in Vermont where much of my time focused on social media and website management.

“Social media has given Crave Brothers’ marketing more bulk. We’ve simply added it to the marketing we already were doing. The only cost has been time. I have the tools to have it (the internet) up all the time and I work social media in throughout the day while I’m doing other things.”

I like Alise’s approach. She wants to educate people on agriculture and cheese, and she wants to bring them together with her posts on Facebook, Twitter, a blog and an e-newsletter, all of which draw people to their website.

“My focus is to be very real,” says Alise. “Real time on what’s really happening. I feel people want to connect with us and know what we’re doing. They love to talk about food and are looking for ideas. Social media makes it easier, since otherwise it would be difficult because we don’t have our own retail store.”

She’s right. People do want to connect. We want to feel like we’re “part of the club.” Last week I felt just that when I commented to Crave Brothers’ Facebook post about tiramisu.

And then I went out and bought two tubs of their mascarpone cheese.

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