Fantastic Letterpress opportunity

The Annual Wayzgoose of the Amalgamated Printers’ Association is coming up in less than a month at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI (June 19-21)

There is info about it posted in the classifieds section here, and there is still time to register and attend this terrific event. The workshops are not full yet.

Aside from the workshops and fantastic venue, the hallmark of every APA Wayzgoose has been the Saturday morning swap meet. This is an incredible opportunity to pick up a myriade of type, tools, presses, books and just about anything letterpress related - all at generally very reasonable prices. This will be followed by an afternoon auction which is also not to be missed.

The Hamilton Museum moved into an enormous new location (just blocks from the original) last Fall. If you Google Hamilton Wood Type and go to their home page, check out the wealth of photos by clicking the Flickr button at the bottom of the page and start scrolling back through pictures of last Fall’s wayzgoose at this facility.

The APA Wayzgoose location varies from year to year and this year we just happen to be at a premier location. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Rick von Holdt
The Foolproof Press

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OK boys and girls. The APA Wayzgoose is just about here (starts next Thursday) and there is still room for a few dozen more folks. From what I am hearing there will be a LOT of type, materials, and presses at the swap meet on Saturday morning.

If you are relatively new or just starting into letterpress, this is an opportunity to get what you need at very reasonable prices. This is not E-bay but printer-to-printer and many of us are just trying to pass along things to the next generation, much like how we started when the “old timers” at that time were generously passing along their treasures to we who didn’t have much at that time.

I simply see myself as the temporary custodian of all the treasures that I have amassed and hopefully will be around to distribute it all to others in the future.

And, as a bonus for coming, you get to play around in the Hamilton Wood Type Museum AND breathe and speak letterpress with all the other printers gathered there for this annual event (it changes locations each year). I have a lot of ‘stuff’ piled up in my basement that I’ll be loading into my truck next week for the trip to Two Rivers.

This is my last attempt to attract more non-members and newbies to this event. Otherwise it’s pretty much the same annual core of members who show up to trade amongst themselves. The APA Wayzgoose is invariably always one of the highlights of my year.

I look forward to seeing everyone that shows up in Two Rivers next week. I can pretty much guarantee that anyone showing up will not be dissapointed.


Will we get to play with the pantographs?

The Hamilton Museum will have ongoing demonstrations of their pantograph cutting type. I don’t think that they will allow everyone to “play” with the museum’s pantograph unless they already have some serious experience, but I could be wrong on that.

Scott Moore (Moore Wood Type) is also offering workshops on making your own type on a pantograph. One is on Thursday morning and the other is on Friday morning. I believe there are a few openings yet in both of those classes. You WILL be allowed to use his pantograph in those workshops.

You can go to the Hamilton website and get the details at the Wayzgoose site that can be clicked on their home page.

I just don’t know what to say, other than if you are a letterpress printer, this will be just about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.