Raymond Stanley Nelson, Jr.
formerly of the Smithsonian,
is a punchcutter, mold maker, and type founder.
He is probably the greatest living authority on the
type founder's hand mold.
References on CircuitousRoot:
"Mould Making, Matrix Fitting, and Hand Casting."
Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter, 1985): 106-120.
This article, reprinted with Stan's kind permission,
remains the best source in English for information on the
construction of the 18th century French-style type founder's hand mold.
On making brass matrices from lead intermediate strikes, in the chapter
"Early Methods for Large Matrices", in the CircuitousRoot "book"
This includes a photograph that I took of a stunningly beautiful
display case with a 72 point punch and a set of matrices and
types illustrating a reconstruction of an early method of
making very large matrices by hand.
- Saxe, Stephen O.
"Following Isaiah Thomas: Casting Sorts in a Composing Stick."
The APHA [American Printing History Association] Newsletter.
No. 78 (July/August 1987): 1-2.
This is an illustrated account by Saxe of Stan Nelson's method
of improvised type casting using a (metal) composing stick
for most of the mold.
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