A real typefoundry?

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it seems reasonably likely that I will obtain a Monotype Composition Casting Machine in the near future. I dreamed about making type for many years, even before I truly understood what it meant to make type in the traditional, 3-dimensional sense. Then, about 3 years ago, I was afforded an opportunity to spend a few days with Mike Anderson of the At Random Press Typefoundry, where my fate was apparently sealed. Working with the Thompson machine left me hungry for more. Upon Mike’s suggestion I enrolled in Monotype University 5, lead by Rich Hopkins. Here I learned that I could actually manage a composition machine—that it was within my grasp, both intellectually and mechanically. After all, it is a big, heavy, hot, greasy, complicated piece of machinery—especially for a guy who doesn’t make it a habit to change the oil in his own car!

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