Mill / In summer 2013, I traveled through eight national parks across the United States. This is a contemporary wood type I designed cut and printed with as part of that experience. You can find a website dedicated to the entire project here.

Planning / I wanted to create a typeface that sat between traditional type and contemporary media. It is styled it after classic American wood type with a thin face and fatter serifs.While doing the initial sketches. I knew I wanted to cut the typeface using a single bit on a CNC mill. This added a couple constraints to my type. For one, all the inside corners needed the same radius. I had to do away with any sharp inside corners. I designed the typeface in Robofont so I have a working .otf file as well as the wood type.

Mill Condensed Sketches Mill in RoboFont

Cutting / When setting up my file for cutting, I spaced everything as tight as possible to maximize the amount of letters, while still allowing the bit to pass between them. I bought the raw lumber and cut and surfaced it down to the 0.918 in needed for type high on the press. After I had it machined, I took it into the wood shop and cut the letters apart on the bandsaw. After some light sanding to get rid of the burrs, my type was ready to finish with a couple coats of Bullseye Shellac and some light sanding.

Layout for Machining Isometric Letter CNC layout MILL deburring letters finishing

Printing / For the maiden print I created a phrase related to each of the eight National Parks I visited as part of my thesis project. If you are interested in purchasing an original limited signed edition print contact me and let me know which one you would prefer.

alphabet Shenandoah National Park Yellowstone National Park Kings Canyon National Park Grand Tetons National Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Assateague Island National Seashore Sequoia National Park