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A burly wood type design kickin’ up some dust on the old trail. This is an all caps corral – however some unicase and rough & tumble alternates seem to have stowed away in the back of them there parts.


Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 9th october 2010
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 9th october 2010
Jaw-dropping. 10/10!
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Comment by fugitiveglue 9th october 2010
WOW!!! Lovely small indents and stuff. This is wonderful!!
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Comment by djnippa 9th october 2010
Love the unsettling asterisk!
Comment by riccard0 9th october 2010
I'm jalous of this one ;) ha! man this is a masterpiece!
Bravo! I'm a big fan of western font, and this one is realy great.
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 9th october 2010
what can we say, except that every single piece you publish here is (and should be, if it isn't yet) a top pick and a featured font?
Comment by laynecom 9th october 2010
Thank you kindly for all the sweet words and hootin’ and hollerin’. : )

Credit’s due to Mr. Retro for their phenomenal Permanent Press photoshop filter used in quickly roughing up the first sample. The effect can be even more impressive (no pun intended) with a little more elbow grease. Thalamic, on the other hand, truly went the extra mile with his fs ooki woodcut prints, so my hat’s off to him.

The Hamilton Wood Type Museum and Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection deserve a couple nods each for offering reams of inspiration, historical background and reference material. Nick Sherman’s Intercut Wood Typeface Project schooled me and still breathes life into the dream that I might someday make Stampede! into functional wood type. Great reading, fontstructors; Nick even explores the modularity of wood type design.

Until then, I’ll save up my bits for wrangling a copy of Typeface, a documentary about the HWTM and how a small, dedicated set is keeping this very analog craft alive. A dream of visiting Wisconsin seems just a bit more within reach...
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 9th october 2010
Does anyone know what the rules are with making changes on competition fonts, after the deadline? I'd like to add the lowercase & numerals to one of my fonts, but I'm unsure it might nullify the entry.
Comment by djnippa 10th october 2010
@djnippa we didn't write a rule about that and i'm sure we won't nullify any entries, but it would be helpful if people did not make significant changes to their entries until judging is over on friday.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 10th october 2010
In the interest of transparency, here is a complete list of changes I made. They’re minor, to be sure:

• fixed serif weight for fourth alternate A and X
• tweaked bracketing for H
• added alternate Z in lowercase
• modified tilde and added ñ


• alt A, H updated, and alt Z added to sample/s

However small the changes, I should have made them to a clone and waited patiently until after the judging/favoriting results are in. It doesn’t matter that I don’t think these tweaks will sway the competition result in my favor. I can’t even excuse myself as being bad at following rules, as there are none! Perfectionism be damned, sorry for the selfish decision.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 10th october 2010
this is a masterpiece. i'm a sucker for western fonts. this really takes advantage of all that FS offers in the hands of a resourceful and consummate designer. i will follow the links you provided as i'm always looking for new inspiration. western fonts really intrigue me. this is a treat beyond compare.
Comment by funk_king 11th october 2010
Maravillosa-Wonderful font! How full of detail and harmony, how subtle and loud at the same time, and the beautiful variations of the lower case... I take off my hat to you.
Comment by elmoyenique 11th october 2010
Thanks, guys! :) I have always been quite smitten with the curved bricks and the challenge of using them at maximum scale. When all the details finally come together, often after seemingly impassable heights, it is one of those “riding off into the sunset” moments.

I decided to go for it armed only with total confidence in creating that most important juncture of the letter ‘B’. My compadres in this effort are of course the new arcs and their composite brethren. The whole parade would fall flat on its face after quickly getting bucked from the bronco without their steadying hand.

@funk_king: I really hope you enjoy those links. Many of the type specimens will be familiar based on the range of digitizations and the many older classics that were cut as wood type. Still, I think it’s pretty damn cool to see them cataloged in all their analog glory. And highly educational. So many antique/antiquated details are simply lost in their modern incarnations, and the charming texture and imperfections of real wood type prints can only be simulated so well. Regarding letterpress – and this is across the typographic board – I am not alone in recognizing it’s a train the electronic revolution never caught.

My only disappointment here is that I could not find anything really compelling to see or share on how to operate a wood type-cutting pantograph. I intend to pick up the Typeface documentary to see more – or better yet, start saving up for that road trip to Wisconsin! :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 12th october 2010
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Stampede!” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 20th october 2010
I came back on this font because this is a real PIECE OF ART.

One of the strongest comtemporary wood type work I've seen recently.

BRAVO Will.i

I had the chance to see the movie TYPEFACE on a big screen here in Montreal last year... Every font lover should see it even if your not a wood type fan.
Comment by Michel Troy ~UrbanPixel~ (Upixel) 20th october 2010
Anyone who doesn't fall in love with this had better check their pulse.
Comment by fugitiveglue 21st october 2010


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