I’ve been reflecting on some of the mini-projects it took to get the Orphan Annie working again. These projects, which always are about problem solving and sometimes are also about inventing creative solutions, are as much a part of the “working” aspect of our Foundry museum as are the routine maintenance tasks and machine operation.
What’s in the restoration of a metal type caster? Slow searches through spare parts inventory for just the right wedge or perhaps the least-worn mould. Hot days melting out pots. Some invention, some trial and error, and plenty of head scratching. Discoveries. Lots and lots of fun. We continue to make progress restoring the Orphan […]
The enduring friendship between Chris Stern and Jim Rimmer was sparked not only by proximity of location, but their passion for typography and for letterpress printing. The original Stern & Faye foundry itself wouldn’t have existed without Jim’s generosity and inspiration. He helped Chris to restore the Orphan Annie sorts caster that we are currently […]