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last update: 7/5/17.

These are just links I happened to accumulate. I have made no attempt at completeness in any area. With regard to suppliers, expecially, no endorsement is implied by the presence of a link here. I’ve done no more than look at many of these sites. I haven’t knowingly including links to anything dubious or not worthwhile. Corrections, updates, suggestions, and notices of dead links are welcome.


MINNESOTA & UPPER MIDWEST
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Organizations   People & Studios/Shops   Supplies


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GENERAL BOOK ARTS   


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LETTERPRESS & TYPE
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Organizations & Institutions    Informational Sites    Printing Shops & People
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Metal Type Foundries    Supplies


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DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY


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BOOKBINDING, CONSERVATION, PAPER
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Organizations & Institutions    Informational Sites    Bookbinders    Supplies


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WOODWORKING, METAL & MISC. FABRICATION, SPECIALTY TOOLS
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Organizations & Information     General & Misc. Tools
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Woodworking Tools     Cutting Tools, Sharpening
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Files, Rasps, Material Shaping    Materials
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Leatherwork (other than bookbinding)     Tool Storage




 

 

MINNESOTA & UPPER MIDWEST


ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONS

Minnesota Center For Book Arts (MCBA)
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Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 1.5 Million Pieces of Wood Type.
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University of Iowa Center for the Book
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The Ampersand Club

PEOPLE & STUDIOS / SHOPS

Nomadic Press Kent Aldrich. Fine Commercial Letterpress Printing
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Abigail Woods Anderson Printmaker, painter.
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Angel Bomb Press
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Theresa Angelo Graphic Design Production, Book Binder.
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Sheila Asato.
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Anna Bredeson Letterpress printmaker and installation artist.
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Laura Brown Printmaker, book artist.
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Megan E. Burke Illustration & design.
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The Campbell-Logan Bindery (also some supplies)
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Coffee House Press
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Jim Daggs / Ackley Publishing Co. Iowa.    Shop pics on Don Black’s site.
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Cave Paper | Amanda Degener & Bridget O’Malley.
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Jeff Dahlin, E&L Bindery. Also at the print shop at the Renaissance Faire.
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James C. Dast, Bookseller, Madison, WI. (Books about book arts, among other things.)
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Mark Digre. Associated with the Minnesota Newspaper Museum. Also Twin City Antiquarian Books.
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Jon Drew Platen Press Equipment, Instruction
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Ellen Ferrari Preschool art education.
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Georgia Greeley | Artichoke Press.
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Heather Fletcher Marbled paper, fabrics, decor.
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Hamilton Ink Spot (Saint Paul) Gallery & studio. (Facebook page.)
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Mary Hark Papermaking and paper art.
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Susan Hensel Gallery and studio.
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Emily Hoisington Printmaking.
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Tim Holter. Intertype linecasting.
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Marnie Karger Multiple media, paper art.
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Michelle Lee Lagerroos Screenprint artist & graphic designer.
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Monica Edwards Larson | Sister Black Press.
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LegUp Printmaking Studio
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Erin Maurelli Printmaking, letterpress, and book arts.
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Bill Myers Wood engraving, letterpress.
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Paul Nylander Printmaking, book arts, photography. Information design site.
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Molly Poganski Letterpress & Design
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Sally Power Marbling, box making.
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Western Slope Bindery: Jana Pullman.    Blog.
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Erica Spitzer Rasmussen Mixed media and handmade paper garments.
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Paulette Myers-Rich | Traffic Street Press.
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Rulon-Miller Books Rare and fine books, including many examples of fine printing.
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Regula Russelle Limited edition books and prints, paper vessels, book-inspired sculptural pieces, installations.
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Dennis Ruud Bookbinding & calligraphy, and tools for both.
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Midnight Paper Sales, Gaylord Schanilec.
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Wilber Schilling | Indulgence Press Book arts, custom letterpress printing.
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Daniel Schneider, Industrial Archeologist & Letterpress Printer. Michigan Technological University. Daniel was working on the die-stamping machines at Hamilton in 2015.
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CB Sherlock | Seymour Press Printmaking, book arts, small edition books.
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Spark Letterpress / letterpresslove.com
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Roslyn Stendahl Graphic designer, illustrator, teaching.
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Richard Stephens | Supersession Press.
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Jody Williams | Flying Paper Press Book artist, printmaker, teacher and writer.
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Karen Wirth Artist’s books, sculpture, public art, and critical writing.
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Jason Yoh. Letterpress printing.

SUPPLIES

Wet Paint Artists’ Materials & Framing (St. Paul, MN).
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Minnesota Center For Book Arts (MCBA) shop.
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Perfection Type. Paul Frank. Presses and shop supplies.
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Cave Paper
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AnchorPaper.com
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Great Northern Printers’ Fair. Annual; includes stuff for sale, and exhibits. The 2016 fair will be September 16–17, combined with a Ladies of Letterpress event running from the 14th to the 18th. It’s in Mt. Pleasant, IA (about 60 mi. S of Cedar Rapids). The fair’s permanent home is in Printers’ Hall, on the grounds of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, also home to heritage museums and related attractions.
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Veberod Gem Gallery Jewelry-making supplies & tools. Some tools are of interest for book arts and small metalworking projects. Good cheap pin vises. (Minnetonka, near Ridgedale.)

 


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GENERAL BOOK ARTS


ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONS

Minnesota Center For Book Arts (MCBA)
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San Francisco Center for the Book.
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New York Center for Book Arts.
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Book Arts LA Los Angeles.
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Philadelphia Center for the Book.
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Booklyn “artist-run artist and bookmakers organization”.

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Fine Press Book Association.

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University of Iowa Center for the Book

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*** Philobiblion list of book arts organizations. LOTS of links.


INFORMATIONAL SITES

See also Organizations & Institutions, above.


Philobiblion / Book Arts Web. Bookbinding, papermaking, etc. LOTS of links.
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Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

INDUSTRIAL GRAPHIC ARTS

WhatTheyThink.com Printing Industry News, Commentary & Analysis.

 


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LETTERPRESS & TYPE

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Minnesota Center For Book Arts (MCBA)
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University of Iowa Center for the Book
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Cary Graphic Arts Collection Rochester Institute of Technology

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Ladies of Letterpress “an international trade organization for letterpress printers and print enthusiasts.”
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Amalgamated Printers’ Association An organization composed of letterpress printing enthusiasts.
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American Amateur Press Association Resources for Letterpress Printers
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American Typecasting Fellowship. If they have a website, I can’t find it. Their newsletter is published by Rich Hopkins. Here’s the CircuitousRoot page on the organization. Bi-annual meetings are the main activity. Not limited to casting.
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The Type Heritage Chapel Research and revivals of pre-digital typefaces.
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The American Printing History Association “a membership organization that encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing.”

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Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 1.5 Million Pieces of Wood Type.
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Bowne & Co. Museum
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C.C. Stern Type Foundry: The Museum of Metal Typography
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The Museum of Printing North Andover, Massachusetts
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The International Printing Museum (Carson, CA, Los Angeles area.)

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British Letterpress “A UK-centric view of letterpress printing.”
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Let­ter­press Alive
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Metal Type UK Includes the The Whittaker Linecaster Collection
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The Type Archive (UK) Holds typefounding materials from major British foundries, and from Monotype.

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Association of European Printing Museums
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Tipoteca Italiana (Treviso)
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Familia Plómez Letterpress organization, Madrid, Spain.
 

INFORMATIONAL SITES

See also Organizations & Institutions, above.

Briar Press A letterpress community.
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Letterpress Commons Sharing letterpress printing knowledge.

Paul Moxon: Vandercook Proof Press Information
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Paul Moxon, Fameorshame.com Includes many links.
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The Alembic Press. Lots of information, including:
    Comprehensive page on typecase lays.
    U.S. Monotype faces list page
    British Monotype series numbers page
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Circuitous Root Lots of information, including:
    type collections.
    Foundries: historic.
    List of All Type Specimen and Matrix Information on CircuitousRoot.
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Wood Type Research: David Shields.
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The Type Heritage Project.
    “The original mission of The Type Heritage Project [THP] was to discover and document, in a series of scholarly textbooks, the sources of existing digital display fonts originally designed between c1800 and World War I. ... Everyone interested in research and/or revivals of pre-digital types is cordially invited to view discussions and attachments.”
    forums (“The Chapel”) of The Type Heritage Project. “This Chapel is a ‘virtual hangout’ that connects revival developers and researchers with THP, with each other, and with like-minded folks.”
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British Letterpress “A UK-centric view of letterpress printing.”
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Metal Type (UK). Note the Library page, with many PDFs, including much information on casting machinery, including downloadable manufacturer documentation.
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Luc Devroye. Lots of information about type.
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Typefoundry: Documents for the History of Type And Letterforms.
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Monotype casting information
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Linotype: The Film

 

PRINTING SHOPS & PEOPLE

Nomadic Press Kent Aldrich. Fine Commercial Letterpress Printing
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Angel Bomb Press Minneapolis.
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Jim Daggs / Ackley Publishing Co. Iowa. Shop pics on Don Black’s site.
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Firefly Letterpress (Boston.) (They have Monotype & Linotype casters; no mention of font sales.)
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Rich Hopkins Monotype guru.
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Keystone Letterpress
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Lead Graffiti Letterpress, metal & wood type, Intertype (Linotype). (Newark, DE.)
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Midnight Paper Sales, Gaylord Schanilec.
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Paul Moxon, Fameorshame.com Includes many links.
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Spark Letterpress / letterpresslove.com
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Swamp Press Press and Monotype foundry.
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Whittington / Nomad Letterpress (UK) Monotype (press & foundry).
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Rebecca Chamlee, Pie In The Sky Press, Simi Valley, CA.
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The Happy Dragons Press (UK) Private Press Poetry
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Stern & Faye. Washington State. Letterpess printing, bookbinding. Monotype casting, but no type sales except local.
 

METAL TYPE FOUNDRIES
(plus some wood type & other sources for type)

M & H Type Letterpress type and fonts.   Article on the foundry.
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Letterpress et al Metal foundry type.
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Dale Guild Foundry Type at NA Graphics
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Skyline Type Foundry
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Swamp Press Press and Monotype foundry. Northfield, MA.
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C.C. Stern Type Foundry Portland, Oregon.
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Don Black All sorts of equipment & machinery, supplies, and lots of type (including new foundry type). Not just linecasting, by any means. Toronto.

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letterpreservation Not the usual Ebay vendor. They seem to be knowledgable and respected specialists, selling type and supplies.

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Whittington / Nomad Letterpress (UK) Monotype (press & foundry).
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Letterpress Works The Hell-Box Letter Foundry

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Schriftgießerei Rainer Gerstenberg Foundry type.

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List of currently active foundries CircuitousRoot page.

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Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum 1.5 Million Pieces of Wood Type
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Virgin Wood Type.

 

SUPPLIES

(see Foundries, above, for type suppliers)
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Books

See the Books & Resources section on the Books page.
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General Supplies

Perfection Type (Minneapolis.) Paul Frank. Presses and shop supplies.
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Jon Drew (Minneapolis.) Platen press equipment, instruction
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NA Graphics Letterpress, type, and printing supplies. They purchased the ATF inventory, Vandercook, etc.
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American Printing Equipment & Supply Co. Wide range of letterpress, finishing, and bookbinding supplies and machinery, but no type or spaces anymore. In business since 1932; their catalogs were familiar sights in the shops I once worked in. “A division of American Wood Type Mfg.,” but no wood type for sale anymore either.
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Badger Graphic Sales offset, screen printing (lots), finishing, type gauges; less of: other letterpress, hot stamping type, bookbinding.
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Bieler Press: also sells letterpress equipment.
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Don Black All sorts of equipment & machinery, supplies, and lots of type (including new foundry type). Not just linecasting, by any means. Toronto.
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McClain’s. Printmaking supplies. (Including engraving tools & accessories, inks, brayers.)
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Hicks Brothers—Used Printing Equipment. Fremont, CA.
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letterpreservation Not the usual Ebay vendor. They seem to be knowledgable and respected specialists, selling type and supplies.
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theprintershelper on eBay. May also be worth a look. Some metal fonts.
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The Excelsior Press Museum, working print shop; sells equipment & supplies. New Jersey.
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Letterpress Things Equipment & supplies. Also information about presses. Chicopee, MA
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Lithco, Inc. Distributor of printing, finishing, & imaging supplies, accessories, and equipment. (Looks like no letterpress, but still things of interest.)
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Java Cycles: Letterpress Printing Machinery. A scooter dealership in Georgia that has some presses, etc. for sale.
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Conrad Machine Co. Etching and Lithographic Printmaking Presses.
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Letterpress supplies in UK: Alembic Press links page.

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Gaebel Stainless Steel Rulers The household name in type shop pica gauges.
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Hand-Eye Supply Tools, Books & Clothing for Practical Purposes. Gaebel pica sticks.

 


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DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY

Just a few miscellaneous links I happen to have.


FOUNDRIES AND DEALERS

Adobe now seems to sell their fonts through Fontspring.
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Monotype.
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Linotype (now a library under the Monotype umbrella)
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Fontspring. Sells fonts from many digital foundries.
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MyFonts Sells fonts; also much information about typefaces.
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P22 Type Foundry Among other things, they offer digital fonts of faces from the Hamilton Wood type Museum.
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URW German foundry. (English site).    German site.
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Berthold Font Store Digital successor to important German metal foundry.
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other foundry links pages and directories:

Digital Type Foundries list David Airey, graphic designer

FONT-CREATION SOFTWARE & RELATED TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Fontlab Font creation software.
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Unicode Home Page
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decodeunicode.org
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Damien G some digital type tech notes by a senior IT person.
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Languages in type:

Gentium | SIL International Gentium is a very fine free font, providing an exceptionally complete character set in Latin, Cyrillic and Greek alphabets.
    Also from SIL: ScriptSource “A dynamic, collaborative reference to the writing systems of the world, with detailed information on scripts, characters, languages—and the remaining needs for supporting them in the computing realm.”
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Cercurius Fonts, languages in type, keyboards, printing history

INFORMATIONAL SITES

Typophile “Where designers connect.” Forums, news, etc. The Wiki has some information on digital foundries and other topics. As with all designer-oriented media, there’s a lot of input from people who know far less than they think they do.

 


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BOOKBINDING, CONSERVATION, PAPER


ORGANIZATIONS

Philobiblion / Book Arts Web. Bookbinding, papermaking, etc. Many links.

INFORMATIONAL SITES

Bonefolder Bonefolder (2004–2012) was a journal for bookbinders. Their archives are downloadable from the site linked here.
    Bonefolder Extras continues to publish timely notices and reviews.
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Philobiblion tutorials
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Multilingual Bookbinding Dictionary
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The Pressbengel Project: Exploring German bookbinding traditions and more...
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Eden Workshops (UK)
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Jeff Peachey Bookbinder and conservator; bookbinding and conservation tools. Very interesting blog.

BOOKBINDERS

Western Slope Bindery: Jana Pullman.    Blog.
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Dennis Ruud Bookbinding & calligraphy, and tools for both.
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The Campbell-Logan Bindery (also some supplies)
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Eden Workshops (UK)
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Mechling Bookbinders Workshop
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Jeff Peachey Bookbinder and conservator; bookbinding and conservation tools.
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Shepherd’s (Sangorski & Sutcliffe): Bookbinding & supplies.
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Book Island, Juliayn Coleman Blog.
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Henry Hébert

SUPPLIES

Books

See the Books & Resources section on the Books page.
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General & Misc. Supplies (see also Tools, below)

Wet Paint: Artists’ Materials, including bookbinding supplies and papers.
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Hollanders Decorative papers and bookbinding supplies.
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Talas. Comprehensive product range, excellent customer service. Product listings very informative on the needed technical information. In my own experience, where tools and mechanical stuff are concerned, you can sometimes do better elsewhere, for quality, price, or both.
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John Neal Books and supplies for calligraphy and bookbinding.
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Printed Matter Major artist’s bookstore; New York.
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Lineco Bookbinding, Framing, Photo Storage, Scrapbooking, etc. Supplies
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Shepherd’s (Sangorski & Sutcliffe): Bookbinding & supplies.

mainly conservation and library supplies:
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archival.com Conservation products and materials.
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Gaylord Archival Conservation supplies and furniture for libraries and museums.
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Conservation Resources International Supplies.
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Brodart Library Supplies
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The Library Store Archival Supplies, Media Storage, Acid Free, Photo Storage, Book Storage
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Tools (see also General & Misc. Supplies, above, and Leather Tooling, below)

Jeff Peachey Bookbinder and conservator; bookbinding and conservation tools.
    Towards a Type Study of Stanley 151 Spokeshaves | jeff peachey
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How to modify a Spokeshave J Hewit & Sons Ltd.
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C.S. Osborne Industrial, Hand and Leather Tools
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Eden Workshops (UK and/or France)
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Dimitri Koutsipetsidis (Athens) Bookbinding Corner Blog. Etsy page. (Some content in Greek, some in English.) Bindings and binder’s tools, including fine and beautiful typeholders, band nippers, and tooling tools, for the price of far inferior tools sold elsewhere. Professional and reliable—I’ve bought from him.
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Bookbinder’s paring knife by Tasai A custom, Japanese-craftsman-made knife, to hang on the wall under your priceless 200-year-old samurai sword. A western bookbinder’s paring knife resembles a traditional Japanese woodworker’s marking knife.
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Mechling Bookbinders Workshop
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BookMakers Inc.
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Bindery Tools LLC
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Dennis Ruud Bookbinding & calligraphy, and tools for both.
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Affordable Binding Equipment by Jim Poelstra
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Flitz Premium Polishing Products Goo to put on your strop.
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Shor International Jewelry Polishing Compounds
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SharpeningSupplies.com Strops
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Paper

Cave Paper
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Sally Power Marbled paper, box making.
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Heather Fletcher Marbled paper, fabrics.
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Mary Hark Papermaking and paper art.
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EMI Specialty Papers archival kraft, release paper, archival tissues
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Talas and other general suppliers have lots of papers of all kinds.
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Leather (see also General & Misc. Supplies)

J Hewit & Sons Ltd - Leather Manufacturers and Bookbinding Supplies
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Talas and other general suppliers may also sell leather.
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Hot Stamping & Leather Tooling (see also General & Misc. Supplies)

Badger Graphic Sales offset, letterpress, screen printing, bookbinding, finishing, type gauges, type for hot stamping
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Bell Type & Rule: also hot gold foil stamping, embossing, engraving
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Kwik-Print Stamping supplies, hot foil stamping dies, embossing stamp & hot foil stamping supplies.
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General Graphic Foil stamping type holders and attachments (Kwikprint),
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SLE Hot Printers Kingsley machines, hot stamping
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Fine Imprints Hot stamping foil
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JRR Bookworks Brass Tools
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Ernest Schaefer supplies for bookbinding and gold stamping; zinc & brass type
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brass finishing tools | eBay

 


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WOODWORKING, METAL & MISC. FABRICATION, SPECIALTY TOOLS

Note that the market for old tools is not just based on nostalgia and history. Many old hand tools are significantly better-made than their modern equivalents. In addition to collectible items, craftspeople look for “users” that are often of better quality than current makes, often for the same price (or less, where restoration is needed). This is a mature market, so the people who sell the tools, whether from specialist sites or flea market tables, generally know what their wares are worth, though there may well be room for polite bargaining down from posted prices.

ORGANIZATIONS

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (MWTCA) Began in the Midwest, now the national organization.

INFORMATION

Lost Art Press Woodworking books: history, techniques, philosophy.
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Practical Machinist “Largest Manufacturing Technology Forum on the Web.”
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Chris Schwarz blog Contributing editor to Popular Woodworking magazine, influential craft sage.
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Home Advisor Guide to Home Woodworking Projects A really great collection of links and articles for both beginners and more advanced woodworkers. Includes valuable summaries of basic information (including safety info), lots of good practical tips, some tips on teaching woodworking to kids, and useful and instructive projects for adults and kids. Looks like a great resource for people learning about woodworking, and also for experienced people. Thanks to Dakota for letting me know about this!
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Woodworking Tools & Techniques: General Information

Disstonian Institute.com Online Reference of Disston Saws.

Cabinet scraper use and maintenance:
    TGIAG Toolworks     Woodgears     Woodcraft (YouTube)    
    Rockler     Highland Woodworking

SUPPLIES: TOOLS, MATERIALS, ETC.

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General & Misc. Tools

Minnesota

Ax-Man Surplus.
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Wright County Swappers Meet
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Grainger. General industrial tools and supplies. Quality stuff for professionals; not cheap. Stores everywhere, Minnesota and nationwide; if item not in stock, order to pick up in store.
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Woodcraft Quality woodworking supplies. A national chain with a store in Bloomington (9125 Lyndale Avenue South).
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Veberod Gem Gallery Jewelry-making supplies & tools. Some tools are of interest for book arts and small metalworking projects. Good cheap pin vises. (Minnetonka, across 61 from Ridgedale.)
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Rockler. Good stuff for enthusiasts with money; some available for less elsewhere (e.g., Woodcraft). A Minnesota company, with local stores.
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Jo-Ann Fabrics. Lots of neat small tools in several departments, some for working with paper as well as sewing, beading, and similar crafts. Also, of course, all sorts of fabrics. Some stores (such as Maple Grove) are bigger and better stocked than others (such as Ridgedale).

rest of the world

McMaster-Carr industrial supplies 500,000 products, no order too small. They also give you lots of information you will need (measurements, specs, etc.) about whatever you are looking at—sometimes more info than you’ll find at the manufacturer’s site.
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Klein Tools Well-known maker of general tools.
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Snap-on Tools. Famous high-quality tools, especially for mechanics. Priced accordingly. Not everything they sell is made by them, and quality may vary accordingly–even at top prices.
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Rio Grande Jewelry-making supplies & tools. Some tools are of interest for book arts and small metalworking projects. Good cheap pin vises.
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Otto Frei Jewelry-making tools, findings, and supplies.
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Lakeside Scissor Sales Specialized scissors, hobby tools, etc. Quality can vary, but there’s good stuff for little money. They’ve been at the State Fair, may be regulars for all I know.
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Micro-Mark: Small hobby tools & miniature tools.
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American Science & Surplus: Like the Twin Cities’ Ax-Man. A good place to buy 10x illuminated loupes for much less than the same loupe would cost elsewhere, if you want to read the ATF series numbers stamped on the shoulder below the baselines of the Hs and ms of 6-point type. (The $7 loupe works fine.) Where technical specs matter, they’re knowledgable, informative, and honest.
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Hand-Eye Supply “Tools, Books & Clothing for Practical Purposes.” Gaebel pica sticks.
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The Best Things: connoisseur tools,
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ARTCO American Rotary Tools Company; also hand tools.
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engineersupply.com Engineering supplies, measuring tools, etc.
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The Rust Store “Solutions for All Rust Problems.”
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Woodworking Tools

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Well-known top-quality tools for enthusiasts.
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Lake Erie Toolworks “Traditional Tools For Today's Woodworkers.”
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The Superior Works: Patrick Leach. A famous and highly regarded dealer in used & collectible tools. Lots of information on the site.
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Highland Woodworking.
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Garrett Wade Lots of neat stuff, some of which is available for less elsewhere.
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Blue Spruce Tools.

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Cutting Tools, Sharpening

The woodworking tool dealers, above, also sell lots of sharpening supplies.

Dan’s Whetstone Co. Arkansas stones, etc. I recommend Dan’s as a source for these stones. Arkansas stones are no longer the only option for quality sharpening stones, but they still have a lot going for them, including simplicity of use and low maintenance, advantages that some of the newer alternatives do not have. The white and “translucent” Arkansas stones have as fine a grit as you could ask for. I’m happy with Arkansas stones, diamond sharperners from EZE-Lap (below), sandpaper, and cheap carborundum stones for coarse work.
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Eze-Lap. A wide variety of well-designed diamond and carbide sharpening tools for many, many uses. A number are small, very handy, and quite affordable. I love their Model M and model S pocket sharpeners for on-the-go touch-ups.
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Flitz Premium Polishing Products. Abrasive goo to put on your strop.
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Shor International Jewelry polishing compounds.
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SharpeningSupplies.com Strops.
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Honing Guides by Richard Kell.
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X-ACTO Craft & Office Tools; Knives, Sharpeners, Trimmers.
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Japanese wood working tool shop. Knives.
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Japanese marking knife.

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Files, Rasps, Material Shaping

Grobet USA Mfrs & Distributors: fine (& famous) Swiss files, etc.
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Boggs Tool & File Sharpening Company.
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Future Home of Slav’s Tool Shop. Little on the site right now, not even contact information, and this hasn’t changed in some time. Slav is a legendary dealer of new old stock (NOS) files and rasps. I think he mainly sells at shows, and to addicts who have his phone number. Some of his stock is very old indeed. As with many hand tools, older files are better than new ones of comparable price, cheaper than new ones of comparable quality, and available in a wider range of sizes and styles than either. Slav’s prices are reasonable for the value he gives in merchandise quality, selection, and product knowledge. I’ve had the memorable pleasure of buying some files from him at a toolfest.
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Maine Wood Concepts Current maker of Lutz file handles, famous old shop standards with much to recommend them, including price. The best source is Maine Wood or McMaster Carr; the latter may have more informative lists and about as wide a selection. Others may not sell the full range. Note that file handles are always much too small for the file sizes they’re rated for. Almost all of the tang should be covered by the handle. Measure the maximum tang thickness and the size of the hole in the handle, and buy accordingly. Or for really big files, buy the biggest handle you can. Woodworkers are apt to make their own handles.
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Gold Precision Rasps—Corradi Shop High quality files and rasps.
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Milani Handcut Rasps.
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Willy Vanhoutte. Renzo Milani hand cut rasps.
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ICS Cutting Tools: files page.
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Materials

McMaster-Carr industrial supplies 500,000 products, no order too small.
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Porcupines Unlimited (eBay). Elk bone, etc., from which quality bone tools might be made. (Elk, deer, etc. are said to be superior to the usual cow bone.) Other craft materials, including porcupine quills.
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Leatherwork (other than bookbinding)

C.S. Osborne Industrial Hand and Leather Tools. Old and well-known maker; the tools resold by other dealers are often from Osborne.
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The Leather Guy. Hides, leather supplies, etc. for general leathercrafts.
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Tandy Leather. They have a store in Bloomington, MN.
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Leather Works Minnesota.
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S.B. Foot Tanning Company. Red Wing, MN.
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Tool Storage

Stanley Supply & Services Facom, Kennedy, much else.
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Nite-Ize Tool pouches and various neat practical stuff, maInly for outdoor sports but generally useful.
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Ebay: vintage tool boxes in Tools, Hardware & Locks

 


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