Type isn't all that easy to come across these days. You can still buy new type from a hand full of dedicated foundries, but still it's hard to come by.
In Cape Dorset, there is a veritable ton of type. I think that's what keeps the building from blowing away in the arctic blizzards we get … the type and the huge machinery spread out over the floor space.
There is a story that Charlie Pachter brought some of the type to Cape Dorset, or at least arranged to have it shipped (conversation with Father Ryan). He was a lithographer from Toronto who came up to Dorset in 1972. Having spoken with Terry again, he said that Charlie only managed to remain in Dorset for 3 days. Apparently Charlie sold a press to Terry, as well as some type, which Wil described as "circus type". Charlie had collaborated with Margaret Atwood to print one of her poems and had designed the type for that project. To my knowledge there is none of this type still in Kinngait Studios, though I would love to see it.
In the above photo and the one below, behind both Simionie and Pia you can see what looks to be metal type cases. The ones that remain here today are the cases to the right of Simionie. Those four cases hold a lot of type and I expect when Wil left he took those with him and the type stored within.
As mentioned previously, Wil painted his spacing material so it would be easily recognizable in the drawer. "Wil said the yellow ones are 5mm; the red are 3-4mm and the non coloured ones are 3mm. Wil concluded with, "yes these are the ones I worked with, I colour coded them"
(email Barbara Aguero May 5 2013)
Another quote from Crispin Elsted of Babarian Press;
In the post about the Kananginak calendar, I wondered where the font Hadriano came from. Obviously Wil had it in Dorset and brought it back to Vancouver.
Syllabic type samples
This is a sample of what we have. Each of the characters is limited. Some are caked with ink and/or damaged by attempts to modify them for use as printers' chops. The wadded up archival tissue is to allow the face to be seen without having to remove the sample.