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Gravers & Files—The lost art of type punch cutting

Riccardo Sartori

Canadian designer Carl Dair’s film on the lost art of type punch cutting. Initiated by Rod McDonald and Sheridan College in Canada, and narrated by Matthew Carter, this 45-minute film was made in 1957 when Carl Dair studied type making under master letter-engraver P. H. Rädisch at the Joh. Enschedé en Zonen Type Foundry in Holland. After Dair’s death, the film was archived for almost 60 years before Carter and McDonald became aware of it and agreed that it was an important part of typographic history and should be restored. 


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Hello. Tank you very much for this video presentation. This a very rare occasion to have the opportunity to see this wonderfull kind of documentation on punch cutting technics. Also many tanks to Matew Carter to talk generously of his own experience.

It really was a great pleasure to look at this. 

Henri-Paul Bronsard

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This documentary is exceptional! Such an insightful and inspiring video. Fantastic to see the process and also to have Carter's point of view.

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Looks like it was taking down intentionally without any replacements. You might try contacting Rod McDonald about the reasons and possible plans for the future. 

Apparently the only other way to get the video currently is with this book

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