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M & H is pleased to be hosting the 2018 American Typecasting Fellowship Conference, August 23–26, at our facilities in San Francisco. This page will be updated with further information as the date draws nearer.
ATF 2018 Program
40 Years of ATF: Continuing the Tradition
Welcome to the fortieth anniversary conference of the American Typecasting Fellowship. A lot has changed from back when this group first met in Terra Alta, WV, in 1978. One of the biggest topics back then was where to find equipment and what to look out for. There still were plenty of shops in their final stages willing to sell equipment at bargain-basement prices to whomever was interested.
These days our focus is more on running and maintaining the equipment we are lucky enough to have. That said, there’s still great opportunity at an ATF Conference to talk about what you have, what you want, and how to fix it. All along ATF’s strongest emphasis has been on USING equipment—not just collecting it so it can sit in the garage gathering dust. This year’s meeting at M&H will provide the greatest possible opportunity for you to view equipment, see it running, and talk at length to people who know how to maintain and run the equipment.
Nowhere else in the world will you have such an opportunity to be in the presence of so many individuals experienced in the craft—and delighted to talk about it. So roll up your sleeves, open your ears, and lets get casting! There’s no better way for us all to buy into our unofficial slogan: “Continuing the tradition.”
Wednesday, August 22
The day is intended for those who wish to come early and settle in for the upcoming events. Plan on arriving in the afternoon. The ATF Hospitality Room will be set up at the Hilton Garden Inn from 6–9pm. This is an opportunity to get together, arrange carpooling, rideshares and taxis during the conference itself, and signup for Sunday’s BBQ shuttle service.
Thursday, August 23 : Technical Sessions
The Technical Sessions will be held at M&H Type. Pre-registration is required.
Technical Session #1: 9a – 12 noon
4p – 5:30p : Letterform Archive
7p – 10p : The Box SF
Friday, August 24
Today’s events will take place at M&H Type in the beautiful Presidio in San Francisco. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered attendees.
8a – 9a : Welcome Breakfast
9a – 9:30a : How Modern CNC Can Merge With 15th Century Technology
9:30a – 10a : How Can We Preserve and Share the Skills We Need for Typecasting
10a – 10:30a : How to Turn A Composition Caster Into Display Caster
10:30a – 11a : Coffee Break
11a – 11:30a : The new ATF (Antwerpen Type Foundry)
11:30a – 12 noon : The Benton Matrix Engraving Machine
12 noon – 12:30p : A Photographic Excursion to Typecasting Treasures
12:30p – 1:30p : Lunch
1:30p – 2:00p : Learning the Thompson Caster
2p – 2:30p : The Pantograph Demythologized
2:30p – 3p : A Trilogy of Type
Dinner will be on your own. There are a plethora of options in the neighborhood.
Saturday, August 25
All events will be held at M&H Type. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the day’s events attendees will be encouraged to disperse and rest up before the evening’s banquet.
8:30a – 9:30a : Continental Breakfast
9:30a – 11a : The Who, What, When, Where, & Why of M&H Type
11a – 12 noon : Break/Open House with Lunch
12 noon – 1:30p : Swap Meet
1:30p – 3p : Annual ATF Auction
7p – 9p : Annual ATF Banquet
Sunday, August 26
11a – 4p : Open House and BBQ
Hilton Garden Inn
Patrick Reagh Printers
The Box SF