Testimonials

“Type as Perfect as Man and Machine Can Make It”

The matrices and machinery at Skyline have come down to us from many historic type foundries of the past.  The statement above was the motto of one of these companies.  We enthusiastically embrace this philosophy to which we are heir, and do our best to live up to it.  It’s very rewarding when we receive favorable reviews from our customers.  Vanity has at last overcome modesty, and so this page is set aside for your comments about Skyline Type—and we invite them.

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The type arrived yesterday.  Everything is beautiful.  Thank you for all that you do and I hope to place another order in January.

—L.W., Vermont, 2018

I thought I would send you photos of the parcel that arrived in NZ—AFTER U.S. Customs had opened it!  Don’t worry your packaging protected the contents (as always) DESPITE the US Customs poor repacking. You do a fantastic job of packing.  Thanks for a lovely new pile of type to print with!

—T.R., New Zealand, 2018

I received the fonts safe and sound.  Thank you for a fine product!

—S.D., Texas, 2018

Thank you for the recent order.  It arrived safely yesterday and I was very impressed by the very sturdy packaging.  It was a work of art in itself.  I eagerly look forward to your monthly email of new type and have to resist buying too much.

—J.H., New Zealand, 2018

Type order to hand this morning. Your attention to secure packing is much appreciated, as is your prompt service.

—B.W., Tasmania (Really!), 2018

Just a quick email to let you know both parcels arrived safely & both got caught in customs. Hey ho!  Everything is beautiful as always, can’t wait to ink everything up.
—S.K., England, 2018

I’m really excited about nearly all of your offerings, it was tough to choose. Thank you for your really stellar work with all your types.

—S.W., Wisconsin, 2018

Thank you very much, Sky. My furniture cabinet is now complete and entirely correct down to the last piece. I’ve been using some of the furniture from my previous order. Great stuff!

—J.C., Denver, 2018

I am pleased to say despite the best efforts of Parcelforce to make it otherwise, everything arrived safely yesterday.  Thank you also for being such a thoughtful packer, nothing was going to get damaged in that parcel.
—S.K., England, 2018
Very excited to use the type by the way, looks great, superb casting too.
—T.M., England, 2018

Keep up the good work. You are an important part of keeping hand type composition alive and I love that …

—A.R., New Jersey, 2018

Recently received my first order with you: Collection #6 and am delighted! Beautiful!

—N.V., Tennessee, 2018

Just got the package and I have to say that was the best packing job I have ever seen!!  This [Alpha-Blox] set is beautiful!!  Thanks for all the hard work and I’ll be sure to send you something printed from it.

—N.R., Virginia, 2017

Got the furniture- it is beautiful! Thank You!

—C.L., Pennsylvania, 2017

Yup, they’re here and look terrific. Thank you. Took two days to cut through all your packing, however.  On the other hand, no damage at all. Again, thanks.

—B. B., West Virginia, 2017

I received the fonts. Thank you. They are beautiful.

—S.R., Alaska, 2017

I like your [newfangled] web site, but can truly say that I’ve never had a problem ordering anything from you. Also I’ve never had a problem with anything I’ve purchased from you going back some nine years now. I’m thinking of securing some Cloister Old Style in 18, 24 and 36 point. So I hope you’ll be hearing from me soon. KEEP CASTING.

—G.J., New Orleans, 2017

Thank you! These borders are beautiful. The artist/mother-to-be wept with joy when she received her invitation and I know the proprietors of the lodge will be very happy when they receive their cards as well. I’m so glad to have met you and your foundry at the beginning of my letterpress journey. I’ll be back!

—S.C., California, 2017

I received the package today. Yaaay! Everything looks perfect. The sets are both wonderful and so precious! Thank you for everything! Again, if by any chance you come to Europe do not hesitate to come visit us! We would love to show you around!

—A.T., Vienna, 2017

I’m happy to tell you that your type arrived today, in perfect condition, thanks to military-grade packaging. I could have done with a sapper to open it. I did have to pay a customs charge, but it was small. Everything looks fine.

—J.W., England, 2017

The type is wonderful and I’m having the best time with it.

—L.A., Michigan, 2017

The type arrived by noon today in such good shape and so well packed that I had to take a Charles Atlas course to become strong enough to get the metal out. Glue, adhesive tape, cardboard, plywood— didn’t you know this is just type you were packing? I think you thought you were assembling an aircraft. The second “problem” after unpacking is that the stuff is so nicely packed and gleaming there that I’ll just have to look at it. It’s just asking NOT to get inky! Thanks for all your work.

—D.H., Massachusetts, 2017

Thanks very much for the package that reached me safe and sound here in New Zealand– your care with the packing is much appreciated and the type looks superb, I hope to get to work on my project from next week. Unfortunately I’ve had the budget for my project trimmed slightly, so at present I am disappointed to not be able follow through with the second part of my order. I’m hoping I might be able to get back in touch with you in a few weeks and confirm the order. Thanks again and best wishes.

—B.O., New Zealand, 2017

Seriously, dude.  Enough with the damn hot glue.  It took me 30 minutes to get the box open and the little boxes of type unwrapped.  You are over-engineering this stuff.  It gets here in three days!  It isn’t like you are shipping by mule.  I mangled one of the little boxes the train Collection was in trying to get it out of the wrapping.  The hot glue sucks and the new tape is impregnable.  I think you should make up a package, let it sit a few days as in shipping time (while the tape and glue harden into concrete), then watch [your wife] try to get the thing opened.  I am not kidding.

—Very grumpily yours, the sore-wristed L.T., Salt Lake City, 2017

 

My dear Miss L.T.,

Skyline’s packing methods are the product of many years of experience—trial & error, if you will, or evolution. One well-known individual in the Iowa letterpress community laughingly referred to his shipment as “bomb-proof”. Another, in Arkansas, reported that his heavy box of type looked like it had been rolled all the way there—but the type itself was undamaged. In past years we had some distressing failures: boxes split, type spilling out, everything sloshing around loose. Essentially it’s a battle of wits: the type-packer on one side vs. the forces of destruction on the other. From the stories our customers tell, packages shipped by the USPS can be subjected to unimaginable indignities. (Even with our extreme measures, one shipment—or what was left of it—arrived in a makeshift outer box other than the one in which it was sent.)

So as you are well aware, for a Medium Flat Rate Box, our present procedure is to glue up the outer box with a plywood floor, glue an inner box into it, load the type (to no more than half the 70-lb limit), tightly fill all voids in the inner box with rigid dunnage, glue it shut, fill all voids in the outer box with rigid dunnage, glue it shut (sometimes with an extra inner layer of corrugated), apply the label in a sealed plastic pouch, and finally tape the edges with white duct tape and then clear packing tape. The most important thing is to make the package into one solid block. If anything inside can move around at all, self-destruction ensues. This method has proven itself very well.

Overkill? In most cases, yes. But we must engineer for the minority of occasions when our packaging is seriously put to the test. Packing this way involves considerable time, labor and purchased materials. We don’t add this cost to the type; in fact, the current $10.00 flat rate we charge is several dollars less than the actual postage for most orders.

So there it is: Skyline’s packaging is famously difficult to get into. We do what we gotta do cuz we gotta do it if you want to get your type intact. As a type foundry it’s just something that comes with the territory.

XOXOXOX,
Sky

The type arrived a few days ago. Homewood looks stunning. Hope you will cast more sizes. As always, top notch work!

—D.L., Australia, 2017

The Mikita arrived yesterday—it’s beautiful! Thanks!

—S.S., New York, 2017

You shipped me an order the other day and it was very good. Here is a second order.

—C.S., Pittsburgh, 2017

Thanks very much for the type, which arrived safely. It’s beautifully presented and very securely packed as well as being a real bargain. (It only took 5 days to get from Prescott, AZ to London, Heathrow via LA, then another 10 days to get the 300 miles from Heathrow to here!)

—C.W., England, 2017

My order was waiting for me on the on the porch when I arrived home last night. Everything was safe and sound. Now that I’ve wrestled it out of the exterior boxes, I am so excited to print with some of it this weekend. Thanks for keeping the technology alive. I certainly look forward to ordering from you in the future.

—S.S., Illinois, 2017

Just letting you know that the type has arrived safely, exceedingly well packaged. As always, the casting is top notch, the sorts are nicely dressed with good clean edges. I love the handy organization of the decorative sorts, and will probably just keep them in the box as is. Your foundry is a true beacon of hope, and a golden standard for quality casting.  [We don’t make this stuff up, honest! —Sky]

—I.G., California, 2016

Your shipment arrived Monday (very well packed)—beautiful type! I look forward to ordering more sizes of the Della Robbia when they become available.

—J.H., Minnesota, 2016

Just wanted to share a pic of a new project—3 boxes of Border No.4 in action. Thanks for the great type!

—C.L., Wisconsin, 2016

The shipment has arrived safe and sound. Whew, I don’t know anybody who packages things more strongly except Phil Ambrosi. Take that back. You beat him. Anyway, it is a very impressive product, a very beautiful product, and an example of excellent workmanship.  So I am glad to have it.

—S.T., Oklahoma, 2016

I am enjoying so much working with your type and borders. I have a collection of old borders collected over the years but when I go to use them it is very difficult to get all the pieces to print uniform due to the different degree of wear on each individual piece. I do not have that problem with your borders. And the type faces are so unique, they go well with what I am printing. Thanks for continuing your work for old, ink-in-the-veins guys like me, as well as the young people coming aboard. I have a 10-year old grandson who has taken an interest in my letterpress printing and sometimes helps me at craft fairs. He is learning quickly, and it pleases me to know that if he keeps the interest, he may some day continue with all my stuff.

—B.M., New Jersey

I am so excited to be ordering a font from you. I have used type from Skyline before and have been very happy with the finished product.

—A.M., Vermont, 2016

I love my new type!! Thank you for the nicely packed box and prompt shipment!! I received it today. Thank you again for your great service and product!

—L.L., Honolulu, 2016

My type order arrived today. I have just returned from my local Post Office where I collected the parcel. It was very securely packed and all the type has arrived in perfect condition. Thank you. It all looks great and I can’t wait to use it.

—R.E., Australia, 2016

All the borders and type arrived today! Great. I also have to tell you what a horrible fiend you are. That charming little flyer you included in the packaging is talking to me. Darn it.

—L.T., Salt Lake City, 2016

Got the Thunderbird, thanks! I’ve got to say, I really enjoy getting packages from you just to see how they are packaged! When that 60pt Hidalgo arrived at my house a month or so ago, the box was almost shredded, but the way everything was glued together, there was no hope of losing any sorts!

—P.O., South Carolina, 2016

Just a quick note to let you know that your EXTREMELY WELL PACKAGED parcel of type arrived safely today without incurring any extra fees and I am delighted with the contents. I shall have much pleasure in designing ways to use them all.

—T.R., New Zealand, 2016

Many thanks, I have to say you did a superb job of casting the type. It is truly a thing of beauty!

—A.J., California, 2016

Got the type yesterday, very pretty, very nice, very impressed. I like the packaging! I thought I was the only one that over-boxed stuff! As one of our customers said “your package was a challenge to get open”!

—S.M., Colorado, 2016

We are so far ahead because of all the type you have cast, that all I can do is  thank you for all you have done for the letterpress community!

—G.Q., Canada, 2016

The type arrived yesterday, it is absolutely beautiful and I am excited to start using it! Definitely a big day at my house!

—A.K, North Carolina, 2016

I just received my type! It’s so beautiful! It’s nestled so perfectly in its packaging, just waiting for me! Thank you, thank you! Much appreciation for the wonderful artistry you create.

—R.R., California, 2015

Just letting you know that the type arrived last week in record time (8 days). As usual beautifully cast and packed. Wish my $$ could keep up with all the great stuff you are producing. Many thanks.

—D.L., Australia, 2015

Thanks so much for your immense help and the Salem font I just received from you is beautiful.

—K.P., Memphis, 2015

The type arrived today and looks wonderful. The witch ornament was an unexpected and fabulous surprise.

—S.R., Salem, Massachusetts, 2015

You sir have won the prize for the most bulletproof packaging this guy’s ever seen—I had a good laugh opening it up, glue and all 🙂

—Y.L., Vancouver, 2014

The Borders and Ornaments arrived in good condition with great packing. Sure to get more stuff from you soon.

—Y.Y., Singapore, 2014

Never thought to order ornaments from Stempel or Haas, when I had the chance. Your enterprise makes up for that carelessness. Your packaging puts Stempel to shame! I consoled my mailman, who struggled over the snow bank to make the delivery, that the packages did indeed contain lead. He’s fit-as-fiddle, too. Your packaging is impressive! Every detail has been considered. My type professor was a real stickler for attention to detail, all the way from type-stick, to using the “drugstore fold” to wrap the books to send to customers. My enthusiasm for your work is over-the-top. The type world is fortunate to have you casting these hot-metal marvels!

—W.T., Maine, 2014

I nearly screamed with excitement when I saw the new font!

—K.S., Quebec, 2014

Bwaa ha ha. The boxes arrived today! I had to get a crow bar and an act of Congress to get them open. I have never seen such an incredible packing job. Wow.

—L.T., Salt Lake City, 2014

What wonderful, awesome customer service. You have a customer for life!!!

—G.V., Austin, 2014

I have a font of Motto which was cast either by John Carroll or by Charlie Broad. I have used it several times and can state without reservation that the alignment and set assignments you have given the font are far superior to what I have here from the “old guy”. Congratulations. It proves that there’s more to using a matrix than throwing it in the caster and turning on the pump. Good job, sir.

—R.H., West Virginia, 2014

I got the ornaments and i dont know if volk send you emails gushing over your product so here go’s these are absolutly beautiful of top quality and craftsmanship man I love these things. I cast pewter historical miniatures and detail is my bread and butter. prosit to you sir.

—P.A., New York, 2014

Thanks very much for the package of type you shipped to me—I am impressed how quickly it got from you to me. And many thanks for the care you took with the packing, everything arrived in pristine condition, I appreciate it very much and am looking forward to using the type in the next week or two. Hopefully you will hear from me with another order before too long.

—B.O., New Zealand, 2014

I am thrilled to have gotten to order the type for a friend completing his MFA in Printmaking. It arrived and I delivered it to him. My father bought me some Skyline Type, it is beautifully cast and prints like a dream. Thank you for everything you’re doing to preserve the craft. I hope to order some more type for myself in the near future.

—E.B., Ohio, 2014

A box arrived all the way from America today containing some BEAUTIFUL type—my 18pt Parisian—I’ve been hugging it all morning, running my finger over the type’s surface, whilst watching the office clock until the time I can rush home and start setting and printing. THANK YOU.

—G.C., England, 2014

I absolutely love my “Drip Dry” (Cordon) type. And now I see your post on Briar Press for the new perpetual calendar—oh well, I’ll get it on my next order. Looking forward to playing with my new type.

—H.H., Vermont, 2014

First off, hearty congratulations on the 10th Anniversary of Skyline Type Foundry! I know this success has been—in part at least—the result of your careful planning, focused determination, reputable business practices, and dogged effort. Seems that Skyline now is offering a larger selection of faces than [Typefounders of] Phoenix ever did. Pretty soon, you will also have surpassed them in longevity.

—D.K., Wisconsin, 2014

I spent yesterday playing with and printing both Arboret and Motto. Your attention to detail in the packaging is an absolute joy. Thank you. And, thank you for keeping these faces alive and available to us.

—H.H., Vermont, 2014

Many thanks again. You do a fantastic job and I hope you can do so for many years to come. Your type is exceptionally good quality and I’ve never been disappointed with anything you’ve supplied.

—R.R., England, 2014

I always appreciate your attention to the details; your type is some of the best available and I’m happy to have it. Hope your foundry empire continues to grow. Thanks, again.

—C.M., Maryland, 2014

Received type in good condition, thanks for the great packing.

—Y.Y., Singapore, 2014

All three boxes now to hand and, thanks to your packing practices, only trifling damage to the Fournier le Jeune presentation box—the type itself, quite safe. Many thanks for your first class service.

—B.W., Tasmania, 2014

The order just arrived safely, beautifully packed again, the Filigree Initials are amazing—I look forward to experimenting. And I can think of many uses for the ‘stackable ornaments’ already. Your prices, packaging and cost of postage are great.

—D.V., New Zealand, 2014

Just wanted to let you know I received the type yesterday and it looks great. I will probably be contacting you again soon too order some borders. Thanks.

—D.S., Michigan, 2014

Thanks for the awesome type! It looks amazing—can’t wait to get it in the chase.

—M.M., Pennsylvania, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that I collected my package today and all is well. The type is beautiful and I can’t wait to start using it. Thanks for posting to the UK so quickly and for packing it so carefully.

—K. H., England 2013

Thank you very much for some very beautiful types – can’t wait to print with them 🙂

—Denmark 2013

The type is soooo beautiful!! I love it – and so well packaged!! It was like a present 🙂 I will be sure to order more from you.

—V. O. Chicago 2013

It is pleasure that goods arrive.

—M. Y., Japan 2013

The package of type arrived on Monday. Only Air Force One or Santa Claus could have gotten it here sooner. 🙂 Thank you so much, everything is beautiful.

—L. W., Vermont, 2013

Goods arrived. Thank you. It is very much satisfied!

—M. Y., Japan 2013

I received the shipment of type some days ago, and I must say that it was VERY well packed. I am so impressed with way that you box up these fonts. And of course the type is great.

—S. N., West Virginia 2013

I just wanted to let you know that my Border 1259 arrived safe and sound in the UK and I am thrilled with it. Thanks so much, I’m sure I’ll be ordering again from you!

—K. H., England 2013

Pleased to advise that type arrived last Tuesday and I am very happy with it. Many thanks.

—T. L., Australia 2013

We love our type, borders, and ornaments! We’ve already used everything on a few different projects! We’re already planning our next order. Thank you so much!

—C. C., Nashville 2013

Thank you so much for your excellent service. Merci beaucoup et bonne continuation!

—L. V., Quebec 2013

I received your type today, may I say what a pleasure it is dealing with the yanks, your service is second to none, the quality of your type is excellent, and the presentation of your type in its boxes is beautiful. I’ll definitely be having more of that.

—A. T., England 2013

We’ve bought a bunch of your type for our fledgling press operation and have loved the excellent stuff we get from you.

—J. G., Itinerant 2013

We have got the font letters you sent us. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Looking forward for continued comparation …

—A. N., Uganda 2013

If you stopped casting type, letterpress printers would gather outside your door with torches and pitchforks.

—D. M., Wisconsin 2013

Thank you for the prompt service and beautiful type! Your type is so special and I am so grateful that there is a foundry like yours that provides such wonderful type with excellent craftsmanship and marvelous service.

—L. C., Hawaii 2013

Your casting is as good as any of the best foundry that I have. The packaging is superb and the quick delivery was surprising! Thanks, again, for a superb product!

—D. G., Connecticut 2013

We are basically taking on small jobs here and there so that we can save coin and buy more fonts from yourself. We love your work!

—F. G., Australia 2012

I just gave one of my apprentices some Skyline type as her wedding gift.

—J. H., Arkansas 2012

Hi Sky, got all my type & borders in. Thank you!! Love them all.

—S. L., Dallas 2012

Type arrived and looks great. Packaged so well that three postal employees who tried to damage it and couldn’t got frustrated and took it out on each other.

—J. M., Denver 2012

Thanks for making good, affordable type available to letterpress lovers!

—J. W., Missouri 2012

I’m fixing up a few smaller table presses so I can tutor a few people this year and so I showed some local graphic Artists your fonts. They flipped out at the quality and artisanship—like I did when I first opened a fresh box. They had only worked on computers prior.

—F. G., Australia 2012

We bought a couple of Art Deco type sets from you a month or two ago, and we love them. The font is great and the type is very well cast, we really like your work.

—J. G., Georgia 2012

I just wanted to let you know I received the type and I am very impressed. The quality of type is amazing. Thank you.

—H. G., Utah 2012

My type arrived and I couldn’t be happier and am printing away … but now I would like more …

—K. S., Canada 2012

I love the type!! I printed the labels for my newest artist book with some of it. I hope to get more someday.

—B. T., Portland 2012

The 18pt News Gothic arrived with today’s mail and I have distributed it. I have to say that again you’ve exceeded my expectations! This is really fine type, well cast, solid in the body, and really well done. I can’t wait to use it.

—A. D., San Francisco 2012

Thank you very much for the shipment of type. You do an amazing job of packing. We are thrilled with the type.

—K. L., New York 2012

The type arrived yesterday. As usual, perfect packing and immaculate casting. Looking forward to doing some setting and printing this weekend.

—D. L., Australia 2012

I received your package today, and opened it excitedly. It was a wonderful job of casting—and of packaging. Again, great job. Many thanks.

—S. N., West Virginia 2012

Thanks so much; I absolutely LOVE your type, and so do my customers!

—S. W., Missouri 2012

The type arrived safe and sound today. Extremely pleased with it all. Many thanks for your customary highly efficient, friendly service. May your splendid enterprise continue to thrive!

—R. F., Australia 2012

Thank you for the excellent service over the last six years or so. Skyline type is first class.

—G. J., New Orleans 2012

The type arrived. I haven’t proofed it yet, but it looks fine. I’ve had enough type shipped to me from other foundries that I think I can say this with some authority: your packaging is second to none. I believe you’ve developed the indestructible box!

—J. G., Washington 2012

The Collections have arrived and they are beautiful Thanks!

—R. V., New York 2012

I want to thank you for your help in choosing the right font, and  the quick service in sending the 36 pt. Narciss font to me.  You saved the day, and the font was perfect for what I needed. It has been very nice working with you and I look forward to my next font purchase!

—D. J., Nebraska 2012

I received your type shipment a couple of days ago — beautiful!

—J. H., Minnesota 2011

Thank you so much for the type. Wow! I am totally blown away by how beautifully they are crafted. Really outstanding work mate! I look forward to putting in another order in the near future when I get some more moola together!

—F. G., Australia 2011

Always a pleasure to do business with you.

—B. R., England 2011

Thank you for being always nice to me. A new order is requested.

—M. T., Japan 2011

Good evening. Baggage arrived today. Thank you. Again on the occasion of ordering thanking you in advance.

—E. K., Japan 2011

The 1st box arrived yesterday. The printing type was the highest quality. Then, I think that I would like to ask you for the next order.

—M. T., Japan, 2011

The types and borders were received today in good order and in forthright manner. The workmanship and quality of packaging was found to be beyond all cavil.

—D. J., Michigan, 2011

The Uncial casting is excellent.

—C. R., Indiana, 2011

We received the type today: it’s beautiful! I’m so pleased, I’m speechless. The packing was impeccable, everything just looks great. I can’t thank you enough. I can’t wait to print with this type, and I have no doubt we’ll be ordering more soon.

—J. D., San Francisco, 2011

Many thanks again for the type and its prompt arrival.

—G.M., Australia, 2011

I’m glad you liked my [printed] piece. I had a TON of fun putting it together. I started on the outside and just kept building. They fit so well together! Thank you for making such awesome borders for us to use. We’re really looking forward to seeing all those fantastic types!

—S.W., Wisconsin, 2011

I distributed the News Gothic 12pt on Halloween, pun intended here, but what a treat!  Beautiful type as with the other type I’ve purchased from you.  I also distributed the Worrell Uncial which I’d had sitting here. Also beautiful type.  I’m really delighted.

—A.D., California, 2011

All the letterpress type arrived safe, sound and beautiful! Thank You.

—D.B., Canada, 2011

Excellent! The type looks great and I can’t wait to get it into print.

—J.F., Chicago, 2011

I tell all of my workshop students that you make excellent type and I have always appreciated your attention to detail.

—S.B., Virginia, 2011

I just wanted to thank you and give you a thumbs up for both the quality of your product, and the care you put into making sure it arrives safely.  The effort is very evident.

—J.F., Connecticut, 2011

The Worrell Uncial arrived today—excellent.  Very beautifully done.

—M.A., Maryland, 2011

The Keynote 36 point arrived today! All packed securely. I love it! So beautiful! You do terrific work with the type and ornaments. I greatly appreciate your great, prompt service!

—L.C., Hawaii, 2011

Thank you very much for allowing me to visit you last week. I was very impressed with your shop and the care you take with your equipment and the production of type, borders, and ornaments.

—H.K., North Carolina, 2011

I’ve been very happy with the type and borders I’ve bought, and am sending this recommendation with the hope that Skyline will make enough profit to continue casting type for many years.

—D.T., California, 2011

The parcels arrived a few days ago. I’m very impressed with the quality and the excellent packing and I will definitely be ordering more when finances permit (I have just bought a lovely 1887 demy Albion and two cabinets of type).

—D.L., Australia, 2011

We received the type today: it’s beautiful! I’m so pleased, I’m speechless. The packing was impeccable, everything just looks great. I can’t thank you enough. I can’t wait to print with this type, and I have no doubt we’ll be ordering more soon.

—J.D., San Francisco, 2011

The Worrell Uncial with pilcrows shipment arrived today—it was sturdily packaged. The Uncial casting is excellent; your choice of pilcrows is equally excellent; if my composing/press resolve remains firm, the pilcrows will be printed in a contrasting ink (probably red) in the body of Uncial type.

—C.R., Indiana, 2011

The types and borders were received today in good order and in forthright manner. The workmanship and quality of packaging was found to be beyond all cavil. I do look forward to doing business with you again sometime in the future.

—D.J., Michigan, 2011

The 1st box arrived yesterday. The printing type was the highest quality. Thank you for being always nice to me. Then, I think that I would like to ask you for the next order.

—M.T., Japan, 2011

Good evening. Baggage arrived today. Thank you. Again on the occasion of ordering thanking you in advance.

—E.K., Japan, 2011

Many thanks. Always a pleasure to do business with you.

—B.R., London, 2011

Thank you so much for the type. Wow! I am totally blown away by how beautifully they are crafted. Really outstanding work mate! I look forward to putting in another order in the near future when I get some more moola together! I hope that 2012 goes great guns for you.

—F.G., Australia, 2011

I received your type shipment a couple of days ago—beautiful!

—J.H., Michigan, 2011

I’ve been very happy with the type and borders I’ve bought from Skyline and am sending this recommendation with the hope that Sky will make enough profit to continue casting type for many years.

—D. T., California, 2011

Thank you very much for allowing me to visit you last week.  I was very impressed with your shop and the care you take with your equipment and the production of type, borders, and ornaments.

—H. C., North Carolina, 2011

The Keynote 36 point arrived today! All packed securely. I love it! So beautiful! You do terrific work with the type and ornaments. Thank you so much!  I greatly appreciate your great, prompt service!

—L. C., Hawaii, 2011

The Worrell uncial arrived today – excellent.  Very beautifully done.

—M. A,, Maryland 2011

I just wanted to thank you and give you a thumbs up for both the quality of your product, and the care you put into making sure it arrives safely.  The effort is very evident.

—J. F., Connecticut, 2011

I tell all of my workshop students that you make excellent type and I have always appreciated your attention to detail.

—S. B., Virginia, 2011

Excellent! The type looks great and I can’t wait to get it into print.

—J. F., Chicago, 2010

All the letterpress type arrived safe, sound and beautiful! Thank You.

—D. B., Canada, 2010

I distributed the 12pt News Gothic on Halloween; pun intended here, but what a treat!  Beautiful type as with the other type I’ve purchased from you..  I also distributed the Worrell Uncial which I’d had sitting here. Also beautiful type.  I’m really delighted.

—A. D., California, 2010

I’m glad you liked my printed piece. I had a TON of fun putting it together. Thank you for making such awesome borders for us to use. They fit so well together!

—S. W., Wisconsin, 2010

Just a line to let you know our daughter loved the type (she called it “so exciting”).  And she marveled at the meticulous packing job.  Her words were: “…packaged so beautifully, perfectly fit into the little boxes with wood spacers and cotton on top.  He glued/taped everything to a piece of plywood so it wouldn’t move a fraction of an inch in transit.”   Wow.  Thanks for your wonderful work.

—E. H., New York, 2010

Many thanks again for the type and its prompt arrival.

—G.M., Australia, 2010

We received the type and ornaments. I must say, my expectations were exceeded. Very nicely done! Thanks much … fine printing requires fine type!

—R.S., Washington, 2010

Got both the typefaces and they look great!  I can’t wait to delve in.  I’ve had some bad experiences getting type for a heavy premium, only to be  jilted by a poor cast, done by someone who doesn’t have the attention to detail that you have. I have never had an issue with anything I’ve gotten from you.

—J.F., Illinois, 2010

“I have been impressed with Mr. Shipley’s type—it is very well done. I met Sky some years ago, and the first thing I wanted to do was look at his type. I saw it, and I said, ‘My goodness, that is well done.’ It is solid. I took a piece of his type and it’s as heavy as foundry type is.”

—Theo Rehak, A Message of Hope, keynote address at American Typecasting Fellowship, 2010

 

The type arrived safe and sound … It looks great! Thanks again for your wonderful and prompt work.

—M.M., New Jersey, 2010

I never thought there would be another foundry that would cast 19th century type like Charles Broad did, but you have achieved that, and more.

—G.Q., Ontario, 2009

Regarding the last post, please don’t include Skyline Type Foundry with the “monotype shops.” This implies that they use softer monotype type metal which wears faster, and this is not true.  Skyline uses Thompson type casting machines which produce foundry quality type. In addition, the type metal which Skyline uses, is old worn out foundry type which has been melted down and recycled. This metal has the hardness and durability which is desirable in handset type. I have purchased many fonts from them and have been more than satisfied.  Skyline Type Foundry in particular, has gone to great lengths to cast some of the beautiful and ornate types of long ago, and many of these have never been digitized. This gives us letterpress printers an edge over the other sellers of invitations, etc., because we can provide these fonts, whereas the people who set type strictly off the computer, cannot provide them.

—anonymous, Briar Press Forum, 2009

I’ve bought fonts of type from [Skyline] and been very happy.

—A.K., Briar Press Forum, 2009

Many thanks for the type. Very happy indeed!

—N.F., Australia, 2009

I am very pleased with the way you have handled my inquiry and with your fonts.

—R.E., Australia 2009

I am greatly enjoying the Iroquois and Glyptic I got from you. I would like to order two more fonts of Iroquois, and one of the Ben Franklin Decorative Initials.

—B.H., Minnesota, 2009

Thanks for all the great type … It really helped me build our collection. Your items are always terrific! I can’t wait till you cast Della Robbia in 8-10-12 points. We used your 36pt on our poster which was gorgeous.

—C.I., Arizona, 2009

Not only did you get my type out the door quickly; the Post Office made quick work of getting it here.  Needless to say, I am very, very pleased with it, to say the least.

—I.S., Oregon, 2009

Thanks for a beautiful font of Glyptic. Got it yesterday. It’s gorgeous!  And it came so professionally wrapped. It seems to me that it would take longer to wrap up a font for shipment that it would to cast the type.  Now I must find a place to put it. Perhaps I can get rid of some Cheltenham.

—J.K., Maryland, 2009

Just used one of the Egmont initials and very lovely.  Everything is very nice and I wanted to thank you for your craftsmanship and care in packaging and for doing the work in the heat.

—M.T., Washington, 2009

All of the type arrived in good order today, thank you.  As usual, it is beautiful.

—A.D., California, 2009

First off, I love your type fonts, and I’ve heard great things about your quality!  You have so many beautiful items, it so hard to decide!  Here’s the [order for the] ones I’m going to try out first, but I’ll definitely be back very soon.

—M.P., California, 2009

Got the treasures today! How sweeeet. You pack like stuff is going to the moon—which is a good thing since I believe that’s where our postman came from before he moved south. Anyway, Christmas in July for this ol’ boy!!  Keep up the good work.

—B.D., Georgia, 2009

Your work is impressive.

—G.T., Missouri, 2009

Check went out today for the new order, also the Perpetua arrived  today.  I have to say, I am very, very impressed.  Presentation was  beautiful, but the wonder was the quality of the castings.  I’ve been sorting some new Monotype 12pt from __________ today  and the bubbles in it were disheartening.  When I opened the Perpetua, I  just sat and stared at it for about 5 minutes.  Excellent quality, you definitely have a customer for life here.  Also, I’ve never had type so well packaged for shipment, the boxes arrived in perfect shape.  Again, great job.

—A.D., California, 2009