BOOK PRINTER & PUBLISHER
I LANSTON TYPE COMPANY I GERALD GIAMPA I
¶ WIL HUDSON was my mentor. I hold Wil Hudson's craftsmanship second to non in the printing industry. This man was the singular most important influence in my life.
By happen-chance I rented the same premises, 323 in Cambie Street, after Wil Hudson had moved to work with the Inuit at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd., Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories, Canada. Wil is the designer of the Inuit Syllabic. A well written book would prove incapable of encapsulating the "heart or core" of Wil Hudson. What most referred to as Wil's peculiar personality quirks were in fact philosophy, wisdom and Wil's inner beliefs of unfathomable depth. His reverence for craftsmanship and the typographical arts was indicative of monastic disciplines.'
Wil Hudson is a legend in the bookworld. Few knew him in a personal working fashion as did I, few people in this world have been as lucky as I. The Alcuin Society and Wil Hudson took a terrible turn and the Society repeated their ignorance in their dealings with myself and as a consequence turned what would have been a beautiful book into an embarrassing abortion called 'In Praise of Scribes'.
Wil had just returned from Baffin Island to British Columbia in this photograph. Hudson and I were downing a couple of draught beer in the old Commercial Hotel. This hotel was a haven of printers, editors, news reporters and the general staff of the daily Vancouver Province. Across the street was Wil's former, but by this time my own premises housing Cobblestone Press., 323 in
Shortly after this photograph was shot Wil Hudson moved his shop to Powell River, B.C. Powell River is a small Coastal Town whose prime industry is supplying pulp and paper.
My debt to Wil Hudson could never be fully discharged.
This section on Wil I intend to extend in the very near future. Material on Wil is hard to come by but I believe I may have a surprise in store for the friends of Wil Hudson, second to non, master printer.
WIL HUDSON, BAFFIN ISLAND
¶ ST. WILBERT IN CAMBIE STREET: Wil Hudson, Giampa's mentor imparted knowledge of the printing arts with deliberate care and kindness.
There was nothing less than inspiration exuding from Wil Hudson. He was an avid reader of great literature and displayed exceptional gifts in his own writings. Wil possessed zero patience for phonies or the middle class. From what Giampa could make out of it the world was full of both.
Wil Hudson had various skills and interests. Woodworking, machining and pin hole cameras were amongst them. Hudson was exceptionally skilled at all his interests. Rail roads and steam boats fascinated him.