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Monthly Archives: April, 2014

People Posting About Paper

On Monday I posted several tweets I enjoyed from the week which met with positive response. Today I’m posting links to several blogs I frequent, along with the descriptions from their … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Week of Tweets

I used to think Twitter was nothing but celebrity gossip and people updated their friends on what they were wearing to the club that night. When I started this blog … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Specialty Paper Grades-Expect the Unexpected

Specialty paper products in packaging, printing and technical segments of the industry include essential and nonessential products (Moore 36). These products are outside of the mainstream commodity production, are usually of … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making Paper for the MCBA Winterbook

Summer is great in Minneapolis. There are flea markets, concerts, outdoor films and art festivals, restaurants galore and miles upon miles of bike trails to help you get around. Despite all … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Pepsi’s Paper Bottle Patent

Last week an article caught my eye on Facebook. ‘Crystal Clear Pepsi is Reintroduced for a Limited Time!’ I got excited. When Crystal Clear Pepsi hit the shelves it was marketed … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elemental Chlorine Bleaching and the Creation of Dioxin

You see a lot of acronyms on paper products. They show up on printer paper packaging and catalogues and on the boxes your Amazon order arrives in. Some of these acronyms refer … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 13 Comments

Video: Handmade Flax Paper at Cave Paper

Last summer I worked at Cave Paper in Minneapolis, MN. The mill opened in 1994 in the lower levels of an old warehouse near the banks of the Mississippi and ‘Cavelike’ is … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Little on Fillers

In the mid-1980s the United States paper industry began converting mill operations to support alkaline papermaking processes, although the possibility to convert had been around for a quarter of a … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Refine and Bleach That Flax

The flax saga continues! We pulled the fiber from the cooler and continued the pulping procedure, combining it with water and running it in the hydropulper, a sort of giant … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Transformative Power of Papermaking

In the fall of 2011 I was in a pretty rough place. My grandmother was in a car accident that put her in a month-long coma and eventually resulted in her death. … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 9 Comments

My Love Letter to Paperclassroom.com

I wanted to take this ‘Paper Industry Monday’ to talk about the website Paper Classroom. The UK-based site is the work of Steve Mann who received his PhD from the Department of … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Interview: Whitney Korstange of The Maple Street Paper Company

After graduating with an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State, Whitney Korstange and her sister Hilary purchased a fully equipped, 20-year-old handmade paper mill and moved it from Vermont to … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Printmakers and Papermakers

The capstone experience for SUNY-ESF paper undergrads is the paper machine run. The students are given three paper grades with specific requirements like thickness, opacity and brightness. They split into groups mimicking … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments