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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Back Online in June

  Thank you for following along with me these past two months. This has been my first go at blogging and I’ve quickly become addicted. I’m looking forward to writing about … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good Form, Bad Form: Ground Glass and Curdled Milk

Structural properties of paper describe how various components are arranged within a sheet of paper. Global properties are assessed independent of local variations in paper composition. These include the structural properties … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Song of the Papermakers

I got really lucky when I first was getting into papermaking. Shopping around on eBay one day I entered ‘paper maker’ into the search field. Scrolling down the results I … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Papermaking Apprenticeship in Buenos Aires- Help Make it Pozible!

You may have seen my ‘About Page’ where I talk about being a graduate student. I just wrapped up my first year of my program in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering and … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Counterfeit this bill and…die?

The United States got a new hundred-dollar bill last year, a familiar Benjamin staring back at you surrounded by a host of new security features. There’s a blue security ribbon of liberty … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Two Papermaking Podcasts For You

A friend recently commented on the two interviews I’ve posted to the blog so far. He enjoyed them and suggested I look into sharing interviews as audio files, too. I like … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Time-Lapse Recycling

We hear a lot about the evils of paper, one of the evils being that paper use is wasteful. The fact is that paper is one of the most recycled … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hollander Beaters-Helping Papermakers Since the 1600s

One way that fibers are made more flexible before papermaking is a refining process called beating. Pounding and/or shearing action works to separate the fibers for the first time, or further refines fibers … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Finger Painting, But Better. Much Better.

Paste papers have decorated the covers and insides of books since the days of Shakespeare. Bookbinders could take a bit of unused paste, add some pigment and inexpensively enhance their work with … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

A New Kind of Paper for a New Kind of Book

I have a lot of books. Collected over the years, my books move from house to house with me. They line my walls. They are transmitters of information. Some are … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Interview: Cathy Frood and Steve Carroll of St. Cuthbert’s Mill

St. Cuthbert’s Mill is an English paper manufacture that has been in operation since the 1700s. Currently they specialize in artist papers that they produce on one of the world’s … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Grammage and Basis Weight

I usually reserve Friday’s post for things I’m learning in class but school is officially out for the summer. Summer Fridays will be a bit of a grab bag – there’s … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 1 Comment