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Handmade Paper Exchange

Hello, handmade papermakers! You are invited to participate in this full-sheet handmade paper What You Need to Do: Mail To: Make handmade paper in size A4, B5, D4, or US … Continue reading

September 25, 2021 · 3 Comments

A COVID Papermaking Project

An old hymnal becomes a new hymnal. A year of shutdown ends up opening a new worlds. Much work is done and much work is left to do.

December 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Pulping and Refining

Pulping and refining are two papermaking processes that affect the mechanical properties of the finished product. This video gives an overview of the topic.

November 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

JOIN IN: 2019 PAPER SWATCH SWAP!

Do you make handmade paper? Would you like to participate in a swatch swap with papermakers from around the globe? Here is a great opportunity! Sign up to particpate by … Continue reading

August 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

3 Formation Facts & 3 Ways to Better Yours

  Formation describes how uniformly the fibers and other solid components of a paper furnish are distributed in the finished sheet and is massively important! Good formation results in desired outcomes … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · 6 Comments

3 Paper Headlines From Twitterland

Here are three stories for you – paper inspired going-ons from Twitterland this week. Click the tweets to follow the links. 1) PACKAGING INNOVATION ENCOURAGES DRIVE THROUGH BIKING This article is about … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Late Night Schoolin’ – Rare Book Style

Just fell into bed with my computer; it’s the end of day two at the Rare Book School (RBS) in hot and humid Charlottesville, VA. I’m here taking a course in … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

I Recycled – Now What? Why We Do It. Why It Matters.

The next time you get an ‘F’ on an exam, don’t be bummed out – you can help a tree out! This Spring Semester, the last semester of my graduate … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Three Papery Updates

Hello, dear readers! Wrapping up my graduate degree has been an incredible time suck with incredible rewards. I’m back now, and to start I will give a few updates about what’s … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Natural Dyes and Papermaking

These natural dye experiments started with standing in line at the store, my cart overflowing with stainless steel pots, the woman behind me chuckling, “Looks like someone’s doing some cooking!” … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · 17 Comments

Paper – Every Fiber of Its Being

Paper is a composite of fiber and air. Cellulosic fibers come from plants, either from seed hairs, stems (bast), and/or from leaves. In industrial papermaking, cellulose comes primarily from wood, both hardwoods and … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Future of the Craft

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

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