Author: kpmartin

Tororo-aoi sprouts

I previously mentioned purchasing some tororo-aoi seeds from two suppliers, and I planted five of each to see how well they sprout. After a week in a covered tray on our enclosed porch, all five seeds from Richter’s have sprouted.

Posted in Gardening, Home-grown supplies, Kevin

Search for Tororo-aoi

This spring I did a small foray into AliExpress to see what interesting products I could find. I ended up ordering three products: kozo (Broussonetia Papyrifera) seeds, Abelmoschus Manihot gum powder, and tororo-aoi (Abelmoschus Manihot) seeds. The gum powder was

Posted in For Sale, Gardening, Home-grown supplies, Kevin

Lubricating Oil for Old Printing Equipment

Many old pieces of printing and typecasting equipment recommend (amongst other products) Mobil Vactra for lubricating some of the sliding surfaces. Locations like journal bearings (where a shaft rotates in a round smooth hole) retain their oil by surface tension.

Posted in Documentation, Useful gadgets and ideas

Should the keta stretch the su?

After some thought, I would say “probably not.” I have a su (bamboo screen for Japanese-style paper making) for which I made a keta (combined support frame and deckle) many years ago. I’ve taken the occasional attempt at making paper

Posted in Kevin, Moulds and Deckles, Sheet forming

39th Grimsby Wayzgoose, April 29th 2017

On April 29th, 2017, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario will host the 39th annual Wayzgoose. We’ve managed to snare a spot to sell our wares at this show. We will be selling handmade paper, marbled paper, a

Posted in Grimsby Wayzgoose, Past Events, Us

Hollander Beater and Large Press (Still) Available in Toronto

Please see our updated older posting concerning a 2lb David Reina beater and 40-ton papermaking press available in Toronto. Update: These items have been sold.

Posted in Other people, Sold

New Product Photos: Vats and Drying System

We’ve added a couple more pages describing more of our products: Vats which can be used for sheet forming or storage Our restraint drying system, with photos of the one we use in our shop The can also be found

Posted in Things we sell

Monotype Computer Control: A Long Overdue Update

My last post about this project was over a year ago, wherein I mentioned that I had purchased the aluminum stock to make the main parts of the valve unit. A lot has happened since then, to the point where

Posted in American Typecasting Fellowship, Caster Computer Control, Kevin, Other people Tagged with: ,

The 2016 ATF Conference, Day 4

Actually, there was no official Day 4 for the conference, but the Bixler foundry in Skaneateles and Virgin Wood Type in Rochester both had open houses again for those would couldn’t make the other times. Rochester was on my way

Posted in American Typecasting Fellowship, Conferences and Meet-ups, Kevin, Past Events

The 2016 ATF Conference, Day 3

The third day of the conference took place primarily at the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler in Skaneateles, returning to the hotel in Auburn for the closing banquet in the evening. The morning started with Mike and

Posted in American Typecasting Fellowship, Conferences and Meet-ups, Kevin, Past Events