Category: Hand Papermaking

Tororo-Aoi Pods Ripening

The seed pods on my tororo-aoi plants have started to mature. As this happens, they turn brown, dry out, and develop splits along their five lengthwise ridges. The seeds inside are probably dry and ready for storage for next spring.

Posted in Gardening, Home-grown supplies, Kevin

Tororo-Aoi (and other) Flowers

My tororo-aoi plants have started blooming. So far, only the transplanted plants are big enough to bloom; the direct-seeded ones are just getting to the point of thinking about producing flower buds, and the plants from the seeds from AliExpress

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Surprise Tororo-Aoi Sprouts

About a week ago I planted the tororo-aoi seeds I had purchased through AliExpress into our front garden. I had previously had no success sprouting them indoors, and decided as a last try to direct seed them where my other seeds

Posted in Gardening, Home-grown supplies, Kevin

Tororo-Aoi Growth

The tororo-aoi seedlings I showed in a previous post have been in the ground for a few weeks now, and, except for the one destroyed by forces unknown, all have grown several true leaves and are 10-15cm (4-6″) tall. I

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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.

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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

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

A product possibly useful to papermakers

I was in the local Costco today and I spotted this chopping block: It is a 2″ (2cm) thick end-grain chopping block. People who do their own fibre processing may find this useful for cutting or hand-beating plant fibres. I

Posted in Pulp preparation, Useful gadgets and ideas

KW Maker Expo 2016, Saturday September 10th

Coming up soon is the 2016 K-W Maker Expo, which will be at Kitchener City Hall on Saturday, September 10th, from 10am to 6pm. This event, which is free to the public, will feature over 50 exhibitors and over a

Posted in K-W Maker Expo, Past Events, Sheet forming, Us

Introductory Papermaking Workshop, Saturday August 27th

We have scheduled one of our Introductory Papermaking workshops on Saturday, August 27th (a little under 4 weeks from now), running from 9am to 4pm with a one-hour lunch break. Cost is $65 per person plus HST. For more details

Posted in Our own courses and workshops, Past Events, Pulp preparation, Sheet forming, Us