Category: Hand Papermaking

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

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

A Useful Online Glossary of Papermaking Chemistry

I have stumbled across this web site a few times, and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. The site is a glossary of terms relating to what is referred to in the industry as “wet-end chemistry” and covers

Posted in Pulp preparation, Sheet forming, Useful gadgets and ideas

Maker Expo aftermath

Despite a very busy day (with attendance estimated at 7500) we survived Maker Expo (and had enough energy the next day for the New Hamburg Fall Fair). I only now found out that I neglected to actually publish the post

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

The K-W Maker Expo, Saturday September 19th

The local maker club, Kwartzlab, is spearheading a big event coming up on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 called Maker Expo. This free event centered around Kitchener City Hall will feature all kinds of people and organizations who make things, about

Posted in K-W Maker Expo, Moulds and Deckles, Past Events, Presses, Sheet forming, Us, Vats

Valley Beater available near Vancouver BC

If you live on the west coast and are shopping for a Valley Beater, we’ve received a message that someone in Maple Ridge BC has one for sale. This one has a cast iron body but the paint looks to

Posted in Other people, Pulp preparation, Sold