(Yet another) Maker Expo Floor Plan Change…

It appears the the Kitchener Aud is hosting a lacrosse tournament just prior to the Maker Expo and won’t have time to take down the rink boards between the two events. As a result there will be less space available in the arena, but the Expo will now have use of the Kiwanis arena as well as the original Kinsmen arena.

The floor plan has changed substantially, but I’m not going to make yet another map showing where we are because (although our booth number is now #22) we are still essentially in the same location—in the Kinsmen arena at the end of the row of booths along the center of the arena near the main entrance.

It turns out we can sell items at this event, so we will be using our second table to sell some of our marbled and handmade paper.

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

New booth location at Maker Expo

We’ve just been assigned a new booth location, so we’ve updated our original post to show the new spot.

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

the Papertrail at Kitchener Maker Expo, June 2nd & 3rd

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Kitchener’s Maker Expo, an interactive showcase of makers & DIY culture, is coming up Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2018, at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium—Kinsmen Arena. The show runs from 11am to 5pm both days and admission is free!

the Papertrail will have a booth at the show (half of #11—see the floor plan below) where we will be demonstrating hand papermaking and you can make your own sheet of paper too! We have room for a second table in our booth but we haven’t decided what we’ll show there yet.

The last Maker Expo was in 2016 at Kitchener City Hall and was a great success, and we’re looking forward to another great event this year.

Make Expo 2018 Floor Plan

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

Upcoming Papermaking Workshop, June 9th 2018

We will be holding our Introductory Hand Papermaking workshop on Saturday, June 9th, 2018.

This course covers the basic materials, equipment, and processes used for making paper by hand. Techniques include basic sheetforming, couching, pressing, and drying, as well as the use of pigments, additives, and decorative inclusions. We concentrate on using commercially-available pulp, but also touch on recycling and use of raw plant fibres.

This workshop will run from 9am to 4pm with a 1-hour lunch break, and will be held at our store in New Dundee. We still have spaces available, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Posted in Hand Papermaking, Our own courses and workshops, Past Events, Us

the Papertrail on local TV

CKCO-TV (aka CTV Southwestern Ontario) recently did an item on the Papertrail for their Made Right Here series which features area businesses that have interesting products or services.

The 3-minute item was broadcast April 28th 2018, but is also available on their web site for your viewing pleasure.

Unfortunately, Audrey had no voice the day of the interview, so I do all of the talking and almost all of the showing.

Posted in Challenge MA15 Proof Press, Marbling, Moulds and Deckles, Presses, Printing, Sheet forming, Sigwalt Chicago No 11, Things we do, Us, Vats

CBBAG Book Arts Fair on Ottawa, Saturday, May 12th

The Ottawa Valley chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) will be holding a Book Arts Fair on Saturday, May 12th, from 10am to 4pm. This will take place at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue (at the corner of Lyon Street), in Ottawa.

Along with many other vendors, we will be there selling our handmade paper, marbled paper, and supplies and tools for marbling and bookbinding.

Posted in CBBAG Book Arts Fair, Past Events, Us

40th Grimsby Wayzgoose, Saturday, April 28th

The Grimsby Wayzgoose will be celebrating its 40th annual event this year on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am to 5pm. This show and sale of everything Book Arts will take place at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, located at 18 Carnegie Lane, in Grimsby, Ontario.

We will have a table at the fair, where we will be selling paper, marbling, and a selection of supplies and tools for marbling and bookbinding.

For more information, please see the Wayzgoose web site.

 

Posted in Grimsby Wayzgoose, Past Events, Us

Upcoming Workshops: Papermaking and Marbling

Coming up in March, we are holding our Introductory Papermaking and Western Marbling workshops on two consecutive Saturdays.

The Introductory Papermaking workshop will be held on March the 3rd. This course covers the basic materials, equipment, and processes used for making paper by hand. Techniques include basic sheetforming, couching, pressing, and drying, as well as the use of pigments, additives, and decorative inclusions. We concentrate on using commercially-available pulp, but also touch on recycling and use of raw plant fibres.

The Western Marbling workshop will be on March 10th. In this course, you will practice the techniques of western-style marbling, also sometimes called Turkish marbling or ebru. We will be using acrylic paints and either carragheenan or methyl cellulose size, but other materials will also be discussed.

Both workshops will run from 9am to 4pm with a 1-hour lunch break, and will be held at our store in New Dundee. We still have spaces available for both workshops, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Posted in Hand Papermaking, Marbling, Our own courses and workshops, Past Events, Us

Estimating Dry Weight of Composition Material

While trying to remelt some old composition rollers recently, I found that some of the material wouldn’t melt. Neither higher temperatures nor additional water helped. All I ended up with was a lumpy soup, from which I strained the lumps and let the liquid portion set in a measuring cup.

I was curious as to how much of the original 250g of composition material I has managed to recover, but the sample in the cup contained quite a bit of extra water.

I had two choices: let the sample air dry until it no longer lost any weight, or sample the weight through a period of consistent drying conditions and use the changing weight to estimate the final dry weight.

The second method might require less time so I decided to try it. I cut off a about quarter of the hardened composition material and placed it on a piece of aluminum foil on the pan of my precision scale, which has a resolution of 100μg. The scale has a glass enclosure which I hoped would provide a consistent drying rate.

(warning: Math ahead!)

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Posted in Composition ink rollers, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Testing Equipment

A Book Arts Fair Rises from the Ashes

boundbookartsfair-lgeMuch to our dismay, we found out a month or so ago that there would no longer be a Book Arts Fair at OCAD University in early December. This marks the end of over 30 years of fairs at OCAD U, or as it was known back then, just plain OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design).

However, many of the alumni of this annual fair will be at a new venue this year, with hopes that the new event will become an annual one.

The new fair will be held this year on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10am to 5pm at the Great Hall of the Arts and Letters Club, located at 14 Elm Street in downtown Toronto. This is just West of Yonge Street, between Gerrard and Dundas.

Vendor space is tighter than at the old fair, but we’ll be there with our selection of handmade and marbled papers, along with bookbinding and marbling supplies.

Come out and see us, maybe buy a book or two!

Posted in BOUND Book Arts Fair, OCADU Book Arts Fair, Past Events, Us

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