Why We Make Paper
Perhaps it has something to do with the shrinking selection of colored and textured papers on the market, but as printers, we weren't satisfied with merely printing on beautiful papers. After decades of printing, we finally decided to dive headlong into the fascinating world of papermaking.
John, the consummate builder/hacker, learned how to construct his own beater to handle medium-scale batches of pulp, wooden molds and deckles, and even built a 33 x 48" CNC machine to cut cast paper molds in varying shapes and sizes.
Here's a fun time-lapse video of pulp spraying multiple layers of different colored pulp to create an abstract landscape:
A sampling of various handmade papers:
One of our favorite current papermaking projects is for a local winery, which brought us yellow mustard flowers to add to custom paper which is then used for letterpress printed wine labels: