Papermaking

Fine paper is one of the essential tools for making fine books, and the handmade sheet is the original and still the best. The commercial hand- and mouldmade mills are now almost all gone, but there is a strong movement to recreate fine papermaking. Below we list some resources for modern fine papers and their manufacture as both craft and art.


Alternative Papers
An article showing alternative sources for papermaking, such as "Trash into paper," "Hemp paper ," "Paper from grass clippings" and much more. Published in Better World 'Zine (BWZ) as part of the article Environmentally Friendly Papers.

Center of the Book Handmade Paper
Western and Japanese-style papers are for sale here.

Cotton Press™
A suppler for hand cast papermaking supplies.

Magnolia Online
A San Francisco area company selling, among other things, papermaking kits, specialty papers, and books on papermaking. They specialize in papermaking for art.

Marblitaly
The Marblitaly firm produces marbled paper with the traditional old system for bookbinding and papermaking workshop.

Papermaking Resources
Presented by Briar Press, here is a resource for papermaking of all kinds, including an on-line guide to making paper at home.

Papermaking with Hawaiian Plants
An article in Mahalo Islander Magazine about papermaking in Hawaii.

The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking
The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. Website hosted by Institute of Paper Science and Technology.

Stephen Herold Fine Paper
A source for fine antique handmade papers, mostly English, before 1972 and smooth hotpress finish. They are ideal for calligraphy and drawing, but many artists use them for watercolors or other media with great results. Guaranteed for 1,000 years if not abused. Many one of a kind sheets appear from time to time, but these handmade papers are a rapidly disappearing species.

Twinrocker Handmade Paper On-Line
A noted and long established manufacturer of handmade paper in America. They also supply materials and information for paper making.

The Watermark Archive
An archive of watermark images, a corresponding database of paper descriptions and a bibliographical database.



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