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Judith Browning
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I've always had a fascination for paper making and for awhile thought it could be my next home based business.

There are many fibers that can be processed into paper with the proper tool.....linen, cotton, rami cloth from thrift store clothing and woodland fibers also. This is many steps away from 'blender paper' or 'dryer lint paper' which is only using fibers that are already broken down.........

My thoughts were to turn it into a major local recycling project using our local thrift store as a main fiber source.

The Hollander beater is the tool used for breaking down fibers into the right size for making sheets of paper.
I think there would be many practical uses for this paper around ones homestead.....wall coverings, insulation, planting pots in addition to the obvious art papers.









 
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This is absolutely amazing.

The first thing that comes to my mind is using vegetable inks and printing out permaculture leaflets / one page flow charts for dummies and selling that as well.
 
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Shaz Jameson wrote:This is absolutely amazing.

The first thing that comes to my mind is using vegetable inks and printing out permaculture leaflets / one page flow charts for dummies and selling that as well.


Yes! great ideas, Shaz
The Hollander beater is the expensive part of the process and is the thing that blocked me from going ahead with it. Now, I've gone on to other things but I still thing this is a good idea for a home based business. I think someone with a lot of skill could build the beater part or it might be a project for a Kickstarter campaign for somebody.
 
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It's funny, I live in the Netherlands and in the state of North Holland (Holland, Hollander, beater). I'm curious to see whether there are any of these still in use as 'artisanal' machines or so. That could be quite interesting.
 
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Quick update - the Dutch wikipedia page for papermills refers explicity to these traditional paper mills, whereas the english wikipedia page looks more more at industrialisation.

It appears there are three remaining Hollander beaters which are actually museum relics, though there is one working Hollander paper mill that only stopped working in the 60s because it was no longer economically feasible, using the power of water from the canal (water is something htere is a lot of in the Netherlands..). The Middle Mill was restored in 2001 that functions as a working museum - see Wikipedia here and webpage here (sorry, Dutch only).

Here is a (slow) video of the industrialised production process.



It appears their sell specialised paper, both for family albums/events but also for art restorators that need old-school paper.

What I can't seem to find is where they source their pulp from. It would be an excellent way to close the loop and recycle, though as it is now it is framed as a speciality thing rather than a ' cool and hip ' thing.
 
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thanks for posting more info, Shaz...that is all new to me I'm looking forward to anything else you run across.

Here is a picture of one that I briefly tried to convince my husband to make a tub for (he is a bucket cooper). Woodware Designs This web site has a lot of information about building the press and the process using the beater.




 
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a short snip about the Hollander Beater from Hand Papermaking

Necessity inspires invention, and 17th-century Dutch papermakers looked for alternatives to the water-powered stamp mills used in Germany. Though the name is lost, and the date is in question (between 1660 and 1682), we know that an inventor in Holland eventually came up with a method for beating pulp that required no river power, did away with the additional time-consuming step of fermentation, and produced a higher quality product. The machine this inventor produced is today named simply after its country of origin.


...and a few more videos:





 
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I have this book...It covers both history and 'how to'. I found it very informative and inspiring..... I'm sure there are many others also.


Papermaking by Jules Heller

here is the book summary from amazon
Shows how to make paper for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, etc. In step-by-step photos, leading artists demonstrate their favorite methods and techniques.


it is available at amazon us



 
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An article here Spinning a Tale by Velma Bolyard / images: Photos by Hannah Stevens
Velma Bolyard wrote: I sewed the pages into the cover with a traditional stationer's style of binding which dates back to medieval Europe. Thus the book includes pages made from many papers, including day lily, cotton rag, iris, hickory, hosta, slippery elm, dogbane, and others.


 
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