paperTHINKtank is now a fully equipped papermaking studio!
Since 2013, we have worked towards acquiring and equipping the studio, and it is pretty darn amazing that all of the “wish list” items are now here!
There are of course still materials that are needed or could be improved, so if you are interested in helping to furnish these items with either in-kind donation or financial contribution, please scroll down for more information.
Our 1 lb. Valley Beater macerates the RAW FIBER with water to make PAPER PULP. Beating times vary from 30 min (for a light cotton paper) to 6-8 hours (for a finely beaten pulp that produces translucent or sculptural results, as with abaca or flax).
- Valley Beater ACQUIRED in Dec. 2012
- Valley Beater #2 ACQUIRED in Oct. 2015
with enormous THANKS to Carol Cole!
Vats / Moulds & Deckles
The VAT contains the PAPER PULP and extra water. MOULDS & DECKLES are used to scoop the PULP from the VAT to create each sheet of paper individually, shaking front to back and side to side in Western sheetforming.
Mould sizes are: 8 x 10″; 9 x 12″; 12 x 18″; 14 x 20″; 19 x 26″; 42 x 84″ (giant paper!)
Vats: 24 x 36 x 12″ (large); 16 x 20 x 4″ (small)
Couching Station & Felts
At the COUCHING STATION, freshly made sheets of paper are turned out onto FELTS. Sheets of FELT, or synthetic felt called PELLON, are interleaved between the wet sheets of PAPER to absorb excess water.
The PAPER PRESS is crucial to making strong and durable sheets of paper. By customizing the frame of a hydraulic press with bottle jack, a wet paper press can press a post of up to 50 sheets of wet paper at once.
- Still needed:
- Custom platen welding & materials $200
The DRYING STACK is where wet papers are placed after they have been PRESSED. Interleaved between blotting papers and cardboard, even weight / pressure is applied to the top of the stack and PAPER dries smoothly and strongly in just over 24 hours.
We seem to always need more of…
- Felts and pellons ($5 /yd for pellon)
- 5-gallon buckets with lids ($6 new)
- Blotter papers ($10 per pair)
- energy efficient DEHUMIDIFIER ($175 new)
In kind donations are gratefully accepted. Please send an email to
email@example.com to arrange a drop off or pick up.