Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paper-Making Trivia

An interesting tidbit from a book describing how paper is made from wood pulp: "as pulp passes through the rollers of the papermaking machine -- some of the largest of these measure over two football fields in length -- the fibers align in the direction they travel, thereby creating a grain.... (By contrast, a handmade paper is "rough-shake," which means of the fibers are distributed randomly across the screen and therefore have no grain.  If you want to tear a handmade paper, you have to fold it, and possibly score it if it is thick.)"

~ From Paperie: The Art of Writing and Wrapping with Paper, a fun coffee-table book from folks at Kate's Paperie with Bo Niles.  Page 56

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