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WS Hodgkinson - handmade paper at Wookey Hole

W.S. Hodgkinson & Co., Ltd. A few years ago we were fortunate enough to buy around 8000 sheets of handmade paper by WS Hodgkinson from the mill's in-house artist who bought them when the mill closed down in 1972. These papers were due to be sent for re-pulping and converted into South American currency before he stepped in and saved them at the very last moment (they were about to be loaded onto a train). He used them for his own work until he retired.  Designed as "Drawing Papers", essentially for watercolour, over the past few years these have also been used in letterpress, screen printing, digital inkjet, drawing, pastel, pen & ink, marbling and bookbinding.    History of WS Hodgkinson...

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J WHATMAN - THE MASTER OF WESTERN PAPERMAKING

INTRODUCTION Over the years Vintage Paper Co has had the good fortune to handle paper from many manufacturers, both historical and contemporary and there is absolutely no doubt that J Whatman consistently produced the finest quality paper we have ever seen. This is the reason we are in love with Whatman paper - it's the best paper ever made. This piece attempts to explain the history and the process of Whatman's papermaking from the earliest days. A BRIEF HISTORY WHY IS J WHATMAN SO IMPORTANT IN THE WORLD OF PAPER MAKING? James Whatman invented wove paper at Turkey Mill in the 1750s. All paper made before the 1750s was laid. J Whatman paper has been made at two sites in its...

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Rag Paper.

Paper is the most important invention ever - even more so that the internet. Yep, I just said that!

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Whatman Deckle & Mould

I've been gifted a deckle and mould (yeah, I know!!!) which is a piece of paper making equipment.It's not for sale and never will be (BECAUSE I LOVE IT!!!!)  but I thought it'd be an opportunity to show it and share it with you and explain what it does if you don't already know. For those of you that do know, hope you enjoy the pics! This is a pretty big deckle and mould (1175 x 450 mm). It's a piece of equipment used to make paper by hand.A deckle and mould is a wooden frame with a metal mesh bed. From the serial number on the mould we can see when it was manufactured: September 1916. W&R Balston the company who made...

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