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Re: Hemp Fibers

Hi Uri and others,

You wrote:
>I would appreciate any kind of information about Hemp fibers for paper making.

There are at least two kinds of hemp available in sheets or raw fibre for
paper making.  Manila Hemp (also known as Abaca) comes from the leaves of a
plant in the banana family (musa textilis).  It has long silky fibres and
makes very strong, thin sheets.

The other hemp (cannabis sativa) is from the same family as marijuanna, but
does not contain the halucinogenic chemical.  It is available in sheets from
a number of handmade paper mills.  It is a fibre that has been used for
hundreds of years to make paper and textiles.  It is also very strong.

I don't know how much help information about North American sources will be
to you, but some of these places do ship things internationally, so here is
a list of possible supliers here.
The Papertrail
1546 Chatelain Ave.
Ottawa, Ont. Canada
K1Z 8B5
Telephone 613-728-4669  Fax 613-728-7796

Carriage House Handmade Paperworks
8 Evans Road
Brookline Mass. 02146  USA

Twinrocker Handmade Paper
Kathryn Clark
P.O. Box 413
Brookston, Indiana 47923
Tel: 1-800-757-8946(TWIN)
Fax: (317) 563-8946(TWIN)

Lee Scott McDonald
Fine Hand Papermaking Equipment
Box 264
Charlestown, MA, 02129  USA
Tel: (617) 242-2505
Fax: (617) 242-8825

Gold's Artworks, Inc.
2100 North Pine Street
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358
Tel: 1-800-356-2306
Fax: (910) 739-9605

2527 Magnolia Street
Oakland, California 94607
Tel: (510) 839-5268
Fax: (510) 893-8334

There are some hand paper mills in the UK and Europe, but I don't know if
they sell pulp sheets or if they only sell their finished products.

You can also join the papermaking list.  I'm sure there are folks on that
list who have lots of ecperience with hemp fibre.  You can join by sending
an e-mail to:


with the message:

subscribe paper-L your name

I took a look at your website - very nice.  Good luck with your hemp paper.



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