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Re: [BKARTS] pressing kozo paper

I would suggest getting in touch with Timothy Barrett at the University
of Iowa.  If you don't know, he is certainly one of the experts at
making Japanese-type papers, and should provide some sound advice.
Interestingly, Japanese paper is generally not interleaved with felts,
or similar material when pressing as Western-style papers are.  Though
it sounds implausible, the sheets do not stick together- likely due to
the formation/viscosity aids used when casting a sheet.

Doug Sanders

> -----Original Message-----
> From: julie jones [mailto:jjones@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 12:09 PM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: pressing kozo paper
> Hello all.
> I'm wondering if anyone has tried pressing Japanese-style paper,
formed =
> in the Nagashizuki manner, with a VERY slow western-style press.=20
> We are trying to make roughly Eastern-style papers, with middle and
high =
> school students, and have been using slow pressings with water-filled
> garbage cans. The kozo sheets are interleaved with Pelon, allowed to =
> weep overnight, and pressed over a few hours the next day.=20
> Our art teacher wonders if we couldn't use a 2-ton car jack press,
with =
> very gradually increasing pressure, to approximate the slow water
press. =
> We are led to this question by a concern for the balance between =
> tradition and realities such as the need for water conservation.
> Thanks
> Julie Jones
> James Agee Memorial Library
> Sewanee, TN

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