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Re: [BKARTS] pressing kozo paper

    At the Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, we made Japanese paper and
used a jack press. otherwise, we would never have gotten the stuff ready to
work in one session.  We did observe the water press and knew how to make

> I'm wondering if anyone has tried pressing Japanese-style paper, formed in the
> Nagashizuki manner, with a VERY slow western-style press.
> 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.
> 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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