Year: 2021

Video: First run of Monotype Compostion Caster Computer Control

I just posted a video on YouTube of the first run of my Monotype Composition Caster under control of my laptop computer. I have been working on the hardware and software for this interface on and off over several years,

Papermaking Workshop is back!

After about 17 months delay, we’re pleased to announce that we will be holding one of our Introductory Papermaking workshops, on Saturday August 21st, from 9am to 4pm. Because the COVID pandemic has not entirely cleared up, our workshop format

Return of workshops?

We’re still under various restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are slowly easing up a bit. Unfortunately, our local region has been identified as a hot spot for the disease so we are staying under stricter restrictions that

Replacing a defective light switch

A few years ago I installed improved lighting in my basement workshop. Recently I’d been noticing that the light switch sometimes made a “pop” or slight sparking noises when I switched it on or off. This seemed to be getting

Updated Catalogue, New Prices

I’ve just updated our catalogue to (finally) list some new products (kenaf and hemp/cotton pulp, powder retention agent) and remove some discontinued ones (liquid coagulant). Unfortunately we’ve also raised our prices on several products, notably our moulds and deckles. You

Wayzgoose 2021 Anthology

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced this year’s Grimsby Wayzgoose to a virtual event, an Anthology is still being produced. We made a 1-sheet/4-page submission for this on some paper handmade from recycled discards from a local artist. The pulp

A collection of Monotype pumps

Someone recently asked me about spare parts for the pump for a Monotype caster so I went through what I have.     In that last photo, top-to-bottom: A pair of wear shoes for Lanston pump bodies An English standard

Giving up on Strip Casting (for now)

After several unsuccessful attempts at casting strip material on my Monotype Composition Caster, I’m giving up for a while. The problems I’ve been fighting with include: Unfused strip material, which easily breaks up into pieces Blowback through the nozzle seat

Troublesome Monotype Water Valves

The Monotype Composition Caster uses water to keep the mould and surrounding area cool, and the caster is fitted with two valves to control the water flow. The main valve just controls the overall flow. Most of the water flows

Lanston Monotype Pump Cleaning

I recently tried to get strip casting working on my Monotype Composition Caster but gave up after several failures. One suspect was the pump; the strip-casting moulds use a different pump than composition and display casting, and I had never

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