Category: Hand Papermaking

the Papertrail at Kitchener Maker Expo, June 2nd & 3rd

Kitchener’s Maker Expo, an interactive showcase of makers & DIY culture, is coming up Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2018, at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium—Kinsmen Arena. The show runs from 11am to 5pm both days and admission is

Upcoming Papermaking Workshop, June 9th 2018

We will be holding our Introductory Hand Papermaking workshop on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. This course covers the basic materials, equipment, and processes used for making paper by hand. Techniques include basic sheetforming, couching, pressing, and drying, as well as

the Papertrail on local TV

CKCO-TV (aka CTV Southwestern Ontario) recently did an item on the Papertrail for their Made Right Here series which features area businesses that have interesting products or services. The 3-minute item was broadcast April 28th 2018, but is also available

Upcoming Workshops: Papermaking and Marbling

Coming up in March, we are holding our Introductory Papermaking and Western Marbling workshops on two consecutive Saturdays. The Introductory Papermaking workshop will be held on March the 3rd. This course covers the basic materials, equipment, and processes used for

Tororo-Aoi Pods Ripening

The seed pods on my tororo-aoi plants have started to mature. As this happens, they turn brown, dry out, and develop splits along their five lengthwise ridges. The seeds inside are probably dry and ready for storage for next spring.

Tororo-Aoi (and other) Flowers

My tororo-aoi plants have started blooming. So far, only the transplanted plants are big enough to bloom; the direct-seeded ones are just getting to the point of thinking about producing flower buds, and the plants from the seeds from AliExpress

Surprise Tororo-Aoi Sprouts

About a week ago I planted the tororo-aoi seeds I had purchased through AliExpress into our front garden. I had previously had no success sprouting them indoors, and decided as a last try to direct seed them where my other seeds

Tororo-Aoi Growth

The tororo-aoi seedlings I showed in a previous post have been in the ground for a few weeks now, and, except for the one destroyed by forces unknown, all have grown several true leaves and are 10-15cm (4-6″) tall. I

Tororo-aoi sprouts

I previously mentioned purchasing some tororo-aoi seeds from two suppliers, and I planted five of each to see how well they sprout. After a week in a covered tray on our enclosed porch, all five seeds from Richter’s have sprouted.

Search for Tororo-aoi

This spring I did a small foray into AliExpress to see what interesting products I could find. I ended up ordering three products: kozo (Broussonetia Papyrifera) seeds, Abelmoschus Manihot gum powder, and tororo-aoi (Abelmoschus Manihot) seeds. The gum powder was

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