Introductory Papermaking Workshop, Tuesday July 9th

We’re holding another of our Introductory Papermaking workshops on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, running from 9am to 4pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) at our store in New Dundee.

At the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of making paper from commercially-available pulp and your own recycled paper. We’ll touch on plenty of more advanced topics to give you a good overview of what you can do in papermaking.

Depending on how prolific you are, you’ll make 40-80 5×7″ sheets which you can either take home damp, pick up fully-dry at a later date, or for the cost of postage, we can ship them to you.

The fee for this workshop is $65.00 plus 13% HST, for a total of $73.45 per person, including all materials.

If you’d like to attend this workshop, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed by finding the workshop already full.

Updated font list for handset type

We’ve recently purchased a large lot of matrices for casting type, and so I’ve updated our font list to match. I’m expecting another equally large influx of mats in the next few months as well, and I’ll update the list again when they arrive.

I’m working on making up specimens of our type, but progress is slow so far—I’ve only done two faces!

Wayzgoose 2019 has come and gone (oops!)

We’ve been lax in posting to our blog lately, to the point of forgetting to announce the 2019 Wayzgoose in Grimsby, Ontario!

This event took place at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Library last Saturday, April 27th.

Despite the cool rainy weather outside, the exhibitors were all snug and dry inside, and we had pretty good attendance through the day. This year our table was in the adjacent Carnegie Building (the original Grimsby Public Library), which has its ups (more display space) and downs (having to lug our stuff up half a flight of stairs).

Introductory Papermaking Workshop, May 25th 2019

Some paper made by attendees of a previous workshop. For more subdued personalities, fear not! We make plain sheets too.

We’ve tentatively scheduled another of our Introductory Papermaking workshops for Saturday, May 25th, 2019, running from 9am to 4pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) at our store in New Dundee.

At the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of making paper from commercially-available pulp and your own recycled paper. We’ll touch on plenty of more advanced topics to give you a good overview of what you can do in papermaking.

Depending on how prolific you are, you’ll make 40-80 5×7″ sheets which you can either take home damp, pick up fully-dry at a later date, or for the cost of postage, we can ship them to you.

The fee for this workshop is $65.00 plus 13% HST, for a total of $73.45 per person, including all materials.

If you’d like to attend this workshop, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed by finding the workshop either already full, or cancelled due to lack of bookings.

Server Migration Complete (?)

I think I have everything migrated to our new web and mail servers now.

Please e-mail us (!) at info@papertrail.ca if you encounter any problems.

E-mail server migration

As I mentioned in the previous post, we are changing the servers we use for e-mail and our web site and blog.

We have changed over the e-mail server now, and our regular addresses info@papertrail.ca and orders@papertrail.ca should continue to work, delivering mail to the new server.

We still, however, have not transferred all our old e-mail to the new server, and if we reply to one of these messages, you might get the reply appearing to be from “info@old.papertrail.ca”. We’ll still get the mail (on the old server) if you reply back to such a message, but if you happen to see that you’re composing a reply to us and its destination is “@old.papertrail.ca” you can change that to “@papertrail.ca” so it comes to our new server, where it will get our attention sooner.

Once we transfer our existing e-mail to the new server this should no longer be a concern.

Server migration and resultant outages

We’re in the process of moving our web site and e-mail to a new hosting service in the cloud. They are currently hosted at my day job and I’m used to managing them with command-line tools and direct editing of configuration files, so it is taking me a while to get used to the graphical interfaces that must be used for some things with the new server.

Between that, me making mistakes, and the caching of old or mistaken information that happens throughout the internet, you may experience some outages where you can’t access our web site and/or send us e-mail. We hope to keep these outages to a minimum, especially with e-mail.

Hopefully things will settle down in a week or two. If you’ve e-mailed us and have not received any reply after a day or two, or you get an error e-mailing us and it persists for a day or two, it might be a good idea to call us, because we may not be aware of the problem!

Monotype Computer Control: Diagnosing Air Flow Problems 2

After about a year and a half of ignoring the project, I’m starting again to work on my computer-driven interface for the Monotype Composition Caster. When I left off I was diagnosing problems with the ports having inconsistent air flow from one port to the next. This is the sort of problem that can’t be cured by tweaking the air pressure: If the pressure is high enough for the low-flow ports to work properly, the high-flow ports leak enough air to adjacent ports that they raise more than one air pin in the caster. This crosstalk is inherent in the caster design, and I really can’t do anything to fix it.

My last post on this topic described how I cobbled together a device to measure the flow in the air line that supplies the interface. By leaving the interface off the caster so its outputs go to free air, I can energize the ports one at a time and measure the air flow of each one. Removing parts of the interface itself and repeating these measurements allow me to pinpoint the source of some of the flow restrictions.

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Price Increases on Abaca Pulp, New Kenaf Pulp

We have recently restocked our bleached and unbleached abaca pulp supplies, and unfortunately due to supply cost increases we are forced to raise the price we sell these pulps for.

However, we now also sell kenaf pulp in sheet form. This plant (Hibiscus cannabinus) in the mallow family is grown for its fibrous stems. Note that this plant family also includes okra and tororo aoi. The outer bast fibres are the best for strong paper, but this pulp is produced from the entire plant stem and so includes the shorter fibres from the core of the stem as well. It has a beige colour similar to some darker grades of unbleached abaca.

Here are the updated and new prices:

Unbleached Abaca $27.00/kg
Bleached Abaca $28.50/kg
Kenaf $28.50/kg

The usual quantity discounts continue to apply to these pulps.

Typewriters at the Bound Book Arts Fair

20181209_14541520181209_145225Last Sunday we had a sale table at the 2018 BOUND Book Arts Fair, and in addition to all the vendors there Martin Howard, a collector of antique typewriters, had some of his collection on display. Martin has a web site showing his collection, and he was featured in the recent documentary film California Typewriter.

Someone had asked me about casting some number signs so they could put hashtags in their letterpress work. I had mentioned this to another vendor at the fair (I think it was Nick Kennedy from Trip Print Press), and we mused on why this particular letter might have been chosen for its use in social media. It really has no mnemonic value, unlike @ which can be sensibly read as “at” within an e-mail address. I pointed out, essentially, that it was chosen “because it was there” on the computer keyboard, where its presence originates in older machinery like Teletypes and modern (so to speak) typewriters. We were curious about what special characters older typewriters might have had, and conveniently enough, we had a small selection to examine.

Some of Martin’s typewriters on display had @ and/or # on them, but when we came to look at this typewriter we noticed something interesting that even Martin had not noticed before. Read more ›

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