#32 Deckle Joinery: the Mortise Side

I will now try to explain the making of a traditional British deckle joint; mimicking the form but using non-traditional methods. Its elaborate form must have evolved from the necessity of creating deckles that could stand the abuse of being ‘slapped’ onto moulds hundreds of times a day while being constantly in an out ofContinue reading “#32 Deckle Joinery: the Mortise Side”

#31 Tool Kit for Deckle Joinery

A brief review of the tools I use to create this unique and elaborate joint. Most of these tools have been used before when making the mould frame and ribs. Left to right: a 1/4″ straight bit, a 3/8″ by 9 degree dovetail bit, and a 1/8″ straight bit, all to be used with theContinue reading “#31 Tool Kit for Deckle Joinery”

#30 Getting ready to make Deckles

The moulds have been made and now need deckles. These pieces have already been put through some preliminary steps. For a review of these see the early post about seasoning and preparing wood. You may also wish to review the techniques used earlier to prepare the frame stock for the moulds, some of which willContinue reading “#30 Getting ready to make Deckles”

#28 Fit Wove Facing and Sew

A piece of phosphor bronze ‘wire cloth’ is cut to the size needed. I have always used phosphor bronze for this though it is more difficult to find than ‘plain’ bronze or brass. Either of these would likely work well but are less durable. Paper mould wove facings typically are made from wire cloth inContinue reading “#28 Fit Wove Facing and Sew”

#25 Wove Backing

A wove mould’s backing layer is similar to that of a laid mould. I’m not sure why but wove backing wires are usually more closely spaced than those used for laid moulds. At least this was the case with the moulds I was able to examine when getting started years ago. The counting wheel ofContinue reading “#25 Wove Backing”

#26 Making the Grid for Wove Backing

The next step in making a wove mould is to add a wire that passes back and forth across the top to form a grid. This will support the fine wire screen that will be used as a facing. In the photo above the grid is nearly complete; below are the steps needed to createContinue reading “#26 Making the Grid for Wove Backing”

#27 Mould Brass Sheathing

Many moulds made for use in commercial mills are fitted with metal sheathing. Since most of the moulds I make aren’t used this way I rarely use sheathing. The mould used as an example here is a small wove mould made entirely of western larch, both ribs and frame. This choice of wood is anContinue reading “#27 Mould Brass Sheathing”

#24 The Functions of Backing Wires

The function of backing wires in laid moulds Following is my best effort at understanding why paper made on single faced laid and double faced laid moulds turns out so different. I think I’m on the right track but questions remain. Single faced laid moulds make paper with distinctive characteristics. As paper is formed itContinue reading “#24 The Functions of Backing Wires”

#29 Copper Edge Strips and a few more details.

Copper shim stock .015″ thick makes good edge strips. These are needed to protect the edges of the laid and chain wires. But before the strips can be fastened in place there are a few more steps to be done. Bridge wires are inserted between the laid facing and the laid backing at both ends.Continue reading “#29 Copper Edge Strips and a few more details.”

Paper Mould Sold

This is one of the moulds being constructed and documented for this blog. The net proceeds from the sale of this mould will be donated to The University of Iowa Center for the Book Windgate Challenge Grant. For details visit: https://book.grad.uiowa.edu/UICB-2020 The mould sold for $3049.00! As soon as eBay deposits the net amount inContinue reading “Paper Mould Sold”