#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”

#23 Sewing a Double Faced Laid Mould

Backing and facing wires have been fitted to this mould; the next step is to sew them to the ribs. A soft (annealed phosphor bronze, in this case .010″ diameter) sewing wire follows a spiral path for the length of each rib to bind the wires to it. The ribs have been drilled at regularContinue reading “#23 Sewing a Double Faced Laid Mould”

#22 Fitting Backing and Facing to a Double Faced Laid Mould

The mould frame is finished, a backing and a facing have been made for it. Now the parts are fitted together prior to sewing the wires to the ribs. Fitting the Backing The twists on one side are trimmed to fit into the notches cut in the frame. The backing has been made wider thanContinue reading “#22 Fitting Backing and Facing to a Double Faced Laid Mould”

#21 Making a Backing on the Loom

Another post details the process of making a laid facing. Most of that information also applies to this post so it is worthwhile to review both to gain a fuller picture. The mould is ready to receive its wire parts. A wire backing fresh off the loom is curvy but will flatten out when tapedContinue reading “#21 Making a Backing on the Loom”

#17 Finishing the Mould Frame

This post covers the remaining steps needed to prepare a double faced laid mould to receive its wire facing and backing. The topic of ledges and how they relate to backing wires in wove and laid moulds seems to need some explanation. It is important to understand the purpose of these structures so this postContinue reading “#17 Finishing the Mould Frame”