Members of Papel Texano have access to the tools and resources of our workshop, and more importantly, the benefits of community and collaboration. While members are free to pursue and develop their craft towards art and/or business, there is an expectation that they will also participate with others in promoting handmade paper as an art form and object of workmanship among the general public, and advocate for each other's efforts and production.
Within specific criteria of quality, only members can use the Papel Texano logo, brand and indicia. As the Papel Texano studio gets recognized for its leading role among cultural institutions in Austin and among other papermaking studios worldwide, the Papel Texano stamp marks high quality work from our associated papermakers, both established and new.
Details regarding the format of membership are still being defined, but essentially intend to make it possible for members to make good paper, learn and improve their skills, and be part of a group of like-minded papermakers. Please email Yama if interested
formerly a garbage disposal and an 18-gallon plastic storage box. Converts repurposed, recycled or purchased pulp into a slurry appropriate for papermaking, circulating it through a vat.
at a cost of $250, this replaces a beater that in its cheapest form would cost $6,000 or more.
- 20-ton paper press, compressed air assisted
formerly a top press for wood block printing, which it still can do, its main use now is to squeeze water from a paper pile, pressing the paper fibers together and significantly reducing drying time. We also use it to emboss paper. Originally a mechanics shop press.
- vaccuum blotter table
removes most of the water from the freshly laid sheet of paper, reducing work done by the press as well as the number of blotters needed. More importantly, retrieves over 65% of the water effluent, that can then be re-used in the process. Traditional papermaking is known as wasteful of water, this built-from-scratch machine reduces that environmental impact. Originally a wet shop vac.
Might be the object of a presentation at the Friends of Dard Hunter Conference in New Mexico this year. See calendar for link
- assorted moulds, deckle, couching plates, felt, blotting pads, vats
optimized for 15x21 inches paper sheets
Because of cost and affordability, as of March 2016 all of our main tool machines are converted from other purposes,
adapted, or built from scratch, several with quite innovative features
- floating sheet formation rig, with motor pump
this will cut water use a further 10-15%, and radically reduce spills and puddles, making Papel Texano welcome indoors :-) (papermaking workshops are notoriously wet - rubber boots tend to be essential gear for professionals)
- solar-powered drying rack
- rotating drum dryer for blotting pads
- another hydropulper, to prepare more than one type or color of pulp at any one time
- larger vat/s