Robert Hauser

AddressP.O.Box 508
Postal Code03458
Phone Number603-924-6425

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1963

First piece of handmade paper: 1968

First handmade paper artwork: 0

Beginning of active practice: 1974


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Robert 's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  3. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  4. Writer on topics related to hand papermaking
  5. Other : Papermaking workshop educator and collector of paper and papermaking materials i.e.Busyhaus Papermaking Archive.

Robert 's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Other : As a student of book design and letterpress printing (School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts) the printing and printmaking instructors introduced students to the qualities of handmade papers (not making handmade paper). It was primarily the book design instructor B. Jones who exposed me to the physical and aesthetic paper choices that existed.

Influences on Robert 's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Robert :

  1. My Life with Paper 1968 : Dard Hunter
  2. Technique of an Ancient Craf t 1967 : Dard Hunter
  3. The Papermakers 1954-1970 : Hercules Powder Co.
  4. Papermaking:Art & Craft 1968 : Library of Congress
  5. The Beauty & Longevity of the Original Print 1966 : Tamarind Institute

Publications eventually important to Robert :

  1. The Revolution in Papser 1977 : American Artists Magazine
  2. The Art of Papermaking 1983 : Bernard Toale
  3. Art & Craft of Handmade Paper 1977 : Vance Studley
  4. Paper & Papermaking 1968 : F.H.Norris
  5. Papermaking 1978 : Jules Heller

Countries where Robert 's studied:

  1. England : R.J.MacDonald, T.D.R. Powell, etc.
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio
  2. Holland : Henk Voorn (paper scholar) Van Gelder Papermaking Mills, etc.
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio
  3. Italy : Nicolo Milano (Amalfi Papermaking), Fabriano Mill, etc.
    1. visit to mill or artist studio
  4. Germany : Gutenberg Printing Museum, Mainz, etc.
    1. other : Book & Printing Sites and Research Institutions, etc.

Raw materials used by Robert in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. cotton rag - fiber prepared in house
  2. other fiber : Papermaking workshop purchased cotton rag pulp from Twinrocker as the primary supplier c. 1974-1980.
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Chemicals used by Robert for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Robert for beating in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
  1. paint mixer or Whiz Mixer
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Robert in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 1974-1980

Teaching formats used by Robert :

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Robert 's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


A individual narrative regarding my paper and papermaking activities is best understood through these eight publications written from 1977-2013. History as History: Hand Papermaking, Vol.28, No.2 Winter 2013* Tracing and Duplicating Papers: New Bedford Preservation Society,1994 Papermakers and Papermaking in America: The Guild of BookWorkers Journal, Vol. XXVII, No.2 Fall 1989* Face to Face: Twelve American Wood Engraving Artists: Busyhaus & Penmaen Press Publication, 1985 American Decorative Papermakers: Busyhaus Publication, 1984 (out of print). Paper Its History and Conservation: Rising Paper Company, 1980 Decorative Papers for the Fine Printer: The Guild of BookWorkers Journal, Vol. XVIII, No.1 1985 (1979-1980) Restoration Papers: Busyhaus Publications & National Endowment for the Arts, 1977 (out of print) * primary sources


I was impressed with the scope of this documentation project. It reminds me of the adage: "The devil is in the details." I thank all involved with this mission and look forwad to further additions and contributors. Other Notes: Page 2. I have checked restricted access to avoid opening e-mail exposure. Written letters from individuals are welcomed. Page 4 no.4 The exact year has become difficult to remember. I am reasonably sure it was in 1968 give or take a year before then when I would of been experimenting. Page 6 no.8 I am reasonably sure my book design instructor was B. Jones. This may need to be corrected once I can better confirm name. Also, Vera Freeman was a paper specialist at Andrews, Nelson and Whitehead who was generous with my many questions about handmades and paper in general. Page 11 no.20 When I was involved with papermaking workshops my income could of been considered as somewhat. Currently my sourceof income doesn't involve papermaking workhops. Page 13 no.5 This would be NA. Other: Somehow I failed to add the following as a narrative description of related paper and papermaking programs which should be added. Summary: 1963 First year student at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1963-1967) 1968 American & European paper studies, formation of Busyhaus, etc. 1973 Master of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 1973 First mailing of a broadside offering the Busyhaus Papermaking Workshop 1974 First papermaking workshop held at Harcourt Bindery, Boston 1975 First traveling papermaking workshop held at the University of Dallas, Texas 1976 The Busyhaus windmill logo registered with U.S. Trademark & Patent Office 1980 From 1974-1980 some 60 papermaking workshops and 30 lectures were held Note: The papermaking workshops I estimate allowed twelve hundred students to form, we can assume their first laid mould sheet of handmade paper. The workshops and lectures were given at art schools, historical societies, museums universities, etc. The workshop included information about the history of paper, Asian papermaking methods, a papyrus making demonstration, the archival quality of artist's papers, the making of permanent and durable papers, industrial & machine papermaking technology, etc. From 1974-1980 the papermaking workshop was the primary educational activity offered by Busyhaus Associates. After 1980 museum conservation and museum studies are now my primary activity. Robert Hauser January 13, 2014