Lee McDonald

Postal Codenull
Phone Number617-242-2505
E-mail Addresslee@toolsforpaper.com

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1974

First piece of handmade paper: 1974

First handmade paper artwork: 1975

Beginning of active practice: 1974

Lee's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work
  2. Other : equipment builder

Lee's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Apprenticeship

Influences on Lee's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Attending a papermaking conference
  2. Classroom instruction
  3. Other print materials (magazines, newsletters, catalogs)
  4. Other : gettting anNEA grant for a study of equipment for hand papermaking in 1976

Publications initially important to Lee:

  1. the history and tecnique of an ancient craft : dard Hunter
  2. Pulp Technology & Treatment for Paper : Jame's D'A Clark

Publications eventually important to Lee:

Countries where Lee's studied:

Raw materials used by Lee in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely

Chemicals used by Lee for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes

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

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Rarely
  1. blender

Style of sheet forming used by Lee in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes

Years teaching hand papermaking: grad school , college, adult ed

Teaching formats used by Lee:

Used Routinely
  1. classes
  2. demonstrations
Used Sometimes
  1. lectures
  2. workshops

Lee's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. a little


I started out getting interested in paper in college and letter press printing. I studied architecture in school and I beleive read something by John Ruskin about how type was the building blocks of books. I traveled across country and visited Twinrocker and got invited to come for the summer and I ended up spending 3 years there first as an apprentice. After I left I moved to Boston and started making papermaking equipment