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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1973
First piece of handmade paper: 1973
First handmade paper artwork: 1973
Beginning of active practice: 1973
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Years teaching hand papermaking: 1979- 2002 approx.
I began Papermaking in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin in Walter Hamady‘s lab and Joe Wilfer from The Madison Art Center. Within a few years I had my own Valley 1.5 lb. cast, brass beater, Lee Scott McDonald and E. Amies & Son English made moulds, and a 54” x42” bed/ 90-ton hydraulic press… I bumbled forward, inventing several drying systems. There was so much secrecy in those days. By 1980 I’d left my teaching position to devote all my time to making a sellable product. The first thing I did was, travel to Europe for 3 months. This time to visit 5 historic paper sites. -Moulin Richard De Bas in France -De Schoolmeester, windmill in Holland -Wookie Hole, Hayle Mill and J Barcham Green in England -Lawrence Barker in Barcelona (a contemporary papermaking with rich historic surroundings) -Fabriano Paper Mill, in Italy They were all wonderfully accommodating, even thought this was before they were organized as destinations. I, also, benefited from amazing experiences during the offerings of the 1983 International Hand Papermaking Conference in Japan. In the early “80’s, I saw the arts & crafts festivals gain national momentum. People were fascinated by my demonstrations and visual aids. Teaching about paper helped me earned a good living and enjoy a lively life-style. The harder I worked the better the shows were, so I keep making paper, making pictures and driving. The Prints and The Pulper (TM) (my DBA name) bought all of Henry Morris’s paper equipment from his Bird & Bull Press, in 1992, to gain the 10lb Nobel and Wood beater. I am now, relocating my paper mill to central Ohio, where I live in a spacious rural, rustic setting… perfect for renewal.
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