Robert Walp

AddressPO Box 316
Postal Code12817
Phone Number518-338-5238

First interest in hand papermaking process: 2004

First piece of handmade paper: 2004

First handmade paper artwork: 0

Beginning of active practice: 2006


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Robert's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  3. Production hand papermaker

Robert's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Books

Influences on Robert's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Robert:

  1. Hand Papermaking : Bernard Toale

Publications eventually important to Robert:

  1. Papermaking : Dard Hunter

Countries where Robert's studied:

Raw materials used by Robert in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
  1. cotton linters - purchased fiber
  2. cotton rag half-stuff - purchased fiber
  3. other fiber : linen rag, jute, day lily, cattail
Used Rarely

Chemicals used by Robert for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Robert in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely
  1. deckle box

Years teaching hand papermaking: 2011-2013

Teaching formats used by Robert:

Used Routinely
Used Rarely

Robert's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


My paper making work is almost entirely sheet forming. I rarely sell sheets, but use them routinely in my letterpress printed fine press and artist book work. Most of my production is therefore off-white cotton rag or linter sheets, although I also make colored sheets for end papers, covers stock, etc. I have a dedicated space attached to my studio for my paper mill. My equipment includes a 1 pound Valley beater, wet press, vat, and 100 sheet drying box. I also make traditional mahogany and brass hand moulds for my own use and for others. I generally work with a 12 x18 mould, although I have other sizes. While not strictly paper making, making hand moulds is a significant part of my income.