Tom Bennick

Address68 SE Sunrise Drive
CityMountain Home
Postal Code83647
Phone Number208 587-4169

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1994

First piece of handmade paper: 0

First handmade paper artwork: 0

Beginning of active practice: 2004


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Tom's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work
  2. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  3. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)

Tom's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Other print materials (magazines, newsletters, catalogs)

Influences on Tom's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Tom:

  1. Paper pleasures : Faith Shannon
  2. paper making : Jules Heller
  3. Washi The World of Japanese : Suki Hughs
  4. Papermakers companion : Helen Heibert
  5. Japanese Papermaking : Timothy Barrett

Publications eventually important to Tom:

  1. Hand Papermaking : null

Countries where Tom's studied:

Raw materials used by Tom in Hand Papermaking:

Chemicals used by Tom for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Tom 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 Tom in Hand Papermaking:

Years teaching hand papermaking: Kindergarden to adult

Teaching formats used by Tom:

Used Sometimes
  1. one-on-one in studio
Used Rarely
  1. lectures

Tom's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


I have been experimenting with paper crete without any cement. Many of the sources for paper crete are for building material. I have found it is a wonderful medium for creating more stable and unique paper art. I generally use a 50/50 combination of cotton rag and abaca. I beat it about two hours in my Reina beater. When the paper crete dries it is similar to concert. It is very strong and malleable. This process started several years ago when I was commissioned to make boxes for a person that was selling dog collars. The plane abaca cotton material just did not lend itself to the boxes. At firs I used craft sand that comes on many colors but also rather expensive. The color is nice but still expensive. I have now gone to using play sand at less than 5 bucks for 50 pounds.


THank you for this survey. I hope this will promote the use and making of hand made paper