Profession artisan papermaker

Artisan papermakers create paper slurry, strain it on screens, and dry it manually or using small scale equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Types of paper

    The different criteria used to determine differences in paper types such as coarseness and thickness, and the different fabrication methods and wood types from which the types of paper stem.

  • Drying methods

    Use different methods to dry handmade paper, such as air drying, stamping, wiping, vacuum, and iron drying.

  • Sizes of paper

    Different kinds of paper sizes such as folio, quarto, octavo, and sixteen-mo. Each type indicates how many times the paper has to be folded. While these are older, they are nowadays connected with ISO standards such as the A paper sizes.

  • Types of pulp

    Kinds of pulp are distinguished based on their fibre type and the specific chemical processes through which they were created.

Skills

  • Wash fibres

    Remove the chemical solution of the digesting process, making paper pulp soft and fibrous.

  • Press paper manually

    Press the paper with a couching sheet or felts and press bar, further draining water of the paper and reducing drying time. The goal is to press in a way that the whole of the paper dries evenly. Press bars can be books, couching sheets or mechanically operated paper presses.

  • Make paper slurry

    Create paper slurry or pulp from recycled or used paper with water in mixers and blenders or other equipment. Add colors by adding papers in different colors.

  • Strain paper on mould

    Adjust the paper to the size of the frame and insert a cover paper screen and grid on top of it. Strain the whole, and dump the paper pulp in the opening of the 'mould and deckle'. Distribute the paper pulp, let the water drain out on a metal sheet or cover and remove the mould without the grid.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Meet contract specifications

    Meet contract specifications, schedules and manufacturers' information. Check that the work can be carried out in the estimated and allocated time.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Dry paper manually

    Press a sponge on the pulp and screen to press water or chemical solutions out, forcing the pulp fibres to bond together.

Optional knowledge and skills

create craft prototypes negotiate supplier arrangements quality standards order supplies monitor pulp quality dispose waste concentrate pulp slurry keep personal administration types of bleach types of paint handle financial transactions answer requests for quotation add colour adjust properties of cut