Definitions for "Handmade Paper"
Keywords:  deckle, shaken, mould, vat, uneven
In 1390 the first paper mill producing European handmade paper was mad from linen whose fibers were crushed and bleached. Until today production methods haven't really changed. The adding of a huge amount of water creates a pulp, out of which the paper is dipped with a rectangular screen. After the water has dripped off, the felt-like layer is pressed and dried. The paper's size, its surface irregularities and its watermark are all due to the screen. Another characteristic feature of this paper are its deckle edges, irregular lines along which the paper is getting thinner.
Paper that has been formed from pulp using a hand-held mold, matrix, or other device.
Paper made by hand using a mould (a frame covered with a flat, rigid screen or flexible screen). In both cases the mould is covered by a flat frame called a deckle, to contain the run-off of wet pulp, dipped into a vat of wet pulp, shaken to distribute the fibers evenly and drained of its excess water. The wet mat of fibers remaining in the newly formed sheet is then dried against blankets & may be hot pressed, cold pressed, or air dried.