Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Deckle detecting

Here's an interesting article (, especially because it has the perfect explanation of how a deckle edge is formed when making paper by hand. (The deckle edge is that feathery edge to handmade paper):

Paper begins as a suspension of fibres in a water slurry that is drained through a screen. A frame temporarily placed around the screen to restrain the mixture in place is known as a deckle. A papermaker lifts the deckle after draining sufficient water and before pressing the paper with felt and continuing the process to a finished sheet.

The deckle cannot make a perfect seal against the screen, and fibres seep under its edge, which creates the rough-edged pattern.

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