March 15, 2014 Intro to papermaking workshop 1-4pm

Three kinds of paper made by our extremely productive intern.
We have received some requests for beginning level or refresher classes so we added one in March and may add one in April. The paper studio has some nice new moulds and felts to work with this year.

Learn how to create your own unique sheets of (Western-style) paper. We’ll start by making a pulp using our Oracle beater, and then pull sheets. We’ll do a few plain sheets so you can get the hang of it, and then explore the possibilities of handmade paper until we run out of material.

Eventbrite - Intro to Papermaking

Paper does need to dry overnight in our restraint system, so plan to come back to retrieve your dry sheets. If you won’t be able to make it back to the studio, bring a flat-rate envelope with postage so we can mail it to you.

Wear comfortable shoes with good soles — our floor can get slippery. Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting wet.

Email with any questions.

We will require a minimum of four people to run the class. If not enough people sign up, we’ll refund you. If you must cancel for any reason, contact us at least 48 hours before the class is scheduled to run.


I realized that I scheduled one of our wood type fundraisers to conflict with another thing I’m doing. So. The Thursday, December 12th evening demo/workshop is canceled. Sorry about that! We’ll make up for it in the new year.

Tuesday, 17 December: still on, if you’re interested. Sign up today!

We’re also offering a papermaking intensive in January, so check that out as well.



A few weeks ago, we got this beauty into the shop:

Superior Press

(That is a factory-original paint job. It’s not quite so bright in person, but it’s still pretty impressive.)

We’d like to get it new rollers, so we can do fun small-scale printing. (The rollers may also be factory original. Or I might be exaggerating slightly for effect …)

I also went to Letterpress Things recently and found not one but two delightful fonts of 6-line (that’s an inch) wood type. Here’s one of them:

complete wood type

(Look at those g’s!)

All this means we need funds! (To help pay for the type & more importantly to get new rollers for the lovely new press.)

We’re offering special fundraiser card-printing workshops on December 12th & 17th: a Tuesday and a Thursday, so hopefully everyone can find time in their schedule. I’ll set up as many of the presses as are sufficiently functional (that’s at least two, but I’ll test the tabletops’ rollers and if they work, we’ll use them) with holiday/winter-themed text from the new wood type. (If there’s sufficient interest, we’ll consider adding a Sunday session, so send us email.)

$60 / all materials included / attendance max. 12 / 3 hrs (6:30-9:30pm)

Register for Thursday, December 12 at Eventbrite by clicking here.

Register for Tuesday, December 17 at Eventbrite by clicking here.

email with questions

Open Studios Dec. 7 and 8, 10-5pm

Come visit the Stove Factory Studios Dec. 7 and 8, from 10 to 5 pm artists will have their studios open on all 3 floors. We will have paper, prints, and books for sale. If you haven’t seen the studios yet it’s also a great chance to check out the equipment and talk about projects.

For more information on the other artists in the building visit the Artist Group of Charlestown website

Last minute plans! Awesome!

Dearest Readers,

We’re pleased to tell you that TOMORROW (Sunday, October 6) we’ll* be at the Harvard Book Store Warehouse weekend event. For more information, check their website. There are other entertaining folks attending, and books! So many books! Many of them on sale! (They’re offering a discount on art books. This has the potential to be a dangerously good deal!)

We’ll be bringing paper, blank books, and cards. There will likely be fun surprises.

Come visit! (The HBS warehouse is 14 Park Street in Somerville, near Artisans Asylum and pretty darn close to Union Square.) Doors open at 10 and it’s all over at 6.

* We, in this case, means Melinda. Julia may also show up as relief for a couple of hours. Ask Melinda about technology and paper. Trust me, it’s likely to be entertaining.

What we’ve been up to

I’m well on the way to finishing another book — I’ve got the interior sheets all prepped, and now I need to make one more design decision & do covers. This does include making paper for the covers, which is going to be fun as long as the weather cooperates. I have a few pounds of blue and grey cotton, and a handful of black silk, which … well, time will tell.

Finished sheets! Almost a book.

Finished sheets! Almost a book.

Our intern, K., is getting lots of practice with rag, and this week she’s going to try making paper for her printmaking class next semester.

Three kinds of paper made by our extremely productive intern.

Three kinds of paper made by our extremely productive intern.

Melinda has been making progress on her epic vacuum table plan. She’s also been making noises about large-scale marbling again, which is always a good time.

We had a printer come in and do some work on the Vandy, which was lots of fun — it’s deeply entertaining to see how people who know their way around a clamshell react to the cylinder press.

And last, but not least, now that we have a functional electric guillotine (yeah!), life in the print shop is even more fun. And easier. I cut a lot of chipboard for our booth at the Boston Handmade market last weekend. So satisfying. (Now I need to put the good blade on so I can cut some paper…)