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Re: Hemp Fibers
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Hemp Fibers
- From: Kathy Hamre <khamre@EAGLE.WBM.CA>
- Date: Fri, 28 Mar 1997 10:13:44 -0600
- Message-Id: <199703281609.IAA22734@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Hi Uri and others,
>I would appreciate any kind of information about Hemp fibers for paper making.
There are at least two kinds of hemp available in sheets or raw fibre for
paper making. Manila Hemp (also known as Abaca) comes from the leaves of a
plant in the banana family (musa textilis). It has long silky fibres and
makes very strong, thin sheets.
The other hemp (cannabis sativa) is from the same family as marijuanna, but
does not contain the halucinogenic chemical. It is available in sheets from
a number of handmade paper mills. It is a fibre that has been used for
hundreds of years to make paper and textiles. It is also very strong.
I don't know how much help information about North American sources will be
to you, but some of these places do ship things internationally, so here is
a list of possible supliers here.
1546 Chatelain Ave.
Ottawa, Ont. Canada
Telephone 613-728-4669 Fax 613-728-7796
Carriage House Handmade Paperworks
8 Evans Road
Brookline Mass. 02146 USA
Twinrocker Handmade Paper
P.O. Box 413
Brookston, Indiana 47923
Fax: (317) 563-8946(TWIN)
Lee Scott McDonald
Fine Hand Papermaking Equipment
Charlestown, MA, 02129 USA
Tel: (617) 242-2505
Fax: (617) 242-8825
Gold's Artworks, Inc.
2100 North Pine Street
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358
Fax: (910) 739-9605
2527 Magnolia Street
Oakland, California 94607
Tel: (510) 839-5268
Fax: (510) 893-8334
There are some hand paper mills in the UK and Europe, but I don't know if
they sell pulp sheets or if they only sell their finished products.
You can also join the papermaking list. I'm sure there are folks on that
list who have lots of ecperience with hemp fibre. You can join by sending
an e-mail to:
with the message:
subscribe paper-L your name
I took a look at your website - very nice. Good luck with your hemp paper.