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Re: [BKARTS] rolls of paper and grain



I felt like I was sitting by a fire and listening to grasshopper. Thanks.

Mimi
www.mimichenting.com
STILL WATER WORKS
El Prado, NM / Sausalito, CA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Leonard Seastone" <LSeastone@xxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2005 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: rolls of paper and grain


Shannon,

It can't be.

In the making of paper by mechanical means the pulp, slurry, is forced
onto a
moving screen. The screen drops away and the paper after several other
possible processes, including drying, is curled into a roll.

Think of the grain as the fibers of the paper, which if fact it is. Those
fibers align with the direction and flow of the slurry. Visually and also
physically it is very much like throwing a popsicle stick into a stream:
the stick
will not float downstream sideways, it turns lengthwise in the direction
of the
flow.

Paper flows the same way.

If you were to try and balance a sheet of paper on your fingertip it will
not
stand. If you carry that sheet of paper from its corner between your
fingers
it will flow downward much like the water which it once was largely
comprised.
Think of paper as a flow of water that has been temporarily stilled and
you
will stop trying to shovel against its tide.

Carry a sheet of paper like carrying a waterfall and it will not crimp in
your hand. Tear paper as if you were a surfer on a board and it will carry
you
along with it. Fold paper with the grain and your book will flow with
ease.
Reduction of stress in the book will give it life and a longer life to
boot.

I try first to relieve the stress of fighting the grain inside myself when
first handling materials.

Leonard Seastone
The Tideline Press

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