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Though paper can be made from cold pulp it is much better to work with it warm. The water then drains from the mould more quickly and the vatman is less likely to suffer from chilblains. A jug of boiling water added occasionally will keep things right. An electric heating plate fitted into the base is a refinement which rivals the steam pipes used in the professional vats. The professional also has a stirring mechanism known as the hog which keeps the fibres moving in suspension and pre- 45 The Vat vents their settling to the bottom.

The more water resisting, the longer the wooden boards will last, and I do strongly recommend teak. At first, however, use whatever you can get. The really important thing is to get going somehow as quickly as possible and to make improvements later. Pressin8 Equipment Paper makers' felts may once have been made from lightly compressed unwoven wool or hair. Nowadays, however, though the term 'felt' is still retained, a specially woven woollen blanket material is used. This has strong, combed and well-twisted wool for the warp to give long and hard wear, but the weft is of carded wool more loosely spun to give good drainage.

In the first place it was developed for large quantity production of uniform smooth sheets to supply the demand of printers and stationers. They required standard materials which offered no impediment to writing or printing. We are not governed by these requirements and therefore, at any rate at first, we can keep the 64 Separating, Wet Pressing and Drying A VelY delicale loveh is needed for lifling wei sheels from felts lovely texture natural to the process. Also, it is very difficult to lay a pile of wet sheets quite evenly and without creases.

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