Nooo not a bookie…but a Medieval and Renaissance paper & book maker.
Shot taken at the Historical Festival in Raalte, Netherlands I visited during the Easter weekend 2012.
My equipment: Eyes, hands, mind, soul, Canon Eos 30D
*Paper is recorded as being manufactured in Italy by 1220 and Germany by 1400, just about the time when the woodcut printmaking technique was transferred from fabric to paper in the old master print and popular prints
Paper was made from rags, usually linen.
The rags are dampened and left to rot for four or five days.
Then placed in a stamping mill which transforms the rotting rags into a pulp of long fibers.
The pulp is then transferred into a large vat which is kept agitated and warm.
Using a mould (an oblong rectangular wire sieve mounted on a wood frame), fitting the deckle (a removable wooden rim which could be fitted on to the mould to make it into a tray-like sieve with a raised edge), and then dipping it into the vat so that the pulp-solution drains through the mould. This left a layer of matted fibers on the mould as the water drains away.
The newly-made piece of paper is placed onto a piece of felt.
The pile of wet paper and felt, known as the post, is subsequently placed in a screw press, and much of the water is pressed out. This process will repeat several to press the water out of the pile of paper.
The paper is then taken in groups of four or five sheets, which were dried suspended from ropes in a specially constructed drying loft. Drying the sheets in groups keeps them from wrinkling.