Papermaking Pt. 1 | How to Make Everything: Book

the first piece I'll need for my book is paper so I'm going to start with the material that is the origin in the name paper papyrus papyrus is a paper like material made from the pith of the papyrus plant which was common along the Nile River and in other areas of Africa papyrus was first manufactured in Egypt and southern Sudan in 4000 BC papyrus became a popular writing material for centuries as it was cheap and fairly easy to produce however it was fragile and sensitive to moisture and dependent on the limited areas where the papyrus plant grew while the papyrus plant became famous today because of devale ability along the egyptian nile is now nearly extinct there today papyrus is still made in Egypt but almost purely just for tourist trade so what I have here as the papyrus plants the natural resin inside the stock is what gives it its form and holds it all together so it's a pretty straightforward process and really just need the papyrus lance so good cutting after cutting off the stems I have to shave off the outer layer revealing the inner stock when I slice it into strips that are soaked in water then I roll out as much liquid as possible now they're ready to be woven together place between two pieces of cloth they are now pressed together and left to dry under some weights oh my papyrus sets I'll explore the next writing material in our journey through the evolution of paper parchment parchment is a writing material made from the dead skins of animals usually sheep the use of animal skins for writing dates back to his far back as 2500 BC but didn't reach widespread use until the 1st century parchment ended up replacing papyrus due to its greater resilience to moisture and is wider availability more northern areas like Europe parchment was most popular during the Middle Ages and continued to remain a popular luxury writing material even after the introduction of more inexpensive paper previously I was making my suit from scratch and went deer hunting to make leather fortunately I still had some leftover hide that I could use for making parchment the process for turning hide into parchment so it's very similar to what I did before to tan the hide into leather first you need to scrape off all the hair so deers are covered in ticks even after they die they're still still stuck to the hide giant one right here fortunately they seem to be good at this time then instead of tending the hide I stretch it over a frame and scrape off any remaining flesh and fat and let it dry in the Sun after a few days additional scraping is done during this time the height is rewetting and the eyes are tightened to help flatten the parchment further after a few more days of drying the parchment is finally done while parchment remained a common writing material centuries there's our parchment it was still a dense heavy material that was eventually replaced by what we would typically consider modern-day paper might cut down tree yeah this is no I feel like a man who does good work out now that's coming off wasn't too hard all right not the hard part get into the car back home I remove the bark and use the planer to grind on the log down into small wood shavings then I used a blender to grind them down into a paste next I poured the paste into my sink and ran a screen mesh through it a few times until I had a solid sheet lastly I'll let the resulting piece of paper dry overnight under some weights after letting everything dry overnight I now have my completed first batch paper so first here I have the papyrus which did not turn out all that great because we didn't use mature stocks use much smaller ones it's developed quite a few holes and has not really held together so well so this isn't really going to work for a book unfortunately and then I have a wood pulp paper which kind of has a similar issue it is kind of it's a solid piece but it's all disintegrating and falling apart and does not hold its form at all so in the usual traditional paper making process they use a lot of chemicals and a lot of more advanced machinery than your home blender to break it up and use enzymes to really break it down and bleach to make it more white to get the traditional paper we're used to so this is about as close as I could get with the materials I had which it's not very good but the parchment turned up fairly decent traditionally use sheepskin which results in a much thinner and a little bit closer to paper material but because they use it to your skin because that's what I had available it's a little bit thicker so it's not ideal and it's not super clean or white but it makes a fairly adequate writing material and I think this should work decently in my book so I had some success with the parchment but the wood pulp and the papyrus were not too great so I think later on I'm going to try and revisit these and attempt a little bit better but until then I'm going to learn from some experts about some other ways to make paper in the next episode coming up

49 thoughts on “Papermaking Pt. 1 | How to Make Everything: Book

  1. Dude… You cant skip over how you fit a big ass tree in that little car!… (I just saw my dog trying to fit a 3ft long branch through the doggy door.. I hope you did better than he did)

  2. That's a dull looking axe…
    Just saying
    Oh and the wood base paper you made lack adhesive sooooo of course it would break down and crumble

  3. 6:15 No, it is not because you didn't use mature plant, it is because you didn't freaking wave it at all but just placed one on top of another.

  4. I waisted 8 minutes, looks like this guy waisted a couple of days.. I think we both need to get a life. 😆 lol.

  5. Wood pulp paper starts with 25 to 50mm wood chips that are torn lengthwise in mechanical pulpers especially for newsprint, note, torn not cut as a blender would do. Chemical pulping uses Sodium bisuphate to disolve the lignin.
    Making paper out of cotton fiber is much easier (its just a thin cotton felt).

  6. I would use the papyrus nonpaper as a/the decoration on a cover made from hide …. for a book with actual factory-made paper pages. HISTORY IN THE MAKING.

  7. "I feel like a man."
    I LOLed … but I`m with`ya! I`d feel successful, too {as a 50yo woman who`s never chopped a tree down}.
    back to watching

  8. I'm sorry, but thas skin is nowere close to parchment. Its just hard dried skin. Parchment has to be thin and very flexible

  9. the reason why your wood paper didnt work is beause you pasted it in the blender the paper gets its tensile strength from the longer fibers. also it would binded better if you did a month long soak of the raw wood plus lye water boil for 10plus hours before straining

  10. He forgot hemp. It makes better paper that does not yellow as easily. Was used too until banned during the reefer madness era. Sponsored by their competitors lol.

  11. An easier way to cut down a tree is to 1: sharpen your axe and 2: saw about half way through the tree then take the axe and swing down just above the cut. This it what loggers did a lot of in older days

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