You probably noticed pictures, on Facebook, of cleaned flax seeds. A few weeks ago, Patricia asked me to clean some flax seeds she had in storage. Having no experience in seed cleaning, I hit the web to learn the process. If I inspired anyone to give cleaning seeds a try, please reference the following links.
The following links are related to the cleaning process:
The following links are related to seed cleaning equipment:
The month of May has brought lovely weather to the farm. Things at TapRoot Farms and TapRoot Fibre Lab have been picking up speed.
I am continuing to develop a content marketing plan for TapRoot Fibre Lab.
When conducting research on the current flax market I came across European Confederation of Linen and Hemp's Euro Flax and Masters of Linen label. These labels provide consumers with insurance that they are buying a quality product.
This got us thinking, how cool would it be to have a label for flax and linen produced right here in Nova Scotia. Therefore, I have been working on creating a set of standards for flax and linen products created in Nova Scotia.
I am still experimenting making linen paper by hand. During the month of May, Patricia, Karrie, and I had a lovely chat with Gary from Gaspereau Press. He should us some of the handmade paper he brought in for his printing business as well as the Hollander beater he uses when he is hand making paper. Our discussion help points me in the right direction and helps me with what the next steps would be.
You may have noticed on Facebook, that we started to clean our flax seeds. We ordered some screens designed for cleaning flax seeds from a company out west. On nice sunny afternoons, I flee the office to enjoy the nice weather and clean flax seed. If it is windy, I winnow the seed to remove the dust and chaff. If the wind is not on my side, I spend my time threshing the seed bulbs to remove the seeds.
Another project I have been working on is blending tow, the fibres that are left behind in the hackles, with sheep’s wool for spinning purposes. I have been hand carding, with cards designed for sheep’s wool, to remove the stem and any remaining knots.
The TapRoot flax field has been planted this week. Personally, I am looking forward seeing the blue flowers that the flax plant produces. You can watch our flax growing over the season by liking the TapRoot Fibre Lab Facebook page.
Have a lovely June, Rhea.
If you 'liked' the TapRoot Fibre Lab page on Facebook, you probably notice the pictures I (Rhea) have been posting of our hand made linen paper. Over the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with making paper out of our own flax. During this experiment, I have been using different parts of the flax plant, soaking some material overnight, as well as cooking the plant material in a water and baking soda mixture.
If you are interested in trying your hand at paper making, reference the links I have listed below. This list includes different paper making sites that provide how-to information and/or paper making equipment.
Paper making information:
Paperslurry - Papermaking with plants poster: http://paperslurry.bigcartel.com/product/papermaking-with-plants-12x18-poster
Liz-Anna's Lakeside Studio - Make Your Own Paper from Plants: http://liz-annaslakesidestudio.blogspot.ca/2010/06/papermaking-tutorial.html
Hand papermaking Newsletter - Sources of Fibre and Pulp: http://newsletter.handpapermaking.org/beginner/beg17.htm
Hand papermaking Newsletter - Harvesting Fibres: http://newsletter.handpapermaking.org/beginner/beg72.htm
Hand papermaking Newsletter - Methods of Beating Fibre: http://newsletter.handpapermaking.org/beginner/beg33.htm
Hand papermaking Newsletter - Assessing Your Pulp and Paper: http://newsletter.handpapermaking.org/beginner/beg88.htm
Hand papermaking Newsletter - Sheet Formation and Uniformity:
Paper making equipment:
Paperslurry - Make a Mould and Deckle for Handmade Paper - Cheap, Quick & Dirty: http://paperslurry.com/2014/08/01/make-mould/
Reina Hollander Beater: http://www.briarpress.org/17372
Carriage House Paper, supplies for the Hand Papermaker:
Catherine Nash's Resources - Using Hollander Beaters : Beater Finesse: http://www.papermakingresources.com/articles_beater.html
Alibaba (search results for a hollander beater): http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fsb=y&IndexArea=product_en&CatId=4327&SearchText=hollander+beater
Paperslurry: The Oracle Holland Beater - Papermaking Equipment by Lee McDonald: http://paperslurry.com/tag/hollander-beater/
The Oracle Hollander Beater PDF: http://toolsforpaper.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/up-to-date-oracle-flyer.pdf
The Fiber Wire: Holland Beaters - Helping Papermakers Since the 1600s: http://thefiberwire.com/2014/05/09/hollander-beaters-helping-the-papermaker-since-the-1600s/
W WMU PILOT PLANTS: http://www.wmich.edu/pilotplants/hollander-beater
Lee McDonald Company - Papermaking equipment: http://toolsforpaper.com/blog/
Lee Scott McDonald - THE HYDRA HOLLANDER BEATER PDF: http://www.pickar.caltech.edu/me105/materials/papermaking/beater.pdf
David Reina Designs - Beaters: http://www.davidreinadesigns.com/beaters/
Mark Lander - Little Critter Hollander Beaters: http://marklander.org/hollander-beaters/
Paperslurry - The Critter Paper Beater is Dandy for Hand Papermaking Studios: