Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 107
August 1996


This is the first of a series of articles that I will be writing about paper and paper quality for the Guild of Book Workers Newsletter. I am a recent member of the Guild.

In future articles I will be describing the invention of paper, what paper is, how it is made, paper permanence, the various types of paper (both machine made and handmade), and their physical and optical properties and end uses. I will explain the meaning of any technical terms when they are mentioned.

As we proceed I will be pleased to answer any questions that you, the readers, may have about paper. Your questions should be sent to Margaret Johnson, Editor of the Newsletter.

And now a word about me! In 1987, when I retired after 37 years of paper engineering, I decided to build my own papermill by myself for making archival handmade papers. Acquisition of equipment and construction started in 1989, and the first paper was produced in January 1993.

The mill is situated in a small barn beside my retirement home "Windy Willows", located on a five acre drive-on island in beautiful Cranberry Lake (part of the Rideau Canal system), just a 30-minute drive north on Highway 15 from downtown Kingston, Ontario. Hence the mill is called CRANBERRY MILLS. Here I make archival handmade papers for such uses as bookbinding, conservation, printing, printmaking, painting, drawing and stationery.

My wife, Betty, and I also tend about an acre of gardens, including an orchard of dwarf fruit trees, nut trees, a vineyard, vegetables and herbs, rock gardens, hardy rhododendrons, an "English border", and a Japanese water garden, complete with Buddha and fountain! From our wide selection of perennials and annuals I pick certain flower petals for use in my "Floral Inclusion" papers.

That's enough for introduction. Tune in next time to THE CRANBERRY CORNER, and don't forget to send in your questions to the Editor.

Edward "Ted" H. Snider
Handmade Papers, RR#1,
Seeleys Bay, ON K0H 2N0