Paper Press

Once upon a time, while I was taking in break from graduate school and working as a management consultant, I took the time to teach myself how to make paper and to make books — though I later took a class in bookbinding, because trying to learn how to sew a perfect binding from illustrations is not easy.

Now I find myself ready to teach my daughter, and perhaps some of her classmates, how to make something which they may interact with fairly little as adults.

What I never had in my little studio apartment was a proper press for my leaves of paper. I found [a nice one at Dick Blick](, but given its simplicity I think I could probably make it: