Hand Papermaking in Central Burma and Northern Thailand

By , September 9, 2006 11:22 pm

Hand Papermaking in Central Burma and Northern Thailand
Bamboo Straw Paper

From the rice straw papermaking village of Nyang Gone, it is a short oxen’s or bullock’s ride to the bamboo straw papermaking village of Daung Ma, which means “pea hen.” Three families currently make this specialized paper in this village. U Htun Shwe’s family demonstrated the papermaking process. The procedure to produce bamboo straw paper is similar to the methods used to make rice straw paper, but a meticulous and methodical approach is necessary for good results. The material is gathered locally before six months of age when a hollow cavity will begin to form in the center of the stalk. It is cut between the nodes, the outer “bark. is stripped, and splints are made of the material. The pithy inner core is not used for papermaking.

The splints ret in lime and water for three to six years. There are fewer and fewer families making this paper, yet there is a steady demand for it. in an effort to satisfy the need, the resting time is sometimes shortened. After the resting time has elapsed, the bamboo will be cooked in boiling water for a day and a half. Afterwards, the fibers are splayed by pounding with a wooden hammer on a rock.

Next comes the very precise and tedious beating process done by hand for one hundred fifty hours. One batch of pulp, approximately one pound, produces twelve, two by four foot sheets.

This is some time and labor intensive paper.  The article goes into 4 different papers and methods of making paper by hand.  Paper making is another thing I want to try that I most likely wont ever get around to.

Simple Invoices

By , September 9, 2006 11:16 pm

Simple Invoices

Mainly a bookmark for me.  Looks interesting and may be what I am looking for.  Then again so may a pad and pen.

UrbanPeel.com

By , September 9, 2006 11:14 pm

UrbanPeel.com

This is some of the most overpriced weird stuff I have ever run across. One example is the 6 pack of black toilet paper for only 22.95 + shipping.  Course it is French… 😉

Chasing the white rabbits – local mystery revealed – St. Albans Messenger Newspaper

By , September 9, 2006 11:09 pm

Chasing the white rabbits – local mystery revealed – St. Albans Messenger Newspaper

Something a bit different that really makes you wonder what it’s all about.

BleuArts: Free Pattern: The Leia Hat

By , September 9, 2006 11:06 pm

BleuArts: Free Pattern: The Leia Hat

Knit Leah Hat

Not sure about this one but here it tis… 😉

Las Vegas City Life

By , September 9, 2006 11:01 pm

Las Vegas City Life

Full tilt

Tim Arnold has the cure for yuppies, video poker and disposable pop culture. Welcome to the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Pinball Hall of Fame

This dude is a serious pinball fanatic.

Humu Kon Tiki » Blog Archive » How to Build a Tiki Bar

By , September 9, 2006 8:06 pm

Humu Kon Tiki » Blog Archive » How to Build a Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar

Makes me want boat drinks… 😉

This looks like a good first bamboo project. Wish they had shown close ups of the tieoff points and knots. But over all not a bad article.

UserFriendly Strip Comments – Cartoon for Sep 09, 2006

By , September 9, 2006 2:32 pm

UserFriendly Strip

Cartoon for Sep 09, 2006

Just give them what they ask for.  Simple enough.

Thanks for the pointer Steve.

journal of a writing man

By , September 9, 2006 1:48 pm

journal of a writing man
Wednesday August 30, 2006
Forgive me, Starbucks, for I have sinned

John Bailey is always a good read.  On his off days it’s still a pleasant break just to see a bit inside a life not my own in a country I have never been to.  On his good days he’s wonderful.  This post is one of the good ones.  He confronts Starbucks personal concerning their ultra stupid rule about not allowing customers to use cameras within their establishment.  Damn good advertising for the other folks Starbucks! Me hat’s off to ya John.

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