Making Paper with Hemp Hurds

In 1916, USDA Botanist, Lyster Dewey, published a report, Bulletin No. 404, titled “Hemp Hurds as Paper-making material.” Inspired by this, I decided it would be a good experiment to make paper from just hemp hurds. This was made possible by money raised from the IndieGogo fundraiser in spring 2014. Thanks to all who supported […]

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Papermaking with Kentucky Hemp!

Super excited to be making paper with organic hemp from KY! This first batch is some leftover fibers that didn’t make the cut for a textile project. This was decorticated using a hand break. There were a bunch of hurds still in, although I picked out the larger pieces of hurd (inner woody core of […]

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Trip to Kentucky Hemp Fields!

I just returned from a trip visiting hemp farms in Kentucky. The first farm had hemp which was planted about a week before, and the second farm I visited had more mature plants, which were between knee and waist high. One of the farmers gave me retted hemp stalks from last years harvest and yesterday […]

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