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#123823 - 02/24/04 05:30 PM deckle
wwh Offline
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Andy mentions a book-binding term: "deckle-edged":
"'No,' says Andy, 'I must have an audience. I feel like if I once turned loose people would begin to call Senator Beveridge the Grand Young Sphinx of the Wabash. I've got to get an audience together, Jeff, and get this oral distension assuaged or it may turn in on me and I'd go about feeling like a deckle-edge edition de luxe of Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth.' "

deckle edge
The feather edge or edges of a sheet of paper formed where the stock flows against the deckle, or, in handmade papers, by the stock flowing between the frame and the deckle of the mold. A simulated deckle edge may also be formed by means of a jet of water or air. Handmade paper usually has four deckle edges and machinemade paper, two; however, a machinemade paper can be manufactured with four simulated deckle edges. An "imitation" deckle edge is one produced on a dry sheet of paper by such means as tearing, cutting with a special type of knife that gives a deckle edge effect, sand blasting, sawing, etc.
Early printers looked upon the deckle edge as a defect, and almost invariably trimmed most of it off before binding; however, collectors wanted to see traces of the "deckle" as proof that the book had not been trimmed excessively, or CROPPED (1 , 2 ), as deep trimming was a notorious practice particularly in the 17th century (and even to this day). In the latter part of the 19th century, it became the fashion to admire the deckle edge for its own sake, and to leave books printed on handmade paper untrimmed. This left the book with ragged edges that collected dust, were unsightly (to some), and difficult to turn. In modern books, deckle edges are largely an affectation, and entirely so if the book is printed on machine-made paper.

#123824 - 02/25/04 07:05 AM Re: deckle
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Posts: 1624
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
In my previous incarnation as a printer (now a defunct trade), I went on an in-depth tour of a paper-making plant. They had a "deckling machine" which produced paper with deckled edges "naturally". It produced the paper in bespoke sizes and paper weights. It couldn't produce a pure machine surface. I forget who the primary customer was, but it was apparently in constant operation!

#123825 - 02/25/04 09:02 AM Re: deckle
of troy Offline
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Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
i have writing paper with deckled edges.. i like the effect.

and homemade paper always has a deckled edge

grind up old paper (cloth, plant material, etc) in lots of water (in a blender, in small batches)
pour mess into large shallow basin. stir well before attempting to make a sheet of paper.

form paper on fine mesh that has been framed, (such as fine window screening stretched over canvas stretchers)

drain for a while (depends on temp and humidity) then dry on real wool felt. (sythetic isn't absorbent enough)

if desired, stack felt/paper/felt/paper..../felt between to large flat boards (exterior plywood works) and press (with wieghts) flat as it dries.

definately an outdoor activity!

my other obsession

#123826 - 02/27/04 07:04 PM Re: deckle
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
And if you want a smooth writing surface take the squeezed out but wet sheet and flip it up onto the window to dry. Makes a mess of the window but nicer for writing on.


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