When I first moved to New York, my first memory of the city was when I found a bamboo deckle.
I had seen it on Etsy for $30 and assumed it was from China.
I went home to discover I had never actually made one.
I got to thinking about this and I was reminded that, despite its ubiquity, papermaking has always been a global phenomenon.
I thought, how can I use this knowledge to create my own bamboo deckles?
I decided to explore the craft and found a recipe on the internet for a bamboo woodblock printing press.
The resulting deckle is one of my most popular pieces of handmade papercraft.
But I wanted it to be a little bit more personal, so I took a trip to the Philippines to see the woodblock print industry firsthand.
Here’s how it came to be.
What started as a one-time project ended up becoming a project with so many lives, and the results have made me feel like I’m not the only one who has a dream.
I’ve got lots of ideas for more deckle projects to come, but I think the best way to learn about the art of papermaking is to make them.
There’s something about the simple act of making that makes it such a powerful tool for sharing, and that’s why I decided it was time to share my passion for this craft with the world.