I can’t speak for everyone at the Bureau but I think it is safe to say that we all have an affinity for paper. That being said I was really excited to see my favorite pocket size notebook Field Notes has posted photos from their tour of Michigan based French Paper (Midwest Pride). I first became familiar with French Paper while in high school when I was an apprentice in an offset and letterpress printshop. Known for their connection with CSA, French Paper makes paper that is not only attractive but also has been concerned with environmental issues for some time. Although we currently do not carry any of their paper at the moment I just ordered a sample book to check out.
“Depending on the paper and color, French’s paper is made from pulp (crushed up trees) and/or recycled waste. French’s mill is too small to manufacture their own pulp so it’s brought in from other manufacturers, and while they recycle all paper scraps from their factory, demand for recycled paper means they must buy waste paper from various sources.
The papermaking process isn’t rocket science, I guess, you basically mash up pulp, add color, squeeze out the water, dry it, and roll it up. Of course, in practice, there’s a lot more to it. Brian took a couple hours out of his day to show me through the factory and explain everything in great detail, but I’ll keep it simple, mostly because I forgot my FIELD NOTES notebook (oh, irony!) and I don’t remember the details.”
Read the entire article on Field Note’s website
For more info on French Paper please check out their website.