Mould Making DVD
Hand made paper is still in great demand by artists and for commemorative documents. Several mills in the UK still make paper by hand using traditional wooden moulds.
Making a mould is a very specialised craft. The only man in Britain still doing it is Ron MacDonald who started with E. Amies and Son Limited of Maidstone in Kent in 1948 and was involved with all aspects of mould making. He carried on into retirement with equipment moved to his home near Maidstone.
This DVD shows the skill and craftsmanship which Ron learnt over several decades.
The rectangular face mesh and the coarser backing behind it have to be made specially for each mould. They are woven on Ronald's unique wire-twisting loom which was built by E. Amies in 1889.
The mahogany frames are sawn, planed and chiselled using all the techniques Ron was taught during his apprenticeship, including the very unusual and complex corner joints of the deckle.