Tour Stop 7: Paper
Our house paper stock is called Zephyr Antique Laid, a paper specially milled for us in Quebec. It is composed of young spruce and pine tree ﬁbres, with no bleach. Of particular importance is the grain. Each piece of paper has grain going in a certain direction (and each piece has a rough (‘wire’) side and a smooth (‘felt’) side. Our paper is cut with the grain going in the proper direction. This ensures that, among other things, a book opens and closes properly. The sureﬁre way to determine the direction of the grain: lick the piece of paper!