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Dard Hunter III providing pedal power to the portable beater
Combat Paper Project
Members of the Combat Paper Project attended the 25th Annual Conference for The Friends of Dard Hunter, an international hand-papermaking organization, when they gathered in Atlanta, October 15-18. The conference was hosted by the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech.
During the Friday schedule, Drew Matott, John LaFalce, Scott Meeker and Zach Choate presented a lecture on recent Combat Paper activities, including the veterans' workshop held in Savannah. It was followed by a demonstration where 200 plus conference goers were encouraged to cut, pulp and pull sheets from Scott and Zach's uniforms. The FDH community was able to simulate the workshop experience and talk with Combat papermakers about the process and their experiences in the military and with the Combat Paper Project.
Our thanks to Scott Meeker for the pics.
Cutting uniforms for pulping ...
Sheet made from uniform fibers and finished sheet, resting before couching
Donna Karetsky (Carriage House Paper) examining the label ... a cotton and nylon mix
John LaFalce explaining the use of the portable beater
The portable beater (The Oracle) was designed and built by Lee S. McDonald expressly for the Combat Paper Project for their continued national and international ventures. This is the first beater of its kind, built of extremely lightweight materials. It weighs less than fifty pounds, fits in a suitcase and complies with international airline specifications. It has a one-and-a-quarter pound dry fiber capacity. It can be powered by an electric motor (that green thing on top), or by human power (as demonstrated here), for use in areas without electricity.
You can also check out Scott Meeker's three minute video of the event on YouTube or the CNN coverage of the Dard Hunter event.