By now, you’ve probably seen the iconic image of the colonial papermaker’s workshop, where the work of paper millers, plumbers and blacksmiths are seen by millions.
But in 1848, a blacksmith was among the first people to create a paper in the US, a process that is still common today.
It took decades of research and trial and error to create the first fully functional paper, the first to be made entirely from wood, and one of the first examples of modern paper.
In a paper called “The Paper of the New World” (1845), the blacksmith, Samuel Boggs, explains the process of making paper.
“When a wood is first cut and cut into a fine piece, the wood is left to dry and then covered in a heavy linen sheet.
The linen is then cut into strips, and the strips are placed on the surface of the paper, or folded into squares and placed in a basket.
When the linen has dried and the paper has dried a little, it is laid down, the paper being covered with a thick layer of earth and sand, or wood ashes.
The paper is laid on a fire, and this paper is turned over to dry, and when the paper is dry, it becomes paper.”
The paper of the new world was made by “fusing the skins of several trees of the same species, the skins being cut into pieces, and then, the whole being covered by a thin layer of wood ashes.”
The next step was to dry the paper in a fire and then cover it with earth and ashes.
The paper was then placed in the basket and rolled out to the top of a table.
The basket was rolled back into the fire, where it was allowed to rest for several hours, before it was rolled up and placed into a basket again, which was then rolled to the surface.
This process continued for several days, before the paper was placed into the papermaking oven.
The wood was then dried and placed under a fire for a further few hours.
This was repeated until the paper finished drying, which took two days.
The final step was the cutting and finishing.
The work of the blackpowder printer is a long and laborious process, and each step required the aid of a woodworker, blacksmith and several others.
In order to make the most durable paper possible, the ink was used, which gave the paper its distinctive shape.
This paper was used in all kinds of businesses, including for currency, postage and stamps.