Hand-crafted paper

At Klevfos, you can create your own hand-crafted paper, like they did in the old days.

  • All paper is made from cellulose.
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    All paper is made from cellulose. Håkon Tosterud/Klevfos Industrimuseum
  • Create your own hand-crafted paper.
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    Create your own hand-crafted paper.
  • The paper is then pressed and draped over a cardboard box to dry.
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    The paper is then pressed and draped over a cardboard box to dry.
  • Each piece of hand-crafted paper is completely unique, like no other.
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    Each piece of hand-crafted paper is completely unique, like no other.

All paper is made from cellulose. At Klevfos, our cellulose is made from spruce, which was widely used when the factory was in operation. The cellulose is a thick liquid that we mix with water in a large tub. We use a metal frame with outstretched fine wire mesh – wire screen (sifting screen) – which we dip in the tub and lift up. The cellulose remains on the wire screen, while the water flows through.

We then turn the frame upside-down onto a piece of felt and remove the frame. The paper is left on the felt. The paper is then pressed and draped over a cardboard box to dry. Each piece of hand-crafted paper is completely unique, like no other. 

The thickness varies depending on how much cellulose you collect on the wire screen in the tub. You can add different effects to the mix in the tub, such as colour, dried plant particles, glitter, and e.g. torn newspaper. The paper has wide usage, e.g. paper with glitter makes nice Christmas cards.

 In the museum store at Klevfos, you can buy finished, hand-crafted paper.