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Handmade Paper Making

Friday 8 May 4pm — Sunday 10 May 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215– sharing an ensuite room
  • £215– single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

We regret that this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. More info.

An additional weekend course date has been added 14-16 Aug

Jim Patterson has worked in the paper trade his entire career, establishing Two Rivers Paper in an ancient Somerset watermill over three decades ago. Jim and his small team use traditional techniques and tools to hand-make beautiful rag papers, which are sold to artists and designers the world over.

This weekend course will give you a chance to make your own sheets of paper using traditional English methods and will also include a visit to the mill. Places are limited to 8.

Who’s it For?

Places are limited to 8. No experience necessary. Materials are provided, but you may also bring your own cotton or linen rags to be pulped.

The course will take place at Halsway Manor; please note the visit to the ancient mill will include stairs, uneven floors and low ceilings!

The Tutor

Jim Patterson is a life-long papermaker, and has ‘served his time’ in many paper mills throughout his career. He has trained in Paper Science and Technology, and he combines his love of the arts with determination to preserve the Long English tradition of making beautiful paper for artists.

Jim established Two Rivers in 1976 and is the owner of Pitt Mill, where the business has operated since 1988. It’s one of a handful of commercial hand-mills still operating in Europe.

Pitt Mill isn’t intended to be a working museum but rather an interesting example of a viable cottage industry employing historic practices and skills which are artistic, educational and environmental friendly.