Byron J. Will Harpsichord Maker
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Making Flemish Lid Papers



This wood block was carved by harpsichord maker Ted Turner from cherry from original paper used by Ruckers family. The carving is arranged so that it will bookmatch to the other sections, as well as appearing to bookmatch to itself by being divided in the middle.

After mixing waterproof block printing ink to get the right color (I used the papers on the 1640 A. Ruckers for a model), the ink is brayed on until there is plenty of ink, but not so much that it fills in the fine carving for the wood grain veining.





The acid-free hand laid paper is then carefully laid on the block, and rubbed with a very large spoon until the paper is well covered with ink. It stays registered to the block quite well, as the ink is very tacky.

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