HOW IT WORKS
Generally, there is an ovoid tub where water and your papermaking fiber travels around. Hidden under the round-ish cover is a roll with blades. As a motor turns the roll, the fibers are beaten between the blades and a bed plate that sits underneath the roll.
A Hollander Beater’s main purpose isn’t just to cut fibers, but to macerate and fibrillate fibers, promoting more surface area for fibers to bond together during the hand papermaking process.
WHERE TO BUY ONE
First developed by the Dutch in the late 1600s, nowadays you can either find them used, or purchase new from folks who build papermaking equipment for small studios.
- Oracle Beater by Lee McDonald
- David Reina Designs
- The Critter Beater by Mark Lander
- Used paper mill equipment: AVP LLC, CanAm Machinery Inc., NISE, Deja Vu Lab (repairs too!)
- Post your request on the Facebook Group All Things Papermaking: Equipment, Tools and Supplies
- Catherine Nash is an artist and hand papermaker who has written Beater Finesse, an e-book on using Hollander Beaters.
- Read a beginner article by Tom Bannister.
- Peter Gentenaar, a paper artist, designed his own Hollander Beater.
P.S. The Hollander Beater shown is a used laboratory beater by Noble & Wood. Solid cast iron and the perfect little studio monster!