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Vintage Paper Orkney

paper and bookbinding tools from UK


Papers and Bookbinding

with links to videos and tutorials

The website tells you more than I can describe in a brief paragraph or two. Some of the papers are rare these days: Whatman produced paper from 1740 to 1960 but demand declined and large-scale production ceased. Vintage Paper has tracked down a few remaining stocks.


You see tools on the website. Look further and you find basic guides to making your own books. YouTube carries a lot of DIY book videos.

Teflon Folders Record Postal Delivery to Bangkok from Orkney

William of Vintage put a set of bonefolders in the post to me on Tuesday 01 May 2018 at Stromness PO. They arrived at my condo in Bangkok on Saturday morning 05 May. The mail came through Aberdeen International, whereas mail through London Heathrow often jams for days.


If you're not sure where it is, may I suggest an internet search.

Ultima Thule

The place at the end of the world, where, if you go any farther you fall off the edge. Such was the view of the Greeks and Romans who called the islands Orcas. This is an antique Classical notion, though not as ancient as the Neolithic village of Skara Brae on Orkney. Another misconception is the climate. The median latitude of Orkney is 59º North, which puts it on the same line as Oslo, Stockholm, and Saint Petersburg; so It must be cold. No, it has temperate weather because of the Gulf Stream. It is not George R R Martin's Land of Always Winter beyond The Wall - but there is a connection with Game of Thrones.


This was Viking territory for centuries. The Vikings probably came here to warm up and it is in the world of the Sagas: Orkney even his its own - Orkneyinga saga. The White Walkers in Game of Thrones are based on undead vikings called draugr or draug; but they should not put you off visiting Orkney because their appearance is less frequent than the Loch Ness Monster.

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