Pulpboard question (Rummonds book)

Dear Briar Press experts,

The book by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds (“Printing on the Iron Handpress”) talks about “pulpboards” in several chapters.

(a) What is “pulpboard” exactly?

(b) Where can I get sheets of pulpboards?


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I’m not sure how Rummonds explains the use of pulpboard — I think it’s basically the chipboard such as is used for pads of paper. Any commercial paper supplier should have it in big sheets — depending on how much you want and what size. They may give you a sample sheet or two if that’s all you need. Paper Plus and such stores also should have it.


No, pulp board is not chipboard, might be more like coaster stock or strawboard or blotter. Rummonds uses it in a method of dampening paper.

It is the same as the board used for coasters. I’m also looking for small amounts, 20-30 sheets. All I can find is cut coasters or hundred pound lots. Anyone know where it can be found?


Try www.holyokedirect.com , their 140# stock is their coaster stock and you can buy it in various sizes. I like this stock, great for a lot of things!

Thanks Bob, Parallel Imp, Charles, and Dennis,

I’ll contact the Holyoke folks about their stock.

Here in the UK, when I was studying at art college and serving an apprenticeship in the print industry some 60 years ago, we learnt there are two types of board.

1. Pulpboard, which as its name suggests is made directly from wood pulp,which is processed through rollers to obtain the required thickness.

2. Pasteboard. which is two or more sheets laminated together, usually cross grained to give extra rigidity, a process which makes it more costly than pulpboard.

Thus a pasteboard will be less flexible than a pulpboard of similar thickness. Board weights in both varieties can range from 2 to 12 sheet or 200 to 1200 microns.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Bern. Every comment helps…