(Another) Trip to Langdell Paper
The last stop on my recent 24 hour book arts tour was The Paper Room (a.k.a. Richard Langdell) in Lebanon, NH.
If you’ve followed my work for a while, you probably already know that I’ve been working with Richard’s paper forever. I just love it. It looks good, it feels good, I just want to hug it.
Richard made paper for 20 years when he lived in Vermont. He sold his business in 2010 to Whitney Korstange and Hilary Smith, founders of Maple Street Paper Company, and it was relocated to Michigan. Sadly, it appears as though the dream didn’t last long for Whitney and Hilary – their website says that they are currently closed and are actively looking for a buyer.
Even though the Langdell legacy is not likely to continue, we can rejoice in the fact that Richard still has an inventory of an estimated 10,000 sheets of paper.
The walls of his small studio are fully lined with tall shelves that look like this:
So.much.paper. And it never stops being awesome. You can’t help but paw at it.
I have a pretty serious stash of his paper at the moment, so I didn’t get much this time around. I did buy a few sheets of a cream-colored paper with leaf inclusions and a turquoise paper with baby’s breath for a custom order.
If you’re interested in buying some of Richard’s paper for yourself, then get thee to his Etsy shop! And if you have $12,000.00 kicking around (and lots of storage space), don’t miss this deal – 6,000 sheets of handmade paper for $2.00 a sheet!
Totally worth it.