Silkeborg Paper Museum

Silkeborg Paper Museum
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As a West Indian living in Silkeborg, which has Denmark largest forest and great lakes!

I must say that am always flabbergasted with the amount of history that is surrounded in this nature friendly town.

I’ve always felt  like I can never ever get enough of this town and all the wonderful histories that makes Silkeborg an amazing city to dwell in.

I am in love with antiques, and antiquing is some thing I enjoy doing! Whenever I get the chance.

During the Vinterferie/Winter holiday here in Denmark, the girls were off  from school and preschool and were visiting their grandparents.

So visiting Silkeborg Paper Museum was certainly on my list of places to go.

The Museum is located in the middle of Silkeborg  with the adjoining of
Gudenåens which is a river and Langsøen which is a lake.


This adjointment  happened in 1844-1944 which is  150 years ago.

This was piece of artwork was  published by Drewsen Paper Museum in 1994 for the  Paper Museum 150th years anniversary, this piece of art is made from used cloth and paper.

The entrance of  Museum starts directly with  the old production hall.

img_3540The production hall is also where one can follow the manufacturing process that includes a Rag cutter and the sorting table, a Hollander beater, a Vat and a Coucher.

The Sorting table!

In the sorting department the  Kuldedammen or sorting lady was in charged of separating the cotton and  linen materials from eachother and then cutting them in small pieces with a rag cutter for making hand made papers.

The sorting table contains different compartments with different qualities of cloth so a lot of concentration was expected of the sorting lady.

After she is done with the sorting and cutting of the materials, the materials would then goes directly to the Hollænder beater.


One can also stop by the Paper museum and donate used clothes or used denims for making papers!


The Hollænder beater!

The Hollænder beater machine is from Holland by the way and is used to macerate or soften the raw materials to the right consistency.

This process starts by adding  approximately 5% of raw materials with 95% of water.

From the Hollander the pulp goes into the vat!

The vat!

The Vat station consist of three workers, they are the Vat- man, Coucher and a Lay boy.

The vat holds approximately one percent of raw material and 99% of water.

This process starts with the  Vat- man placing a sheet of paper on a mould or frame.

The Coucher, would then couches that wet sheet on top of a felt

The Lay boy would then help to ensure that the papers are laid properly

After the vat the felts would then be placed on the hydraulic press in order to get dried in the drying room.

The drying room!

After viewing the drying room I was able to visit the production hall, where there was a little exhibition about raw materials and an exhibition about moulds.

This Paper  Factory is known for its finest and best hand made papers and for producing the finest qualities of papers.

After such a day well spent at the Paper Museum here in my lovely city Silkeborg.

I was able to see and get a better understanding of the factory workers, the manufacruring process and how they were  assigned at their work station in order to  carry out their daily tasks back in the days by producing Denmark’s finest and best qualities of hand made papers.

På gensyn! Silkeborg Paper Museum!

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