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    Paper Stars
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    Paper Star 54 mm wide
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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

    I was delighted to see that Lessebo, which was on my way to the glass factories and back to my “home” at Bergdala almost every day, has not only a paper factory but also a hand dipping paper manufacturing. This hand made paper is being produced in a separate building, outside of the factory complex, which makes it easy and less time-consuming to visit. My guide said that they have found the old machines during renovation end of 19th century and have restored them to be able to produce paper in the traditional way, but for more exclusive use. It was and is still used now for official government documents or for private use in certificates, or just letters and as watercolour paper. In addition to the hand made paper, they have also developed many watermarks for their customers, such as for University of Stockholm (for dipolmas and other certificates). Specific artistic paper is made by adding pressed flowers (photo 4), or, more exciting, shredded money, as in the last photo.
    Visiting the machines is very interesting! They also allow visitors taking photos, which I liked, because it is not allowed in Fabriano, where I could visit the museum of the most important Italian paper manufacturer and inventor of the watermark technology.

    The museum facilities are located on two floors (ground floor and basement) and are open to the public only in summer, when the guys don’t produce paper. This sounds reasonable, because in contrast to the glass works, it must be a nightmare for the paper producers if we visitors run around and disturb their routine. They offer guided tours in several languages (English, German and French) six times during the day: at a.m. 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, at p.m: 1:00, 2:15 and 3:00 and lasts one hour. During this time, the guide will explain every step in manufacturing except the big vat (called “Holländer” in Swedish and German) where the fibre suspension is being prepared. This is only working during the rest of the year. But in the basement they have a vat where the ready made suspension is being constantly stirred and where during the tours one of the workers will show how the fibre suspension is being dipped on the rack, put on a layer of felt and pressed to remove most of the excess water.

    Entrance fees: 20 SEK and an additional 30 SEK for a guided tour (as of July 2009). The guided tour is free with the glass pass.

    Directions:
    Lessebo Pappersbruk is located east of Växjo. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward until the village of Lessebo. Turn straight ahead (east) at the roundabout just after ICA supermarket (which is on the right/south side), direction Kalmar/Eriksmala/Nybro and after 50 m, turn left (north) onto the parking lot of the paper factory.

    Location of Lessebo Paper Factory on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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  • by n3days Written Dec 20, 2011

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    We visited the shop next to the Lessebo Paper Mill while we waited for the tour of the mill to start. A young women that worked in the store was making stars out of strips of paper. She showed my how to do it and when I returned home I made 5 different size stars. They are 28mm, 38mm, 54mm, 75mm and 105mm wide. Four strips of paper are needed. the resulting star will be 4 times wider than the strip of paper. The strips need to be 24 times longer than they are wide. I have attached two pictures of my stars.

    Paper Stars Paper Star 54 mm wide

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  • by radiomuseum Written Sep 28, 2003

    Swedish biggest private radiomuseum showing the radio history from kristall sets to CD player.
    They are showing radio tv cd video sattelit resiver tape rekorders and so on. Over 1000 sets on stage. Its radios from a local kollector that have over 5000 sets in the collection. Wery intresting of showing the 1900 electronic history.

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Lessebo Shopping

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

    This is a fantastic shop, located in the same building as the hand paper factory at Lessebo. They make the paper all by hand in the old machines (see to-do tip for the factory visit) and then sell it. The paper is very beautiful and comes in a rich variety. You can buy paper with little dried flowers, little fabric threads, shredded money or confetti. You can buy watercolour paper in all different sizes. You can buy watermarked paper with moose and other symbols, little hangers for gifts, envelopes with cards, you name it. I loved their paper with shredded money (our good old Deutsche Mark, they said – I investigated it with my microscope and yes, it is true). Their A4 size paper with the shredded money was 20 SEK per sheet, 125 SEK for a sheet of A3 size, a set of five cards with envelope 50 SEK, the little hangers 10 SEK per piece. You could also buy a carton of their regular, machine made coloured paper (the one they produce next door but on industrial scale) for 78 SEK. That one contained approx. 70 sheets of paper, weighing approx. 110 g/m2.
    (the prices above are before the 10% off with glass pass. But the discount is given here as well).

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    More photos of their work in my albums below.

    Directions:
    Lessebo Pappersbruk is located east of Växjo. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward until the village of Lessebo. Turn straight ahead (east) at the roundabout just after ICA supermarket (which is on the right/south side), direction Kalmar/Eriksmala/Nybro and after 50 m, turn left (north) onto the parking lot of the paper factory.
    http://www.vida.se/historia-1.aspx

    Location of Lessebo Paper Factory on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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