A visit to the Papermill in Burneside, near Kendal is something I have looked forward to for a long time. I'm seriously fascinated by seeing how things are manufactured - especially things which I use on a daily basis.
I took so many photos that I couldn't possibly post them all here but I do hope you enjoy the ones I'm sharing today and that you get a little insight into how much care and attention goes into creating the top quality paper and card which is produced at the Papermill.
Top quality card and paper has been made in the Papermill since 1845.
Steve ready for the tour of the factory - I'll spare you the sight of David and me with goggles and ear plugs!
The raw materials at the beginning of the process
Paper pulp being mixed in huge vats
The dye is added and mixed - a pale shade today
The early stages of paper - a very hot and steamy part of the factory
Some of the moisture has been extracted
Going through huge rollers
Keeping an eye on things!
A roll of card - these are MASSIVE!
Steve and David
Check out my shoes!! That will teach me to turn up for a factory tour wearing sandals ;)
This navy paper/card is being embossed with a pattern on this machine.
What could I not do with all this?!
And eventually we got to meet the lovely Julie :)
There's something not right about this photo ...yes, you're right! They gave me an XXL Hi Vis vest to match my lovely shoes ;) !!
For lovers of the beautiful English Lake District - I've added some of the photos which I took of the outside of the mill and the immediate surroundings .
Finally, a great big thanks to Steve for showing us round the mill and to Julie for making it possible (not forgetting the tea!!).