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Once upon a time, while I was taking in break from graduate school and working as a management consultant, I took the time to teach myself how to make paper and to make books — though I later took a class in bookbinding, because trying to learn how to sew a perfect binding from illustrations is not easy.
Now I find myself ready to teach my daughter, and perhaps some of her classmates, how to make something which they may interact with fairly little as adults.
What I never had in my little studio apartment was a proper press for my leaves of paper. I found [a nice one at Dick Blick](http://www.dickblick.com/products/arnold-grummers-papermaking-paper-press/), but given its simplicity I think I could probably make it: