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|2. HEMP FIBERBOARD ADDRESS||8.||14.|
|3. HOMEGROWN BOARDS||9.||15.|
|4. HEMP CEMENT||10.||16.|
|5. HEMP BUILDING PAPER||11.||17.|
|6. HEMP BUILDINGS||12.||18. BUILDING MATERIALS READINGS|
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The first Boards made by Curator for the traveling museum, with and without glue binder.
Perforated bread pan mold & Pressing board with finished untrimmed board.
|1. WELCOME TO THE HEMP BUILDING
MATERIALS ROOM. FOOD, CLOTHING, AND SHELTER, could be called the big three creature comforts. Hemp can help in all three categories. Some building materials are relatively new owing to the machinery necessary to produce modern pressboard or plastics, but some are hundreds, some are thousands of years old. The use of hemp is thousands of years old.
Since the first woven fabric in antiquity was thought to be hemp, it is very likely that a hemp woven canvas tarp tossed across a hemp rope secured to two trees sheltered early hunters from the rain and made the first hemp shelter.
|Tent City at the Hotel Coronado on Coronado Island, San Diego, Calif. Established in 1902, Tent City was a popular vacation spot until its closure in 1939. From a painting by Sue Tushingham McNary. Copyright, STM Editions. Museum postcard.|
|Company J, Army tents at Leon
Springs, Texas, date on postcard Sept. 9, 1916.
|All the white in the picture is
from hemp wagon covers and hemp tents of this Civil War
Hemp Museum framed page, 14 X 16 inches.
|From the paper room we know the Chinese
discovered wallpaper, and that it was introduced into
Europe from China by Spanish and Dutch traders.
Cabinets, bookcases, chairs were made of paper in 1772. In 1788,
an English patent was issued to Charles Ducrest for his
invention of "making paper for the
building of houses, bridges, etc."
Building paper was first used in America after
the Chicago fire left thousands homeless. The building or
lining paper was composed of waste paper and straw. In 1895, a church made of paper was built
in the village of Downham-in-the-Isle, England. The
building material was compressed brown paper reinforced
Chris Conrad, in Hemp, Lifeline to the Future, tells us that Compressed Agricultural Fiberboard (CAF) was invented in Sweden in 1935, using a combination of high temperature and pressure.
|Modern medium density fiberboard now made of tree wood pulp, can also be made of hemp (shown left). The museum samples were cut from a standard 4 foot X 8 foot sheet of 3/4 inch board.|
2. MEDIUM DENSITY HEMPBOARD ADDRESS.
|3. HOMEGROWN BOARDS|
|Cut and boiled hemp in trays, to be blended into pulp to make the boards in the foreground. Homegrown tomatoes and a hemp light-cord pull. The pulp was boiled eight hours, then put in a kitchen blender in small amounts for varying times depending in the application.|
|This bread pan was heavily
perforated on the bottom, hot blended pulp was scooped into
the pan as a liquid. Some of the water was shaken out
gently, then the wood press was placed into the pan.
Turned on edge the pan, press, and bottom board would just fit
into my large vise. Turing the vise made the water pour
out and press the board, which could be tapped out of the mold
immediately to dry.
Photo by Bill Bridges.
|These pressed boards are 100%
hemp pulp with no binder added. Note how well the board
went through a table saw. You would not believe how
light this 4 X 8 X 3/4 inch board is.
Photo by Bill Bridges.
|Various hemp boards home made for the Museum. Top, a 2 X 2 inch first board was not so strong, the brown board is coated with hemp glue. The middle board was equipped with a drawer handle. It drilled and held the screws perfectly. Photo by Bill Bridges.|
|The three left balls are made of
hemp pulp. The ball on the right is of Styrofoam, which
could be replaced by the lightweight hemp ball to its
left. Lower left ball is hemp cement and lower right
ball is hemp pulp with Elmer's white glue.
Photo by Bill Bridges.
|The Curator made several hundred of these pulp disks, that he gave away on his travels. Diameter 1 1/4 inch X 1/4 inch thick.|
|4. HEMP CEMENT.|
|Pictured (left) is a ball of hemp
cement. It was made of the finest pulp that went through
the strainer, and captured with a cloth filter. This fine
pulp was made into sheets of paper that crumbled into a fluffy
powder. This powder was mixed with quicklime (whitewash) and
water, molded by hand and dried. The results were a very
light, very hard ball of cement.
|More on hemp cement later.
|5. HEMP BUILDING PAPER.
Go to: Earth Pulp and Paper
|6. HEMP BUILDINGS.
ZELFO. This Australian based industrial hemp company makes building and other lifestyle products from hemp materials.
John Stahl, Agstone ConstructionHemp Building Materials
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