Several customers have asked why the pages in their brand new copy of “Handplane Essentials” have a slight wave to them, like David Hasselhoff’s hair in a botanical garden.
The good news is that the wave should go away in a couple weeks. If you want to know why this happened, read on.
Because paper is a wood by-product, it is also somewhat hygroscopic, meaning that it can absorb moisture, according to our manufacturing department. We printed this book here in Ohio, where it has been very wet. After all the pages were printed, they sat at the printer for a few days while they awaited time in the bindery. During that time, the pages absorbed some moisture and got a little wavy.
As the books acclimate to your environment (like wood acclimates to your shop) they will flatten out.
We received some of the first copies from the bindery and they had the wave to them. Those first copies are indeed flattening out.
I’m told this is actually a common malady. But when you print books overseas, the books have a good long time in a container ship to acclimate.
– Christopher Schwarz