***Fyi, this is Tyler Morris Woodworking's etsy site because tylermorriswoodworking is too many letters for an etsy store. Furthermore, my kids affectionately (and accurately) call me Mr. Glueypants.***
This listing is for one of our beautifully designed and crafted Leaf Presses with 50 sheets of blotting paper. We also offer the Leaf Press as a kit. Our Leaf Press Kit is in a separate etsy listing ($170).
News alert: Tyler just wrote an article about how to make a Pressed Leaf Match game on his blog here:
A Little Background from Tyler
My 7-year old daughter, Olivia, and I caught the "leaf identifying bug" in the fall of 2012. While out on walks we would pick a couple leaves off a tree and place them in a book, then hopefully identify them at home with a few tree identification field guides that I've bought over the years. During that autumn, she and I collected hundreds of leaves and we stuffed them in my old woodworking catalogs. A few months later, while searching for an indoor activity, we simply glued the leaves onto cut-up construction paper and added some identification notes. We slid the mounted leaves in some 4" x 6" acrylic frames that we had around the house and stuck them on the fridge for display. She and I were very happy with our creations!
We resumed collecting leaves in the Spring of 2013 and I discovered that my pressing technique was flawed because the Spring leaves contain more moisture than the dry, Autumn leaves. Pressing the wet, Spring leaves between the pages of books was not allowing them to dry and flatten properly, plus the moisture was ruining the pages. We needed a designated leaf press.
Our leaf press is made of the finest American hardwoods available and is designed to last a lifetime. The sides are made of cherry; the dowel, screw and knob portions are made of maple. Plus, we use contrasting walnut plugs to hide our screws. It measures 8 1/2" tall and 9 3/4" wide and is finished with Danish oil. The press includes 50 sheets of 5" x 8" acid-free, absorbent blotting paper.
How to Collect, Press and Mount Leaves according to Tyler and Olivia
When Olivia and I go out specifically to collect leaves, we bring the press and blotting paper. We carefully choose 2 or 3 perfect leaves from a given tree, place them between the blotting paper sheets then clamp them in the press. If we don't have the press with us, we will place leaves between the pages of a magazine. We then transfer the leaves to the press as soon as possible.
We empty the press after one week. But, we typically don't mount the leaves at this point. We store our leaves between the pages of large, hard-covered books. Don't worry because at this stage the dried, flattened leaves will not damage your books.
When we're ready, we mount the leaves. This step requires a bottle of white (Elmer's) or yellow glue. The trick is to place enough glue on the leaf while preventing the glue from squeezing out on your paper. This is best achieved by placing small drops of glue on the back side of the leaf, then flipping it onto your paper. Lastly, use your fingers to clamp and smooth out your leaf.
We then like to write a note or two on the front or the back of the paper. These notes may include the common name, scientific name, shape description, date, location, or something personal; like, "my first Shantung Maple leaf found in Fort Collins!"
We then place the mounted leaf in an acrylic frame and stick it on the fridge or any metal surface. Also, Olivia frequently opts to turn her mounted leaves into birthday or friendship cards.
Feel free to contact Tyler (970-690-0503) if you have any questions because I love talking leaves (and baseball.) You may also contact Olivia. She too loves talking leaves (and cats.)
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Shipping & policies
Tyler Morris Woodworking understands how important it is that your orders arrive promptly. If we receive an order before 4pm MST on a business day, your package will leave our shop in Colorado the same day via UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail. If you need your order shipped via any UPS or USPS expedited option, please call Tyler at 970-690-0503.
Returns & exchanges
We accept returns with no questions asked. We do not believe in restocking fees or anything like that. Please send your return to Tyler Morris Woodworking, 1400 E Olive Ct Unit H, Fort Collins, CO 80524. We receive all major carriers; UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.
Shortage or wrong item.
If we made a mistake and sent you the wrong item we will send you the right item immediately and arrange to have the wrong one sent back to us at our cost. Please call Tyler at 970.493.0879 or convo us.
How to package a return.
In order to receive a full product refund or to process an exchange, we must receive products back in their original condition. If a product is returned to us and damaged during shipping, the customer is responsible for the loss or damage of the product. We have several suggestions to insure safe shipping.
Pack the product properly.
Our products are wrapped in paper, stretch wrap, or water soluble "peanuts" to keep them safe during shipping. Please re-pack the products so that the pieces aren't loose and rubbing against each other.
Insure your packages.
All shipping companies offer insurance, generally about $.35 per $100. Please keep a receipt of the shipment. If the package is lost or damaged, you need the receipt to file a claim with the shipping company.
If you received something but decide you'd rather have it another size or wood type, we're happy to exchange it for you. Exchange items will be shipped once the original item has been received and inspected. For immediate exchanges you can purchase the new item and have it sent, and then we will credit your account when the original item is received. The customer is responsible for all shipping costs.
For any questions regarding a return, please call Tyler at 970.493.0879 or convo us.