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Sir Francis Beaufort's historic scale helps explain wind force with clear and beautiful phrases—"crested wavelets form on inland waters" or "inconvenience in walking against wind." The descriptions of the thirteen categories, from Calm to Hurricane, provide a poetic rhythm with page design that echoes the strengthening wind as the reader progresses.

Letterpress printed on Somerset paper on a Vandercook 4 proof press with handset metal type in Perpetua, and wood type for blind printing. Bound in a modified softcover crown binding. Created at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in an edition of 13 copies during hurricane season 2015. Housed in a cloth covered clamshell box with a printed table of the scale's thirteen levels of wind force.

Artist Bio

Stephanie Wolff is an artist who works with paper, text, textile and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. As a longtime teacher of book arts, Stephanie enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. www.stephaniewolffstudio.com @stephaniewolffstudio