Sunday, October 07, 2063


Update 3/9/2014 10:38

Caricature by Lar DeSouza
I'm finally updating the welcome post which is only able to sit at the top of this dated blog because it's post-posted 49 years into the future.  The last update was 7 years ago.

When I first began this blog back in late 2004, It was for the purpose of hosting videos documenting the Westcoast Origami Guild- I believe the longest, most established origami folding group in the greater LA area.

Since that time, Have Paper Will Travel has evolved.  It's more an aggregate blog for all sorts of origami and origami-related items floating around out there that I find interesting; and which I may think readers and followers out there might also find of interest.

There is so much content on the internet these days, it's hard to follow it all.  

My sidebar is one of the largest collections of origami-content links in one place.  FYI, it gets updated periodically with new links as I find them.  I should alert readers whenever I add something new, but haven't been (yet).  If you'd like your site or photo album linked and don't see it in the sidebar (check around very carefully and under the proper category), just let me know.  There are sooooo many photo albums out there (it seems almost every folder on the planet has one), I could spend all day collecting up links and still have more to go.

 I'd like to do what I can to expand the audience and draw more attention to noteworthy sites and folders; to bring more exposure to the art and science of paperfolding; and to bring more people into "the fold".

  There are so many great folders out there on the level of well-known luminaries like Satoshi Kamiya, Brian Chan, and Robert Lang.  I think this especially began to happen after Dr. Lang published "Origami Design Secrets", which I've still not taken the time to sit down and study (let alone fold much from). 

Anyway, thanks to everyone who comes by and takes something of usefulness away from here.  Feel free to drop in a comment for any suggestions.  

I realize that those viewing on mobile devices may have a difficult time reading the lighter colored font.  I still do not like the background layout of what blogger did to this blog and may eventually update the layout again when I have the time and energy to research into it.  In the meantime....


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Disaster Relief Ad Counsel commercial featuring dollar origami

Joel Stern recently inquired to the Origami-L about an ad that's been recycled in wake of the California wildfires.

While using the search function for any previous discussions about it on the O-List, I came across an email sent to me by a friend in December of 2012, linking to this upload.  I had replied that it had been a topic of discussion, and sent her this link.  But I don't know where I had previously seen the ad referenced and what the final resolution was. 

Digging further, via Google search, I think I finally solved the mystery of who worked on the ad

Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Friesen worked with Ad Council on an advertisement that featured dollar bills folded into different origami shapes.

More recently, Friesen combined efforts with the Brooklyn studio to fold about 3,000 origami roses in three weeks. The roses were used in an ad campaign for LAIKA animation studios and Focus Features’ stop motion animation film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” which will be in theaters August 19.
For Friesen, each project is different and an opportunity to learn something new.
“I feel fortunate,” Friesen said, “to have a job that I’m excited about every day.”

Here is Ben Friesen's website.

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Breaking Standard Laws of Origami

National Geographic:
A group of researchers led by Andres Arrieta, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, recently published a paper in Science about how earwigs’ wings work. When the team tried to model the unfolding mechanism using a traditional understanding of origami-like folding, it did not compute. The wings simply do not fold like typical well-known materials (think paper) at a single crease.
Instead, Arrieta’s team found that the wings work by possessing spring-like folds, which have two stable configurations. He likens them to slap bracelets, which can stably switch between two different orientations.
Julia Deiters, a researcher at Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen who recently co-authored a study on the topic, says the wings are also stabilized by folds that are bended, as opposed to straight. These arrange mechanical forces in a way that enables the wings to “lock,” either when they are completely open or folded up.
Arrieta and others hope to use their insights into the wings’ mechanisms to create mimics in the future. “The wing gave us the recipe to make similar manmade materials,” he says. Such materials could be an invaluable tool with potential applications for making things like quick-assembly tents, portable solar panels, and compact electronics.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

14 years of service!

Today marks the 14th year anniversary of this blog, down to the minute.  I think it's one of the first origami blogs that opened for business; certainly one of the longest lasting ones.   A conservative talk radio host, Hugh Hewitt, was the one who got me into the idea of blogging, in 2004.  Back then, there weren't a great deal of origami content on the internet.  Not like it is today.  Back then, it was easy to go visit known websites, blogs, and photo galleries and not be overwhelmed.  Today, there is so much content out there, there is simply no way I could look at everything.  It's the same with books and folding models- just too much out there and not enough hours in the day, let alone energy and enthusiasm to make it happen.

I've gone through phases where this blog wasn't a priority; although the Sunday Funnies are automatically scheduled to publish and is lined up all the way into 2023, at the moment.  Very few repeat cartoons, too.

I know the look and platform this blog operates on is dated; but it's free; and it'd be a big headache to try and move almost 1400 blogposts in the archives over to a newer platform.  I'm grateful to for having remained in business for so long.

I think I have the most extensive sidebar link of blogs, websites, photo albums, and services than any other origami-related site.  There are a number of blogs linked that are no longer functioning.  I haven't removed them because they're a way for me to remember that they once existed.  I wish people wouldn't delete their old blogs but leave them up as archived history.  Amidst all the junk, and internet clutter there's also been some great content out there.

Check out my first blog post.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Favorite Tweezers

Some people think you must be cheating if you're using a tool.  Certainly, there's something to be said to have the skill to work small folds with only your anatomical tools; but tweezers are no different than how folding on a table is a tool.  And being able to use tools can be an art in itself.

There are a number of tweezers I like to use; but the two pictured are my top 2 favorites.  Especially the top one:  La Cross by Sally Hansen Precise Tweez over glasses Tweezers Angled Tip 71950.

On Amazon, they're being advertised for $45.99.  Cheapest I found was through eBay for $19.99.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Traditional Models

Some of these models I've never folded before.  I got a call requesting 5-10 traditional models for some fashion ad last Thursday, originally to be due Friday; but they ended up being picked up on Saturday.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Petty Samurai

Designed by Dave Petty
Folded by Michael Sanders 
6” x 1.5” rectangle (1:4)
Source: BOS Convention 2000
Thank you, Andrew Hans.

Friday, November 02, 2018


Folded by Joe Hamamoto

The swan-shaped receptacles were folded by me years ago- found in the 2002 May issue #321 of NOA.  Designed by Mr. Kazukuni ENDO. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Shiba by Takashi Toyomura

The details on the head are amazing!

Photo by Hiroaki Kobayashi
23th Origami Tanteidan Convention. Exhibition of Takashi Toyomura

 Even has a sniff hole:


And the tail is impressive, too!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Penguin that can stand on its head

Kinda like the tarumpty tum tum/tumbler:

Isamu Sasagawa's Biting Skull (puppet)

I folded this a month or so ago:

Fun little puppet.  I used some leftover elephant hide to fold this (don't remember what size paper).  Because of the natural stiffness of the paper, no tape needed to stick to the fingers and keep the mouth open (as suggested by Sasagawa in his video, and due to the paper he folded with). 

If you enjoy this model, check out Isamu Sasagawa's channel for more fun and original action models.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October POP meeting

Jared in charge!

I arrived an hour into this month's POP meetup.  Joel Stern was out so Jared Needle was charged with running the meeting.   He was just finishing up with teaching Hideo Komatsu's jack-o-lantern.

Larry taught a bat that I believe (from Larry's description) is from a Tadashi Mori bat video.  Ours don't quite look like the bat in the video, as Larry had to jog his memory and reverse engineer his sample, in teaching.  But I browsed the video and am pretty sure this is the one.

Luca taught a pyramid.  (David Donahue's model?).

And Brad taught an Arnold Tubis triangle box from a hexagon- 1 of 15 models that will appear in Arnold's next book.

Also a bit of promotion for Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles' monozukuri festival showcasing their most recent exhibit, The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking.

Jared, Joel, and Brad are participating by representing origami with large scale models. It should run for a few days beginning the first weekend in November.

Sunday Funnies


Saturday, October 27, 2018


Turned my first folded Joisel dwarf/gnome into an accordionist:

Created by Hare (ru)
Elephant hide

Matthew Green's Rhombus with a Twist

Just concluded a live feed online origami class with Matthew Green teaching his Rhombase with a twist model. This is a 4-piece version that spins!

Excellent, enjoyable interactive teaching in Spanish and in English!

For future classes, like the page, Origamex.

For Rhombus twist class, tutorial is still available, post-live feed.