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....


The purpose of this blog isn't so much a journal, as it is a place where I can host my origami videos, for the purpose of sharing with Origami-L, as well as with friends and all who can appreciate the joys of paperfolding.
Special thanks to Michael Whitt for educating me on the wonders of modern technology.

This place is still under massive construction, and this post will remain at the top until I have all my videos from the past year uploaded. Don't be fooled by the dates. I decided to date them according to around the time they were made, so much of what you'll find will be in the archives.

Stay tuned!

Update 10/13/05- This blog is now pretty much current, as far as all my videos go. There might be a couple more old ones I'll upload later. The links column is ever-chang
ing, as time permits. If you have an origami page (chances are I already have it, but just haven't put it up yet) you'd like me to link to, it'll probably go up quicker if you e-mail it to me (or leave a comment here) .

A reminder to those who don't know, since I get asked quite frequently: The tools I am using in order to make these videos is an old, beat up 2.0 Canon digital camera and Windows movie maker, which is a free feature with your Windows package. The camera only takes movie clips at 10-20 seconds in length. String 'em together, laced with music, and there ya go! It's really quite simple; and the ease of today's technology makes one feel like a genius.

Update 11/08/05 Someone asked me if it is possible to view the videos on a larger screen. If you click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner of the embedded screen (or double-click), it will take you directly to where the video is actually hosted. There, you will notice a new icon at the bottom-right in the form of a square with an arrow through it. Click that, and it will enlarge the screen for you.

I hope this inspires others on the O-List to share videos of what's going on in their neck of the woods, whether it's vids similar to mine or completely different.

Hope you guys enjoy what you see!
Update 04/28/07 I now have been using a Sony Cybershot DSC-H, which allows me to take much better videoclips, and not cut out after 10 seconds. With a 4GB memory card, I can take a pretty long video, now. In light of that, you will be seeing more videos, minus the music.


mlwhitt said...

Cool, checking out the videos. Glad you liked the link.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Egad! Didn't think I'd have a visitor so quickly! Thanks for all your help and tips, Michael. I'm still doing major renovations and house-building here; it'll take me the rest of the month before I'm settled in and ready to unveil this blogsite to my fellow origamists.

bee said...

Thank you for visiting our site!
Your site is really great !

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hehe...thanks for trailing me back here. It was a pleasure to discover your blog.

Moogie said...

Thanks for sharing....Makes me want to fold

steyen said...

i like this site.very informative,very helpful, and i will visit more often!

Tomás Ferrada said...

Very nice blog (From Chile):

Could sendme this video?
(to: )
(Excusez me, I don´t speak english...but...I read it)

Thank you

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Odd that the embed code you have doesn't work. Hope the one I provided did the trick.

Anna said...

Hey Word,
I remembered your love of origami and had to give you this link for an artist who creates tiny origami shapes and makes them into jewelry!
Hapa's Etsy Shop

I was checking out Sarah (Ben & Noah's mom) Hodson's art site and now I'm considering setting up an Etsy shop for my beadwork!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for thinking of me, Anna. Don't you have candles that you make? Beadwork?

dcat said...

Happy New Year!

? will it work?


Anonymous said...

I tried out Origami once. It didn't happen. Nice work on the videos though!

MeDiCal StUdEnT said...

hey... interesting Blog..!

Ana M said...

Thanks for the small window that you open for us!!!!

Is a great blog and a sweet work...


The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks, Ana. I have you linked.

skye said...

Hello Word!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Um...hello skye! Thanks for gracing this blog with your presence. lol.

Beadchaser said...

Great references :)

Your work is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

wow! what great art you do and thanks for having all those good links!

cube said...

Cool. I've been an origami fan since I made my first flapping crane in 2nd grade.

Anonymous said...

Hi, trying to reach Michael Ujin Sanders for an event at the Natural History Museum in LA. Please shoot me an email at Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

You should be grateful to Sony cybershot DSC-H, which is helping you to get the best video clips. Because of this I am getting an opportunity to watch more and more video clips.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Good to see you have other talents instead of being a &%#$head!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Being a &%#$head is what I do time, please keep your political hatred out of this blog and pollute the appropriate one, Karyn. Thanks.

K said...

Good Day!
The very first thing I want to tell you is that you are a GREAT folder, and you do really nice-looking things. And another thing I'd like to ask you is if I could talk to you in a more personally way, there's something I'd like to discuss with you. my e-mail is:

Thakn you
Sincerily yours,

Anonymous said...

wow, i rarely meet an American who is Origaminut :) I love it, but lack of time makes it difficult to pursue. I would like to know if you are interested in getting "deputized" for an upcoming news/commentary. Couldn´t find your email...

the site we are releasing:, it is geared as international center-right.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


I did email you, but never heard back.


Don't know how you happened upon me, but methinks you are commenting on the wrong blog. I have 3 blogs in my profile (one hidden, actually). Try the other one.

Mark said...

While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!

AnthonyRC said...

Dude you need to write a book on dollar-gami! I'd buy a copy! All I know how to do is that cheesy ring I learned in high school, and honestly I don't know if I still can!

Cindy said...

Hi Michael,
I saw that you are doing a class for homeschoolers in West LA. Would you consider doing a workshop down in Long Beach? Please let me know. Thanks!

Holiday Park Breaks said...

What a wonderful collection of drawings! Thanks so much for publishing these!

christian soldier said...

Hey WS-did you know that your other site is now un-openable-it was declared an 'attack site"?????!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yeah, I figured it out yesterday when I tried to visit it. Apparently, it's been that way since the 16th. Not sure if it's a bad link on my page.

If you have any ideas on how to track down the malware and figure it out, let me know.

CraneMotion said...


I recently made a YouTube stop motion video that has an origami crane as the star. I hope you like it, and will share it with your readers.


Kort Linden
(760) 686-7962

Nek Eduard said...

I have a site with origami providing me. With only a paper you can make everithing.

Melissa Kojima said...

Hello, I'm a fellow origami enthusiast. I love your origami, especially the rabbits at the table with carrots. Good luck with making more videos of them and nice to know you've got a bigger memory card for longer videos.

I just found this iPad origami application and was wondering what you thought of it. I think it is helpful to be able to have control of how fast or slow the instruction is. I also like that you can move the origami in any direction to really understand how the fold was made.

It would be interesting to hear your opinions and thoughts.

Jimmy said...

Ahoy there! My girlfriend is interested in origami too. We loved browsing through your work. Thank you for sharing, even if you think it is 2063. :P

International calls

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The year is 2063. You have come 52 years into the future in this post.

Not sure what to make of the last couple of comments since they seem like spam/advertisements with the links...but I'll let them stand since they aren't of the automated spam variety that gives the generic "love your site! Found this blog very interesting and informative" comment.

James said...

Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Origami Community? Our members will love it.
It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Photos, Videos and Classifieds if you like. It’s free and easy.
Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
The Origami Community:
I hope you consider sharing with us.
Thank you,
James Kaufman, Editor

Bruce E. Sellers said...

Hi, the Origami sites link is not working. It shows server not found! The post is very informative. Guys are enjoying the post & leaving their expressions. Hope to see many more exciting post here.

Anonymous said...

Michael is a really great folder - I folded with him at WCOG from 1998-2003 and he has a true passion and is a gifted folder.

He has not commented for over a year (last posting from him in 2011), so I wonder how he is ?

I would really like to get in touch to get his help on how to fold the Origami Angel that Phylis would teach every X-mas and we would decorate the tree in the library with.. it was a very nice angel with beautiful wings, a halo and praying hands...

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hey anon,

Who is this? It's not true that I haven't posted a comment since 2011. That's a headscratcher...

I can help you with that angel if you're still able to attend WCOG.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, it's Jerry - remember me from WCOG meetings ? I am on the East Coast, so unable to attend WCOG meetings :(

So sad to hear about the passing of Phylis, she was a very genuine person with good spirit.

Is there anyway you can send me diagram or in process photos of Phylis' Angel ? I tried your old e-mail addresses, but maybe they no longer work. (I will send my e-mail to Helen, if you can get it from her).

According to Cathy Ortiz, the Angel was a design Phylis learned from her friend Louise Cooper, and (according to David Lister) Louise co-founded WCOG in 1972 after a visit from Alice Gray - friend of Lillian Oppenheimer and co-founder of Origami USA.

Please check with Helen, hope to get in touch with you soon.

Keep on folding,

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I'm sorry, Jerry. I forgot all about replying back to you!

Helen's in Italy right now; but I will email her for your address.

Good to hear from you.

Since you're on the east coast, I hope you are in NYC right now for OUSA.

Danielle said...

Hi, Really nice site. So much information and so up to date!
If you like you might add a link to my origami website/blog too! I know I would like that :)
Happy folding!
Danielle (from the Netherlands)

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Added your beautiful blog onto my sidebar Danielle. Thank you!

Anonymous said...


This comment is only to thank you for setting in your list "Origami Blogs" a link to my blog. I really appreciated!


Paper Paladin said...

You're welcome.

I think I may have the largest collection of origami blog links hooked up to the sidebar.

Anonymous said...

Aloha Michael,

You were refereed to me by Cathy. If this finds its way to You, please contact me at



Wakawakashii said...

I found your blog and was wondering if you would be interested in spreading the word about a Kickstarter I just launched on pre-creased origami paper.

I folded 1,000 paper cranes last year. I was struggling so much with the sheer quantity until I started embossing my paper with the required folding times. After embossing, I could fold the cranes in half the time without looking at my hands!

I want to share this idea with any other origami enthusiasts or beginners who want an easier way to get into paper folding, so I need to spread the word!

Thank you very much for your consideration!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Hey Jill,

I apologize! I just now noticed your comment. Even though your Kickstarter goal date has expired, I will still do a post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael - it's your old buddy Jerry from WCOG days - thought this would make an interesting addition to your blog - an example of origami from Nature! I wonder if it would be possible to incorporate the fold in an actual Ladybug origami model !! Cheers - Jerry

Anonymous said...

Forgot the link...

PayliTuzu said...

The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lot of information is helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating the blog, looking forward for more content...Great job, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, it's your buddy Jerry from WCOG - sharing info on origami inspired children's clothes that grows as child grows!

Can you take this concept and fold me some pants that will grow with me as my stomach grows?! (ha ha ha!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael - Jerry again - This Origami Bike Helmet won $30,000 prize! What other innovative ways can we use origami?!

Definitely solves problem of where to carry your bike helmet - just fold it up and put it in your pocket !

Paper Paladin said...

Thanks, Jerry! Hope you are well!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael - Jerry again - sorry to hear about passing of Yami.

wanted to share info on Robert J. Lang's new book

can't wait to get my copy.
Keep folding,

Fulan said...

please visit back...