Horie shreds the branches and dries them for a week or two, then peels away the bark, leaving ribbons of fuzzy off-white fibers. These she boils for about four hours to soften, then pounds the fibers into pulp using a wooden mallet on a large flat stone by the stream outside her house. When the fibers are broken short and silky, she transfers the mass of pulp to a washtub of water (that she draws from a well with and old-fashioned hand pump). A handful of fiber expands to fill the tub with a pulpy soup. She swoops a screen through this slurry and lifts it out to inspect the distribution of fibers. She might swoop again to make a thicker paper, or manipulate the bits of gampi into a more pleasing pattern. When she’s satisfied, she leaves the paper to dry overnight in the breeze.