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Paste Pot Dinosaur



Hooray for dinosaurs !! My semi-annual thanks to you, Jack, for sharing with
us your wonderful, wry wisdom.
BEST to you..........from Lilias - at Saltwinds Yankee Barn Workshop

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>At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur (which I am fast becoming) cooking
>wheat starch paste by hand in my stainless steel double boiler is a task
>which still pleases me.  It takes me away from the bench/telephone/computer
>and forces me to slow down while I focus on feeling the starch and water
>slurry slowly thicken to a maximum and then begin to thin out as the
>membranes surrounding the starch particles begin to burst.
>
>After pouring the cooked wheat starch paste into a container of water,
>assisted by the wooden paddle which I used to stir the paste, I wash the
>implements and work a finger-full of paste between my fingers and that
>tells me much about the quality of the particular batch of paste (there are
>differences between a batch of paste freshly made & cooked and one which
>sits around for a day or two before cooking; the latter is smoother and
>will be stronger after being very diluted for use.)
>
>Sometimes, what I am working on requires the paste with very little
>dilution; at other times, for instance, when I am restoring an Asian
>screen, scroll, or woodblock print, the paste must be diluted to an extreme
>degree.
>
>A machine which stirs my paste cannot tell me what I need to know.  Not yet.
>
>Cheers,
>
>Jack
>
>Jack C. Thompson Thompson Conservation Laboratory Portland, Oregon 97217 USA
>
>503/735-3942  (voice/fax)
>
>http://www.teleport.com/~tcl
>
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