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Re: [BKARTS] Vellum making on Prime Time TV



Jack, are brain tanned skins not an option, or are
they too soft for binding use?

You also did not if mentioned the small scraps of
otherwise usless hide can be converted to a useful
glue, as with wascally wabbits.

Cheers,
Eli


--- "Jack C. Thompson" <tcl@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I'm a little surprised that this is perceived as a
> 'Dirty Job.'
> 
> Granted that a medieval regulation in France
> stipulated that tanneries
> must be located out-of-town and downstream, the
> collection of a skin
> here-and-there, at hunting camp, for instance,
> should not be the cause
> for comment.
> 
> It does take some time to convert a freshly killed
> animal into meat
> and other useful parts.
> 
> There is fresh liver, onions, and white wine at
> camp; sinew collected
> for the conservation of medieval manuscripts; a hide
> to be converted
> into parchment, alum-tawed skin, or a tanned hide to
> be used in covering
> a restored manuscript.
> 
> After the hide is soaked in a lime bath to help slip
> the hair (which
> goes into the compost pile to provide nitrogen) the
> material taken from
> the flesh-side feeds the squirrels, cats, dogs, and
> the odd racoon in
> the neighborhood.
> 
> And the hooves can be cooked down to recover
> 'neatsfoot' oil which can
> later be used to treat dried-out leather.
> 
> But it does take some time, and time is money.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Jack
> 
> 
> >Hi Bill,
> >
> >Just watched the vellum episode of Dirty Jobs.  Now
> I don't feel so bad
> >about the price I paid for a vellum skin at the GBW
> event in Toronto.
> >Thanks for the heads-up on this wonderful show. All
> binders should watch it!
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >John MacKrell
> >---
> >(734) 604-0992
> >www.johnmackrell.com
> 
> Thompson Conservation Lab.
> 7549 N. Fenwick
> Portland, OR  97217
> U.S.A.
> 
> 503/735-3942
> 
> http://www.teleport.com/~tcl
> 
> "The lyfe so short; the craft so long to lerne."
> Chaucer  _Parlement of Foules_  1386
> 
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