Pergamentor Sum!

I have produced parchment.

It’s rough parchment, but it meets all of the criteria, and hopefully round two is better in quality for less effort.

Samples go to my initial customer tomorrow…

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  1. Hey buddy, add up your pergaments on your own time…. :o)

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  2. Anna

     /  September 21, 2006

    SWEET!

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  3. Yep, I send it out today, and should be down to fine details on either side, depending on how he wants it finished. I’m wondering whether chalking will limit absorption sufficiently to make the floppy, stretched-and-opened stuff workable…

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  4. Chris - Wichita

     /  September 22, 2006

    Ok – Aside from the obvious answer, “because i have a customer”, *why* are you making parchment? Is Hogwarts opening a Dallas branch and needing to insure a supply of parchment and quills for the ickle witches and wizards, or what?

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  5. Because it involves a hobby of mine (working skins and leather), and I can make and sell the stuff for $15/s.f.

    Also, I’m at least in theory a medievalist, since I do research and publish on experimental archaeology.

    And, finally, while I love high-tech, I believe that people need to know how to survive without it in case the system crashes. Most folks would simply curl up and die if they lost their modern support system.
    We’d be hard put until the rats with antlers started breeding, but we’d have a chance. I know lots of guys whose only hope would be a UN-style refugee camp. Having a trade like that is useful, b/c of shit hits the fan, nobody’s going to bother feeding a history teacher.

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  6. Chris - Wichita

     /  September 24, 2006

    Very cool. So what kind of leather product is it? raw? tanned? I’ve handled real parchment a couple times, but never paid much attention to it.

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  7. happycrow

     /  September 24, 2006

    It’s basically very fine rawhide, made stable by removing a lot of the oils and gelatins in it.

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  8. Chris - Wichita

     /  September 25, 2006

    so you have to start with thick rawhide and end up slicing thin sheets off or something, then processing?

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  9. Yes. There are several ways, but they all boil down to reducing the thickness and getting out as much of the gelatin compounds as possible without stretching the fibers out and making the medium TOO absorbent.

    (which is unfortunately easier than it sounds)

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  10. Chris - Wichita

     /  September 25, 2006

    When did parchment finally drop out of general use?

    as an aside – one of the pieces of parchment I had, had a very odd sort of sweetish smell to it… any idea what that was about?

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  11. No, none at all.
    They haven’t been used except in academia and similar, for a long, long time…

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  12. Anna

     /  September 27, 2006

    Chris- if you are interested, here’s a link to a site with everything you ever wanted to know about parchment, their making, their use etc.,:
    http://www.ceu.hu/medstud/manual/MMM/
    Mediavel manuscript manual

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