[Cynnabar] Has anyone got this?
randyasplund at comcast.net
Wed Mar 16 15:35:59 UTC 2011
As some of you know, I am trying to write a book about how books were
made in the middle ages, and that means learning how they made
parchment for the pages and colors to paint the illustrations. I need
to improve upon some earlier experiments, and I need your help.
First, Arin and I are looking for a bit of Hedera Helix ivy (common
English ivy somewhere not to far from where we live (N.W. Ann Arbor).
We need to tap it and collect some of the sap for making color. Looks
like about now is the good time to be doing it.
If you have a sizable ivy in your yard, would you please contact us?
No ivy will be damaged. We just make a little hole in the larger stem.
Second, I am looking for a source for two animal things. I need a few
skins fresh off the animal. It can be sheep, goat or calf. The goal
being to make some parchment. The other animal thing I need is the
gall from a cow. "Ox gall" s a yellow fluid that can be made into
These materials are for experiments in making materials for historic
book arts. I'm looking for places that would waste these things at the
time of slaughter.
If you know of anyplace that I might contact for these animal parts,
or you know someone who may know, would you please help us connect?
The source should not be too far from Ann Arbor, if possible.
Maker of Medieval books and
Illustrator of Science Fiction & Fantasy
2101 S. Circle Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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