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Making parchment – part one

This is one of the things I’ve looked forward to the most this year – we get to make our own parchment. We started today by rinsing the sheepskins from salt (that they had been preserved in) in the lake. It was smelly and messy and wet, but fun nonetheless.

Then we mixed water and lime (as in the white powder, not the fruit) that the skins will soak in for 2-3 weeks, until the hair loosens and can be scraped off.

Pictures by Sandra Merten

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2 thoughts on “Making parchment – part one

  1. I expect that the smell that arises from that can after two/three weeks of soaking will causes somebody to lose their lunch.

  2. I’m already looking forward to it…

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