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Iron Gall ink book

For those of you who have been waiting patiently, the text went to the
printer yesterday.

The title is _Manuscript Inks_, because there is more than just iron gall
ink in the text.  Claes Lindblad, a scribe/illuminator from Sweden, gave me
permission to include his text on stick inks (Japanese and Chinese), and
Willis Johnson translated the Hebrew recipe for manufacturing ritually
correct ink (i.e., that used for writing Torah, etc.).  There is a recipe
for Persian ink, and the complete transcription of a 1596 text on the
manufacture of inks with a technical glossary.

The price is $9.95 (includes $1.00 for shipping), and the first hundred
orders will include a free bottle of iron gall ink.

Since there are a number of inks laying around the lab these days, you can
choose between a traditional ink of the 15th/16th centuries (blacker on
parchment than paper); wine gall ink (a cabernet wine which went sour,
Aleppo galls, stirred with a fig branch - very black and glossy); Pokey
Creek Black (rain water from barrels around my cabin in Idaho -
gray-black); Pie Cherry Black (tannic acid from pie cherry bark instead of
galls -a nice black-); Queen Anne cherry black (another nice black); Oak
Bark Black (actually, a brown ink); Oak Wood Black (see Oak Bark Black).

For a complete set of these inks, add $3.00 for each additional ink.


Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Laboratory
7549 N. Fenwick
Portland, OR  97217
503/735-3942 (voice/fax)


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