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Re: Is Rawhide Vellum?



Patience,

One place to check out for old vellum is music shops that replace
damaged drum & banjo heads.  Although there are a lot of synthetic
drum heads out there, some purists still insist on gen-u-wine
animal skins.

You may find enough skin left in a torn head to practice with.

You can also use ivory colored card stock for practice bindings
(in fact, I often use this method for binding photocopies)

Check out the special collections section of the U of W library
and ask for Christopher Clarkson's small booklet entitled
_Limp Vellum Binding_ and ask the librarian (Sandra Kroupa)
if anyone in the neighborhood can work with you to get you
through some of the pesky details.

While you're there, look at some examples of limp vellum bindings.

Enjoy,

Jack

Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Lab.
7549 N. Fenwick
Portland, Oregon  97217
USA

(503)735-3942 (voice/fax)

http://www.teleport.com/~tcl

"The lyf so short; the craft so long to lerne"
Chaucer, <The Parlement of Foules> 1386 A.D.

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