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Subject: Source for wool felt sought

Source for wool felt sought

From: Maria Fredericks <mfredericks<-at->
Date: Monday, January 9, 2012
Can anyone recommend a current U.S. source for high-quality, clean,
white wool felts?  We have recently rejected samples and roll
material from three different manufacturers, due to the presence of
burrs, oil stains, colored wool fibers, and irregular surface
textures that seem to be significant manufacturing defects (in other
words, more serious than creasing from having been rolled, though
that is also a problem)

Some of these problematic samples came from suppliers who have
provided beautiful felts to book and paper conservators in the past,
so I am looking particularly for good material from a recent making.
Several vendors I spoke to cited a decline in the raw material
available to them (and I suspect there is also relatively little
demand for the quality of felts we use in conservation).  However, I
hope there is still a viable source somewhere.

Ideally we are looking for F-5 and F-10 densities, in 1/4 inch and
1/2 inch thicknesses.

Maria L. Fredericks
Drue Heinz Book Conservator
Thaw Conservation Center
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-3403
212-590-0379
Fax: 212-768-5673


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