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Re: BBS format

I stand corrected!  I thought for sure vellum was sheepskin.  And didn't know about parchment at all - for some bizarre reason I was relating it to papyrus (talk about primitive)!  Thanks!

From: "Dennis Moser" <sinsofmachaut@gmail.com>
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:55:46 PM
Subject: Re: BBS format

You do know that both "vellum" and "parchment" have absolutely nothing
to do with paper, per se? That it is a marketing term, only? As for
"best" paper, you can't do any better than this guy:


Vellum and parchment specifically refer to animal hides that have been
stretched, scraped, and soaked in alkaline/lime solutions to produce
an appropriate writing solution. This often achieved by rubbing
various chalk-like substances to give a smoother surface for writing.
They are NOT tanned (they'd be called "leather" if they were!).

Vellum is more generally associated specifically with calf and cow
hides; parchment is more generally used with sheep, goat, and deer

And that's it from Ye Book Binder, Conservator, and Calligrapher's
Corner for today —




On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Christophe <cburke55@comcast.net> wrote:
>>And "parchment" paper is just paper; perhaps you mean they use goose
> quill on sheep parchment?<
> Vellum, it's called.  Very high end!
> ________________________________