Re: Calf marbling
- Yes, I supposed so. It's called 'tree root paper' and, as far as I have been able to ascertain,
it was not made as an imitation but just on another base - the same way one decorates
bookbinders cloth instead of paper for a change. A predominantly 19th century pattern
that combines sprinkling with dribbling and clever handling of the right chemicals. There
are several methods and recipes in literature, one about as toxic and useless as the others.
Papier coulé is the French expression for dribbled paper.
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, Jake Benson <handbindery@b...> wrote:
> The brown one near the bottom, But after looking at it again, it isn't
> actual calf, but a paper that imitates a calf marbled pattern. Calf
> marbling has nothing to do with paper marbling. It was made using
> chemical solutions such as potash, ferrous sulfate, which were
> sprinkled, drizzled onto the surface of the finished calf binding.
> Sometimes the pattern would form the shape of a kind of bush or tree,
> so it was called "tree calf in English.
> Here are the links to the definitions in the Etherington and Roberts
> online dictionary:
> The imitation paper seen on the Publisher's Binding site was made more
> along the lines of paste paper, I believe- would you know Susanne?
> Paper wouldn't hold up to such a chemical bombardment. Something of of
> a "drizzled" paper- or perhaps similar to the French coulé method?
> These papers certainly seem to have have held up far better than many
> of the "marbled calf" bindings.
> > Which of them do you call 'calf marbles', Jake?