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9048Re: [medieval-leather] Re: pitch

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  • Ron Charlotte
    Feb 2, 2004
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      At 06:31 PM 2/2/04 +0000, Marc wrote:
      >--- In medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com, Ron Charlotte <ronch2@b...>
      >wrote:
      > > This now has me curious enough to try some tinkering. I live in an
      > > area that was once a turpentine plantation, so most of the local pines
      > > are the correct type, there are also enough horse people locally, that
      > > pine tar and venice turpentine are readily available. I've a major
      > > metalworking demo coming up (It's where I make most of my year's
      > > supply of generic findings), but after that I will have time to
      > > experiment.
      >
      >Please, I'd be interested to hear about it.
      >
      >Just a not of caution, I found to my irritation that what is sold
      >around her as "pine tar" has been mixed with something to keep it from
      >hardening. I need to see if I can boil it out, but am somewhat
      >cicumscribed by the fact that I live in an apartment and so building a
      >large enough fire to try separating out this stuff is not feasible.

      I _think_ that it's just that they didn't cook off as much of the
      turpentine as the hardening pitch has had cooked out. One of the local
      historical sites has a working 19th century turpentine rig, I'll have to
      pick their brains.


      Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
      ronch2@... OR afn03234@...

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