This gentle has given me permission to cross-post this. She has
emailed me privately, and will be sending me the actual recipes once
she gets them worked out.
Maybe everyone else here already knows about this, but I think it's
(it also means I can probably use milk paint stain, or even cheat and
use Rit dye, since I'm not real keen on manure <g>)
--- In MedievalEncampments@yahoogroups.com
, "KATROUS" <katrous@y...>
> I thought the list might be interested to know I've come across a
> period recipe for dyeing wood specifically to use in furniture.
> Its inthe 1558 edition of "The secretes of the reverende Maister
> Alexis of Piemount" and has a great title "A very goodly secret to
> dye or color wood, of whatever color a man will, which some joiners
> do use that make tables and other things of divers colors and do
> esteem it among themselves to be of such excellency that one
> brother will not teach it[to] another." (I've modernized the
> The first thing you're instructed to do is to collect fresh horse
> manure and press the water out of it. You then use this liquid
> along with alum, gum arabic and whatever dye you want to color the
> wood(which is soaked in the mixture in direct sun light, or well
> removed from the fire, until you get the colors you want).
> Supposedly the color will fully penetrate the wood. I don't know
> what chemical benefit there is (if any) to the manure, but I've
> asked on the NaturalDyes list to see if someone else does!