How to: make parchment and vellum

Today ideas of a post-paper world are floating around, but what was used before paper was commonly available? Let us walk you through the process of making parchment and vellum. Before paper was widely manufactured and used, scribes depended on parchment, the final product of an involved and costly process. In what might look like a morbid practice now, parchment and vellum were processed from animal skin into durable materials, without which we would not possess the wealth of knowledge that we have today. At risk of sounding like a parchment ‘Do It Yourself’ guide, the value of parchment and vellum can’t be understood without a little know-how about its production. Depending on the producti

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