It's for drawing with. I believe it is described in one of the
treatise's in the Dover's Diverse (medieval) Arts book. I can't
remember the name right now - but is a craftsman type of book -
describing how to make pigments, make and paint fresco's etc.
On 10/3/13, Stefan li Rous <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This would definitely result in a softer charcoal. This is a lot more
> expensive in manpower per resultant ounce, as opposed to pound of charcoal.
> Any evidence of this being done in period?
> What would it be used for, then and now?
> On Oct 3, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Debra Hense <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> A finer, softer, charcoal can also be made from grapevine vines.
>> Surround with clay and pop in the fire until done - usually an hour or
>> so later. It takes some experimenting.
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