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It's also for making gun powder.  It is EXTREMELY fine, and falls apart at
the touch if cooked long enough.

Franz



On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM, Debra Hense <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >    Stefan
> >
> > 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.
> >>
> >> Kateryn
> >
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