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The Foragers: How to make medieval ink from Oak Galls ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Here the foragers show you how to make medieval ink using foraged Oak Galls. This simple recipe uses only Oak Galls, Iron Sulphate and water, so everyone to become a medieval writer.

A film by The Foragers
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Posted in: Uncategorised ~ On: 16 May, 2018

4 comments so far

Take It Outside
May 16, 2018

Very nice video. Thanks for taking the time to make this.

alaskankare
May 16, 2018

I'd love to see what other items can be used to make ink or dyes. 🙂 Great video

Brumby Bailey
May 17, 2018

That was cool! Now to find out if we have oak gall wasps in Australia.

Clau
June 8, 2018

There are many kinds of oak galls, as there are many varieties of gall wasps and they have sometimes two sexual cycles (each one creates a different gall), only one type is called "apple" gall and there are also currant galls, marble galls, knopper galls, artichoke galls, silk button galls… The recommended galls for ink making were Aleppo galls, traditionally brought from Turkey (due to them having a higher level of tannin), but in the UK we can use marble galls. Iron gall ink is the most durable and resistant ink, but it's a nightmare for conservators, due to it's acid content and many historical documents have suffered the corrosion.

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