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Chemical Formula Coasters

Posted by Fallon Foster on

Chemical Formula Coasters Sometimes you just have to do something geeky and nerdy and goofy and fun.  That's my position anyway.  I'm not convinced there's a huge market for coasters (outside of informal christmas gift exchanges) but I rather liked the idea of tossing some chemistry in.  At first I was going to do include tea, coffee, and soda but that didn't quite work out.  The first molecule I picked for tea, Theflavin, turned out to be too large to fit on a coaster.  Seriously.  And of course soda is a complex, unholy solution of ichor and other not-so-good things. ...

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A Treatise on Tanning

Posted by Fallon Foster on

Most people are probably aware that leather comes from animals, usually cattle.  I would imagine that most people also know that the hides then undergo a process called tanning that turns them into leather.  So I might be alone in wanting to know how animal hides are given the properties that make them this awesomely useful material we call leather.  I'd wager though, that I'm not alone so just in case that's the case, here's this week's SCIENCE! post; all about how leather becomes leather. It seems to be a bit tricky to figure out who the very first tanners...

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How old is Leatherworking?

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I have about a dozen books on differing aspects of leatherworking.  I have books on braiding, tooling techniques, tooling styles, stitching, etc but aside from the material each and every one of these books shares something in common.  They all have a paragraph or three near the start of the book describing leatherworking as humanity's oldest craft.  They usually paint the picture of the hypothetical "caveman" stitching together animal hides as the earliest instances of the craft, long before we as a species were forging metals or making bows. Based on our modern concept of anthropology this statement, that leathercraft...

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