How to Make Quill & Ink

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by VHestin, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Not sure if this should be here or in Bushcraft. It's another info page I found years ago, how to make your own ink(and a quill if you have goose feathers, I saved some from when we had geese).

    Quill and Ink Recipe
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  2. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Nice, I copied the info here so we don't lose it if that site disappears. I also moved the thread to Back to Basics

    With full credit to: ThinkQuest : Library

  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I just made an attempt at making the walnut shell ink, but it didn't turn out. I crushed up 3 walnut shells, and a brazil nut, too. I followed the recipe and even boiled the shells with vinegar and salt for an extended period. It barely turned to a tea color. Even writing on super bright white paper, it's almost like writing with secret ink or something...

    I am thinking perhaps the recipe calls for the walnut husk, as opposed to just the little shell of the walnut. I see them all the time on the ground, perhaps I should use the whole walnut husk as it falls from the tree instead of the little walnut shell we get in the store. It seems so hard to explain this, but the walnut from the store is what's inside the bigger walnut husk. I am thinking this is what ink is made out of instead of the "shell".
  4. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    If you know what a Black Walnut husk can do to your driveway, then I would say you are right Brokor. They stain the concrete indelibly.
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