Traditional methods used in Brentford factory to turn animal skins into parchment.
Making Parchment. Part of THE VERY IDEA issue.
Brentford, Middlesex / Greater London.
Traditional industrial process of refining goat, sheep and calf skin to make paper and drums. Various shots of old factory. Various shots of men dunking animal hides into lime pits to cleans them. The hair is then scraped from the skins. Various shots of hides being tightened and stretched on a frame. C/U of old worker. C/U of semicircular shaving knife. Various shots of skins being shaved to level them out. The removal of grease from the skins then takes place, they are put steam baths. Various shots of skins drying on frames. Various shots of worker smoothing skin by rubbing it with pumice powder. Various shots of skins being used to make drums and paper scrolls.