Sizing the Pages

 We have decided to make our pages the original sizes from the Book of Durrow, which are 24.2 x 15.5 cm. Because of this we have discovered that we didn’t initially purchase enough parchment. I can only imagine how much of a problem this would be for a monk working a scriptorium to not have enough parchment. Apparently a single manuscript could take as many as 300 sheep hides.

We will be folding a piece of parchment in half , which is a technique done in the medieval period with a tool called a bone folder. This allowed the folded pages to be scored and sit flatly without being fully cut apart.

Pictures and reports of our progress to follow…

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