Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Labor Day

I've wanted to test yucca for papermaking for years. I got scolded for trimming the outer leaves the way that I did, but I don't think they look THAT bad, and will eventually get back to looking the way they did once the new outer leaves fall down.
Velma warned me about the suds that will appear when I cook, which reminded me about yucca being used to make soap. I'm glad that I'm doing a cold cook for a week, soaking everything in soda ash and water while I decide whether I want to use induction or electric heat.
The labor hurt a lot but it was only about an hour and a half of work, so I can't complain. I need a better decorticating tool but it's all reasonable if I space the work out rather than trying to do all the steps in a hurry hurry hurry. I'm trying to not be in such a rush, imagine that!

Last week's labor included updating my bibliography and publication list. I would happily scrape yucca to avoid doing that kind of work again!

2 comments:

  1. i remember asao using a broken plate for a decorticating pina (i think). he used the sharp edge for some reason instead of a knife of some kind. you will have BUBBLES!

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  2. the broken plate idea is genius!

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