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Physical Properties of Hide Glue and White Glue
By John A. Tuttle

Biodegradability of Hide Glue?  Bug Attractant?

Hi All,  For those following the thread on Hot Hide Glue and White
Glues, I have started an aggressive quest to gather factual, provable,
repeatable and incontrovertible evidence about the physical properties
of modern white glues and hot hide glue.

One fact that I found quite interesting in my search thus far is that
hide glue has been around for nearly 4000 years.  Also, there are many
documented cases of various pieces of furniture that are over 300 years
old that were assembled with hide glue.  Point being that if there is
any degrading of the hide glue due to age, the documentation is hidden
in someone's desk and has never seen the light of day.  Also, I have
been unable to find any information which indicates that bugs of any
sort are attracted to dry, cured hide glue.

Just once, I'd like to reach a final summation in this forum.
Virtually nothing ever gets resolved here.  Opinions on top of opinions
on top of more opinions until the thread just vanishes into obscurity
and no one really knows what to believe.  Therefore, I've contacted
Bjorn Industries, makers of the hide glue used at the Smithsonian
Institute, and asked for all the information they can provide, so we
can put this thread to rest!

Musically,

John A. Tuttle

 [ Mechanical Music Digest is really only the communication element
 [ of this forum, where everyone can speak his mind.  Forums, in
 [ general, don't result in a consensus, but I suppose that one could
 [ eventually tally the 'ayes' and nays' appearing in MMD.  Let's
 [ continue gathering facts about this Glue of Antiquity.  -- Robbie


(Message sent Wed 23 Jun 1999, 14:57:52 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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