The Cowley’s experience

For those who don’t know, William Cowley’s is the last remaining vellum maker in the UK and the only one in the world to hand-finish the skins. They make  use of the skins left over from our meat consumption, so that almost none of the animal is wasted. That is an important fact; no animal is slaughtered for the production of vellum. It is a waste product that would otherwise go to land-fill.

Today, four botanical artists and a self-proclaimed bag-man visited Cowley’s. We were looked after royally. I think in fact that they will need a day to recover from our visit!

Welcome at Cowley's
Welcome at Cowley’s
Gaynor, starting the preparation.
Gaynor, starting the preparation.
Dianne Sutherland making her own vellum
Dianne Sutherland shaving her own vellum
Sarah Morrish thinking about her bugs and beasties for her vellum.
Sarah Morrish thinking about her bugs and beasties for her vellum.
Robin, no longer bag-man, but preparer of vellum.
Robin, no longer bag-man, but preparer of vellum.
What happens if this goes through the skin?
What happens if this goes through the skin?
Shevaun Doherty found this Ooooh worthy!
Shevaun Doherty found this Ooooh worthy!
Paul, catering to all our needs!
Paul, catering to all our needs!
Four happy botanical artists.
Four very happy botanical artists.

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