Massive mycelium networks move carbon, nutrients and messages between trees.

Mushrooms: are they the LEAST understood life form? I was raised with the idea that fungi is neither plant nor animal, and somehow therefore less significant than lifeforms that can lord it up with their very own kingdom. I was also told not to pick them, but the ones from shops taste great when fried … Read more

Yes, you CAN buy Logwood Trap Dye online in the UK – from Dartmoor Sheepskins in Devon

You can buy Logwood Trap Dye online from Dartmoor Sheepskins in the UK. Logwood chemically converts rust (iron oxide) into a more stable compound (ferric tannate). The tannic acid in the ground logwood bark can convert any surface rust it comes into contact with, but it won’t ‘soak in’.Start your rust conversion by removing any … Read more

Logwood Dye In Stock – Nature’s Own Rust Converter.

The tannic acid in logwood bark reacts with the iron within the rust, and this produces iron tannate – which is much more stable than rust.  American trappers use logwood bark in a hot dye bath to chemically convert the rust on their traps. The logwood is loaded with tannin – tannic acid, which reacts … Read more

Take it as RED

Why are Brixham trawler sails red? People often wonder why the Brixham trawlers had red sails? Few of these boats are still water tight – and very few, if any, skippers will still be using the old methods of sail maintenance. But why where the sails painted red, is the red colour a preservative of … Read more

When the military need sheepskin, they use sheepskin

WW2 flying jacket

For most of our customers, I suspect most people, standard luxury is probably better than much of the stuff at the “high end”, and definitely better than no luxury at all! I say this because as you go up in price flavours can become more of an acquired taste. Specific and developed in one particular area, … Read more

What Happens If You Wash A Sheepskin At 60 Degrees Celsius?

close up of lightly felted sheepskin after 60 degree wash

Can you wash a sheepskin at 60 degrees Celsius? (140 Fahrenheit) Can you wash a sheepskin at 60 degrees?. Will a sheepskin survive a very hot wash? A customer emailed in to see if sheepskins can be washed at 60 degrees Celsius. Her local dust mites had proven to be awful house guests and had … Read more