Still Life In A Dulcimer Maker’s Shop #5


A fresh batch of hide glue ready for the glue pot

Every few days I prepare a new batch of hide glue. Granules of dry glue swell up as they soak up water overnight. The glue is ready for heating the following morning. I use distilled water when using hide glue to avoid minerals that can discolor the wood.

The jar sits in water heated to 140°F inside the small crock-pot. My current glue pot is a small, inexpensive crock-pot that keeps the water at just the right temperature.


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