More messing about with obscure words.
Good ol’ English. Has 4 times the number of words of the next
nearest language. No wonder we don’t know all of them. But when you
are looking for the right word, a great resource.
Pardon me if someone has already answered this query - I’ve been
meaning to send in this info about one of the words someone was
asking about, the word “bole.”
Among other things - Bole is a fine red clay used in gold leaf
gilding (although there are other colours as well -ochre being one)
It is put on over the gesso (which is the hard substrate or ground).
The bole is porous and hygroscopic and enables the gold leaf to
adhere to the gelatin sizing or rabbit skin glue… The bole is soft
enough so that the gold leaf can then be burnished over it without
cracking. Also lends a little colour to the gold where it shows
through. This courtesy of my estimable wife, Olwyn, who
did a spell of gilding a few years back. I recall the best bole was
thought to come from Armenia.
Years ago I trained my old golden labrador retriever to “Go get the
bole” but all he did was drag around his food dish, looking hungry
and pathetic. I’m not sure if this was because he was a great
punster, or because he never did learn to spell right. Anyway, he
was not much use around the shop.
Marty in Victoria - Where, judging from the stuff for sale at the
lumberyards you’d never know we are surrounded by millions of trees.
Well, Happy New Year anyway.