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    Re: Tallow, was: Voyaging the traditional way
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2004 Nov 8, 18:01 -0400

    I tried to send this reply to a back-channel message from Richard Pisko
    direct to him. Unfortunately, my system shows him as using a
    non-existent e-mail address ("nosend{at}invalid.com"). I am therefore
    sending it through the list, with the hope that it may be of some
    interest to others -- though this thread has gone rather far from tallow
    in its navigational role for the arming of leads:
    Thanks for that, Richard.
    You wrote:
     > An alternative that doesn't smell rancid might be bees wax (not
     > paraffin wax).  Tubes of "Sno-Seal", which is just softened bees wax,
     > IIRC, are available for waterproofing boots.  It also works well for
     > form fitted leather holsters, and does not seem to promote rusting in
     > the firearms.  It does not soften the leather as would Neats foot or
     > Mink oils, but warming the leather before rubbing in the wax helps
     > penetration.  "Sno-Seal" is more creamy than the bees wax blocks used
     > for waxing thread, and not as sticky or hard to clean off as lanolin.
    That's a good idea. We use a beeswax-based product on the leather tack
    for my wife's horse, as a cleaner and preserver. It certainly leaves a
    slippery surface. Maybe I'll give that a try on the gunter-spar jaws.
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