Here at the Leaf Trading Post we stock a range of natural raw materials such as antler, horn, beeswax, ochres, earth pigments, natural dyes, as well as things like sinew and rawhide. All of these things have been used in a variety of ways both historically and traditionally, and are still used today. We use many if not all of these natural raw materials ourselves, so we have good experience and a working knowledge of them. If there's a particular raw material that you're looking for and is not listed, contact us - we may either have it in the workshop, or know how to source it for you.

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A tree resin that is soluble in water, this is ideal for making a base or binder for natural paints. It remains soluble in water after drying, so any painted surface can be washed clean, or can be coated with wax or varnish to make the paint waterproof. 50g.

To use, put the resin granules in a bowl and pour on boiling water. Stir occasionally and allow to cool. If you want a less brittle paint you can add a small amount of honey.

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An excellent natural glue, and ideal for use with leather, wood and other natural materials. Rabbit skin glue and other hide glues have been used for centuries before the advent of modern alternatives, and are still used today by artists and traditional carpenters.  Small batches are made by soaking the granules in water overnight (1 part glue to 10 parts water), then heating the mixture gently and slowly until the glue is made. A double burner or bain marie is ideal for this. 50g.

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Each piece of sinew is from the lower leg of the red deer, is about 8-9" long, and can be split down into many finer strands by pounding with a mallet, stone or hammer.

Sinew can be used for sewing, binding knapped arrow heads and knife blades, and also for laminating primitive bows.

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This box contains all the bits and pieces that you might need for primitive d-i-y projects - Soap (50g dried soapwort root), glue (50g hide glue), gum (50g gum arabic), wax (28g beeswax), a sanding kit (50g each of 3 grades of abrasive powder, 35g small natural pumice stones, and pieces of natural veg-tan leather), and information about how to use all of these.

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An amazing bone from the back leg of the deer, these bones have a variety of uses.

The larger bones in the photo are the deer bones, and are ideal to use as a top block in friction firelighting and bushcraft. Some of our customers use theirs so much that they've come back to buy a spare, just for if they lose the one they use all the time!

The smaller bones in the photo are sheep bones are and have been used in many cultures as a counter for gaming or divination. They're the original object used in the game of 'knucklebones' or 'jacks' and we now have these available (below) as gaming sets in a cast resin version.

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This is a set of four knucklebones and a wooden ball, together with a leaflet that gives an outline of what the bones are and how you can use them. We've made our own moulds for these in the workshop here, and we cast the bones using a resin mixture. Each bone is made and finished by hand, and we're really pleased with the likeness to the originals. 

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Natural beeswax, from bees in Kent and Sussex. Beeswax has so many uses that it's a task to list them all! Some of our customers use it to wax threads use in leatherwork, some to mix with pine resin to make a woodland craft glue. We also use it to make candles and balms, to polish wood and leather, and we use it when we make our bone flutes. 1oz/28g

We can supply bulk quantities on request, and packs of 500g are listed on our Beeswax Candles and Balms page.

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This kit contains a diamond-bladed leather awl mounted in an antler tine handle, a pair of leather needles, a small block of beeswax and 5m of linen thread - the basics for a leather worker's took kit.

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The dried root of the soapwort plant, this is simmered in water for 20 minutes to give a gentle and natural soap solution. It's useful for washing (people, hair, clothes) and is also used by conservators for cleaning delicate historic fabrics.

We have plants for sale at some of our shows and can bring them along on request.

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All you need to make a traditional ink from oak apples (photo and details coming soon, though many of you have seen this kit already at our shows this summer).

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These are flattened sheets of cowhorn, thicknessed to 3mm with a rough finish. They can be sanded and polished further to give a beautiful translucent sheen. these plates of cowhorn can be used to make traditional lanterns, horn combs, weaving tablets and other historical artefacts.

Sizes of plates vary, and all have a curve to a certain extent. Typical sizes may be 3 to 4" wide and 9 to 12" long. Some of the plates have a tinted darker shade of horn at one end. If you have a particular project in mind, contact us and we'll select accordingly. We usually keep several in stock and can order more on request.

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