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Mike's Blog - Day 224

May as well have another fungus today, great name, “Judges wig” or “Lawyers wig” also “Shaggy ink cap”, Coprinus comatus, not that people tend to get into the latin names for these as the common names make more sense.

If you catch them right you can use the black juice like ink. I’m not sure how long it will last before fading or if it has any historical use as an ink however.

That said, ink has been used for thousands of years so it made me wonder how it’s made. Lots of ways basically, fire soot, iron salts mixed with tannins from galls on oak leaves, cutting and drying hawthorn branches then soaking the ground up bark and reducing the liquid down.