tabaqui (tabaqui) wrote in little_details,

Before sandpaper....

What was there? I've googled the 'history' of sandpaper, and it says that in 1300-something, the Chinese glued bits of shell and whatnot to skin and used that, or sharkskin.

I've found *one* refrence that says that while 'some people say they had sandpaper' that sandpaper is 'not period'. Frankly, i can't really figure out *what* might be used.

Planes and such, of course, but it would seem that it would be difficult to get a really satiny smooth finish that way.

This is your basic 'medieval fantasy' world, and what i have is a woodcutter/carver who makes things like fancy trunks and mantles and such.

Any ideas?

Thank you!

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