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White Oak stays
After yesterday I thought I would post a picture of the white oak I use for my stays.... First a pic of the stays:

And just so everyone can see white oak I took a picture of the oak slats with the reed behind it. You can see how much stiffer it is than the reed, and thicker..... It's really fantastic.


"The next best is pounded ash, it comes on a roll is smooth, strong
and you only have to cut to length. The con is that it is pricy and
boning one set of stays can cost up to 75.00. Available from Nates
Nantuket Baskets http://www.basketshop.com/index.php It is not on
the website, you need to call. It is 25.00 a roll for 25 feet."

From the 18th century woman's list - a link to buy it!
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demode From: demode Date: September 3rd, 2009 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! This is hugely helpful!
demode From: demode Date: September 3rd, 2009 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, and now a question - what width does it come in? It looks very splintery -- do you have to sand it or anything?
sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: September 3rd, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem - it looks splintery but I haven't had to sand it ot anything... it's pretty smooth in surface (it mainly looks rough because the grains run the whole length of the wood and it's not been sanded or smoothes beyond pulling it off the larger piece of wook!) I just cut the stuff to lenghth and slide it in between two heavy linen canvase layers just like any other boning.
sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: September 3rd, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
mine was made for me (dumb luck) I think the one linked to yesterday would work - you'll just need to cut it down to 1/4 inch - the same as other boning you use.
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: September 3rd, 2009 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
But what if you get termites?! (sorry, couldn't resist).

I am also curious where you obtain it and widths etc as has already been asked.
sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: September 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'd have to look on th e18th century woman as to where/which basketmakers you can buy it from - there are a few places they list that you can call and say "I need white oak for corsets" and they get the request often enough to know what you are taking about... Really, it's about 1/8 thick, 1/4 wide, so if someone you know has white oak that can pull it off a big piece, do it - otherwise, basketmaking.
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: September 3rd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
seekatesew From: seekatesew Date: September 3rd, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! That is so helpful to see.

The ash splints here http://www.caningshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ASH&Category_Code=CHR-A9&Product_Count=0 look suspiciously like what was given to us in the 2006 workshop, in which case, I'll pass.

But the oak you pictured looks different (and will probably be sturdier if I don't have to cut it down from 1" myself...)

ETA: Did you have to scrape it like shown in the picture here, http://www.basketmakerscatalog.com/splints/index.htm or is that only necessary if you're going to make baskets from it?

Thanks again for answering our questions. :)
sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: September 3rd, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't scrape it - it's super rough but between multiple layers of linen canvas it's kind of a mute point. I'd be tempted to try the second site and even the brown/black oak ones that you can get in 1/4 inch width and just cut to length. They defiantly did a number on my hands - i can't do all of them in one day - but worth it when it's all said and done. Mine is probably a bit thicker but that's because it's pulled specifically for this purpose and not from basketmakers so it's neither long nor every coiled.
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