Parchment Maker Jesse Meyer visits University of Iowa, September 2002

Jesse Meyer, a young vellum and parchment maker, from Montgomery, New York, made a visit to our shop at the UI Libraries on September19, 2002. He provided a wonderfully clear and well expressed narrative of his long family history in leather tannage, which dates back 450 years, originating in Germany. He also taught us the basics of his own craft of making deer, goat and calf skin vellum. Jesse is the only known parchment maker in North America.

If you are interested in learning more about Jesse’s parchment, you can contact him at mctanner@pioneeris.net.

Jesse (pictured on left) shows excited particpants a variety of his deer skin parchment

Jesse (pictured on left) shows excited particpants a variety of his deer skin parchment