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You've got a lot of gall

At least I'm hoping you do.

I'm teaching a class and I'm in desperate need of oak galls. We don't get them here on the west coast, but I'm hoping someone from the east might be able to gather a few and send them to me?

I'll gladly pay for postage.

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*giggle*  Excellent way to catch people's attention, m'dear.  That's the phrase one of my good friends used when he had his gall bladder removed :3

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what are they witch?

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Hi CH.... continue to be delighted by your ever new crazy heart icons.

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Oak Galls or Oak Apples are galls that develop on the leaves and twigs of oak trees in response to infection by a particular wasp larva.

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umm, is it ok to transport them, if you don't get them in the west?

lol, will they end up with wasps flying in the mail?

 

 

i have an oak tree and will look....how far east are you asking for.

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Thank you Geo.

 

Thank you witch and Pinga. We don't have Oak trees here..

 

 

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Hi Witch,

 

Witch wrote:

At least I'm hoping you do.

I'm teaching a class and I'm in desperate need of oak galls. 

 

Specifically oak galls?  Other galls won't do?  I'll look around we have some youngish oaks in the neighbourhood.

 

Grace and peace to you.

John

 

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Hi Pinga,

 

Pinga wrote:

umm, is it ok to transport them, if you don't get them in the west?

 

Gall wasps are not a controlled pest.  The galls are like warts and they do not harm the tree.

 

The insects tend to emerge from galls in the spring so Canada Post won't have to deal with an infestation in any of their sorting plants.

 

Grace and peace to you.

John

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thanks rev john.

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Pinga wrote:

umm, is it ok to transport them, if you don't get them in the west?

lol, will they end up with wasps flying in the mail?

 

 

i have an oak tree and will look....how far east are you asking for.

 

I don't think there's any restrictions. The wasp is native to the areas that have common oak. We just don't have them here.

I don't much care where they come from, east/west/downunder...

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revjohn wrote:

Hi Witch,

 

Witch wrote:

At least I'm hoping you do.

I'm teaching a class and I'm in desperate need of oak galls. 

 

Specifically oak galls?  Other galls won't do?  I'll look around we have some youngish oaks in the neighbourhood.

 

Grace and peace to you.

John

 

Oak galls only because they have the highest concentration of gallotannic acid.

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Galls are one of the raw ingredients for iron-gall ink. For centuries, this ink was made by combining ferrous sulfate (Fe2SO4) with an extract from an oak gall (gallo-tannic acid). The resulting ink was permanent and water-resistant, and was the standard for writing and art for 700 years. Many of the greatest European artists of the period---Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt van Rijn, and van Gogh, for example---executed their drawings using iron-gall ink.

 

Here is some interesting info on galls - fascinating!

 

Witch, I'm always interested in the "back story".

I see that there has long been a connection between druids and the oak - am I getting close?wink

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Hi Witch,

 

Witch wrote:

Oak galls only because they have the highest concentration of gallotannic acid.

 

I will keep my eyes peeled and snoop around.  I didn't notice a lot of gall wasps around here this summer.  Of course, that may just be due to my not being around much this summer.

 

Grace and peace to you.

John

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Is this where the phrase, "you've got a lot of gall" comes from? If so, what is the origin?

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Pilgrims Progress wrote:

Galls are one of the raw ingredients for iron-gall ink. For centuries, this ink was made by combining ferrous sulfate (Fe2SO4) with an extract from an oak gall (gallo-tannic acid). The resulting ink was permanent and water-resistant, and was the standard for writing and art for 700 years. Many of the greatest European artists of the period---Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt van Rijn, and van Gogh, for example---executed their drawings using iron-gall ink.

 

Here is some interesting info on galls - fascinating!

 

Witch, I'm always interested in the "back story".

I see that there has long been a connection between druids and the oak - am I getting close?wink

That's precisely what I need them for. I teach a course on ancient skills, and making ink and carving quills and reeds for writing is part of it.

I do have a connection with oak, ash and thorn, from my Celtic faith, although I'm not druidic as such, but no doubt my penchant for ancient crafts has some connection there.

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Takes a Celt to understand a Celt! wink

 

Witch, my Dad was Scottish - and his first language was Gaelic.

 

My grandmother was rumoured to have "the second sight" - who knows, maybe I've inherited it? smiley

 

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Can't help with the oak galls, because I live in BC too.

 

I hope you won't be outraged if I tell you that both myself and Mely are largely Celtic background (1 English grandmother).   My Scottish grandmother spoke Gaelic.

 

Your course sounds interesting.

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That Sassenach grandmother explains a lot..............

 

 

 

 

 

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 I live in Vancouver...there are Oak here I pressume (Oak Street).. I haven't seen any in my neighbourhood, but will keep my eyes open. Gives me a good reason to take more notice of what types of trees are growing in my surroundings.

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Very interesting, witch!

 

I have a gall bladder . . .

 

I hope I don't have gall stones . . .

 

And . . .

 

I've never seen a gall . . .

 

so I can't send you one, but I wish you luck with the course you are teaching.

 

 

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