A. Because I was always curious about how it was made
B. I do things like this when I get cabin fever
C. To appear productive while avoiding housework
D. All of the above
Black walnuts grow in abundance in this area. How foolish it would be to just let them fall to the ground and lay there (or is it LIE there, I can never remember).
I collected this windfall in the fall (heh, heh). They look like fuzzy green tennis balls.
Stuck them in an iron pot and forgot about them for a few months. They dry out and look like dark brown leather balls.
There are several recipes out there for making walnut ink. I used the method Making Walnut Ink by Madame Elizabeth de Nevell, CW via Google. Simmer and soak the walnuts. The process takes about a day.
Straining the solids
Pouring the finished product to an antique ink bottle that you just happen to have lying around (with homage to Martha Stewart)
And there you have it! I'm planning a future post on making quill pens from goose feathers - natural companions of walnut ink....