[Ansteorra] Dogfish anyone?

Polydore polydore at worldnet.att.net
Wed Apr 14 03:32:18 PDT 2004

On the dogfish, according to the floregium article, they define this as 
"small sharks". I have seen sharkskin offered somewhere, but can't place 
the reference at the moment. Perhaps some of our friends from the costal 
area could be of help?

 There is also a freshwater fish in the north central US known as a 
dogfish, but I don't think you could sand anything with that skin. The 
name came from a barking sound they make. They are not normally fished 
for, and are not common in the areas I am familiar with.

Stefan li Rous wrote:

> Xanthe asked:
>>  Just thought I'd ask. Does anyone know where I can acquire/purchase 
>> dogfish hide (Mustelus canis) or horsetail reed (equisetum hyemale)?
> The horsetail reed is apparently a fairly common ornamental plant for 
> ponds and such. You might try the nurseries in your area. If you are 
> going to Pennsic, there is a fair amount of it growing near the lake 
> down near the "causeway" and the "swamp". That is where I got several 
> handfuls a couple of years ago. I have no info on the dogfish hide.
> For folks who are wondering what these things are used for, it is not 
> for some potion or such. The horsetail reed, and I suppose the dogfish 
> hide, were used as polishing compounds/sandpaper in the Middle Ages. 
> Those interested can find some more details in this file in the CRAFTS 
> section of the Florilegium:
> polishing-msg     (13K)  4/17/00    Period polishing and sanding 
> materials.
> http://www.florilegium.org/files/CRAFTS/polishing-msg.html
> Stefan
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