Sunday, September 07, 2008
It takes a peculiar kind of dedication to be a forger. John had it in spades, though he was often so absorbed in his work that he had an almost child-like quality of thought. If asked, for example, where he got the mulberry-leaf paper he was using to reproduce the seventeenth century edition of “Croeso y Fae” he would say ‘up a tree’ rather than explain the process he used to make paper in the traditional method using water and horse urine. He is a master craftsman. Every process of a forgery is done meticulously in exactly the way they would have done it originally. “Better than the original” is one of his regular phrases, though he can’t predict the aging process.
For that he nips back in time and leaves it in the mausoleum. That’s the benefits of being an imp.