Oakapple was originally created to support, publish and market
the work of a single artist in 1990. Through the years the
company grew and flourished, gradually becoming a limited
company. Oakapple Publishing added Oakapple Printing and
producing beautiful reproductions of original artwork. As
with all successful companies, Oakapple (UK) Ltd matured
evolved, deciding to create a subsidiary company
that would give the public the quality and service they deserved
at the most competitive price and at the same time promote
a wide range of artists and their art. Hence Oakapple Art
Most mediaeval manuscripts were written with iron gall. The
recipe is interesting, and it may come as a surprise to learn
that the principal ingredient is the oak apple. Oak apples
are rich in tannic acids. These were roughly crushed up and
infused for some days in rainwater in the sun or by the fire.
Sometimes white wine or vinegar was used instead of rainwater.
The next step was the addition of ferrous sulphate, found
naturally by the evaporation of water from ferrous earths.
The result was pale sepia coloured ink that darkens with age.
Charles the Second declared the 29th of May, the day he was
crowned king of Great Britain, as Oakapple Day. His intention
was to make this day a public holiday to commemorate his rescue
from almost certain death by the Roundheads. He escaped by
hiding in a huge oak tree situated in the grounds of Boscobel
Hall in Staffordshire. True to Great British tradition the
date has been subsequently completely ignored!
Legend has it that if you find an insect in the gall of an
oak apple you will receive good fortune.