Whiting

Whiting was a white powder used in both priming and painting. Studios purchased this product in 300 lbs. wooden barrels.  Inside this thin wooden container was an inner wrapping on paper to prevent this fine white silica powder from leaking through the seems.  The pictures depict a barrel of whiting found on site at the Fort Scott Scottish Rite temple during November 2016.  It was ordered by Thomas Moses to create the scenery collection on site and was never opened.  We discovered and opened the barrel to find a perfect product, well-encapsulated for 90 years!  I emptied the barrel to transport the product for future restoration purposes.  The whiting is now the property of the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center.

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