I trust you will forgive this unorthodox request for help. I am a model shipwright (with exhibits in the Science Museum, Norwich Castle and the National Maritime Museums of Sydney and Auckland) and I have depended, for many years, on architects' knowledge of materials to put me in touch with linen manufacturers for the scale reproduction of ships' sails. It has no equal, in my view, for my purposes.
I have now exhausted my own stock and I am unable to find any large local source to replace it. I am told that the material has largely been replaced by plastics, but I am not sure if that is true.
Does anyone know where I can get some?
EPHeriz-Smith, Diss, Norfolk
AW: Mr Heriz-Smith confirms that the material is a very fine linen, used, to his knowledge, solely for draughting purposes. It is treated so that it is fairly stiff. He uses only small amounts and if anyone has off-cuts, this would suffice.