The Washington Post: Making Parchment

Jesse Meyer is one of the last people in the United States that still makes parchment–what the US Constitution is penned on. I went to his tannery in New York (check out his website) to watch and record the process. It's dirty, gross, staggeringly smelly, and fascinating, taking a cow hide and transforming it into essentially paper. This non-narrated story was carved up and marbled throughout the first episode of the Washington Post podcast, Constitutional; but here it is in its entirety. Here are also some pictures of what the parchment looks like on the drying racks: