14th Century Page Dedicated to the study of Distillation
and Herbalism

Welcome to my web site which is dedicated to sharing information and research
regarding the 14th Century.

All Good Gentles are encouraged to:
Review and Comment on my work
Share your period or personal research
Compare recipes and techniques
My Personal Focus

I am Fiachra the Bonesetter, a medieval re-enactor whose focus is on Europe
during the 14th Century.  My areas of interest include distillation, herbal medicine
and monastic culture of that time period.
What Do I Do?

I work with and teach others about medieval distillation, using both reproduction and
modern equipment, to produce reproductions of period recipes of extracts and
tinctures, essential oils and scented waters (hydrosols), as well as simples and
Fiachra Bonesetter's Distillation and Herbalism
Coat of Arms: Fiachra Bonestter
Per pale gules and sable, a Celtic cross and on a chief
argent three Maltese crosses vert.
Important Disclaimer - Please read carefully

In the United States it is strictly illegal to steam distill, cold or freeze distill or to re-distill ethyl alcohol in any form without a license
and Tax Stamp issued by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the US Treasury.   I am aware of no licenses ever
being issued to a private individual in the history of the Bureau.

In the United States No state government or local government can issue a license or permit to distill ethyl alcohol without
the individual first obtaining a  permit.

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
US Treasury
National Revenue Center
550 Main Street, Suite 8002
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 684-3334 or
Toll-Free at 1-877-TTB-FAQS (1-877-882-3277)


Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Public Information Officer
1310 G Street, NW.,
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20220
fax: 202-927-5611

I only distill plant essential oils from non-fermented sources.

Re-distilling includes any material soaked in or tinctured in ethyl alcohol, such as distilling brandy or cordials, prior to being placed in
a still.
Pennsic 38 University, Slippery Rock, PA,  July – August 2009

Distillation – Friday  August 7, 2009:  2:00 Tent 14, two hour class/demonstration focusing on Medieval Distillation
and modern safety standards for the re-enactor and alchemist in us all.

Please review the Information Page on this web site.  In keeping with being more green and producing less wastes
handout notes will not be provided during the classes.  Please feel free to download and print items which are of
interest to you.

Alchemy: The Art of Distillation -  August 5, 2009: 5:00 Tent 7  & August 7, 2009:  11:00 Tent 7, a one hour
survey/discussion on Alchemy and the Art of Distillation focusing on Medieval Distillation theory, published works,
and the politics/religious impact  of Alchemy.

Notes can be found in the Library

Visit the Distillation Notes, Primary Sources and Secondary Sources
found under Information as well
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Link to my Ice Dragon Documentation

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