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Athanors in the Garage - My Life as an Alchemist

Adventures of a pratical alchemist - plant salts, lesser circulations, herbal preparations.

Paul Wood keeps alembics and athanors in his garage, and last summer he made a copper still in his garden, to make spirits of wine. His home has shelves lined up with glass jars of liquids with 'things' in them, steeping and waiting for the turn of the moon. Yes, really. Welcome to the world of the practising alchemist, with a talk by someone who actually lives this life. Today's alchemists, it should be noted, are not trying to turn lead into gold – rather they create herbal elixirs, salts, distillates, and traditional perfumes – 'lesser circulations'. With overheads, pictures and handouts, the speaker reveals how people actually do perform and practice this art.

Paul Wood has been working in alchemy for the past few years, and co-taught the Treadwell's Advanced Herbal Magic course in 2007. He has a love of traditional incenses and perfumes, is one half of Wood-Moss Herbals, and promises to include few stories of his strangest alchemical adventures.


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Date and Time:

13 May 2008 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Treadwell's Books
33 Store Street
020 7419 8507

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