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This material, in its crude form, is old as the hills —for the members of the energetic wasp family have used it, time out o' mind, in the construction of their homesteads. I refer to wood pulp.
There are many varieties of pulp board on the market, and to give their characteristics in detail would needlessly take up your time; suffice it to say they were tried and found wanting. The needful combination of properties sought for was plasticity, toughness, elasticity and rigidity. It took some experimentation to get the desired product, but my task was lightened by consulting my friend, Mr. Charles H. Fish, of Manchester, N. H., a gentleman familiar with every branch of pulp manufacture. Fig. 1. The experiments made, and the manufacturing processes employed, might form matter for interesting discourse in the laboratory and the mill; I do not propose to claim your attention for them
TRACY EA. A NEW MATERIAL FOR SURGICAL SPLINTS AND JACKETS, WITH A METHOD FOR APPLYING IT.Read in the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):306–307. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610018002e
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