Literacy Learner. This item is also known as a chalkboard and comes in two varieties and many different sizes. The chalkboard is used to teach the illiterate to write, but it is also used by scholars to write down notes on the fly, while others use it to do various calculations prior to writing them down on paper or parchment.
The smaller size chalkboards can often be purchased at stores where other writing material can be purchased, while the larger versions are typically custom made. The process for creating them is the same overall. One takes a sturdy material that serves as the back of the board. Usually wood is the primary choice. Onto this back-end, sooth is applied on one side, to create a black surface. Next resin from trees is heated and applied on top of the sooth, to create an even, but slightly rough surface. (Best results are achieved with resin of pine trees.)Once the resin has hardened, the board is ready for use.
Boards are typically written on with chalk and when the boards needs to be cleaned, all traces of writing can be erased using a damp or moist piece of cloth.
Normal chalkboards are made of wood, weigh 1 pound and cost 15 silver pieces.
A masterwork version with a iron back, weighs 2 pounds and costs 15 gold pieces.
As the sooth does not stick to the iron back as well as it does to the wood, the first variety is used by scholars. It is only wealthy people that prefer the second option, even though it can be cleaned only approximately one hundred times.