Friday, September 30, 2016

Turpentine Production

Turpentine was also a major product in St. Tammany Parish. Here's a postcard illustrating one of the steps in getting the raw materials for the solvent. The resin of pine trees was distilled to produce the fluid, which was useful in a variety of applications.

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Tapping pine trees in 1895

Turpentine still near Abita Springs

Turpentine Orchard Cooperage 1895

From the 1905 Paint, Oil and Drugs Review Newsletter

The Five-Mile Turpentine Still