Posted 03-20-2004 at 18:34:12
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This brings up a few memories. As a youngster I would go out into the woods in front of our place and have dinner with some of the guys that were gathering pine sap. They would always give me something form their lunch buckets.
Last week I was bush-hogging that very area, All of the trees have been cut years ago and recently was burned off. I found a stump that had been "V" notched with the metal to hold the pans still attached.
I have been digging up lightwood, (in the south it is lightered) with the backhoe and have a pile of it, and cant give the stuff away. Know of any one one who wants a pile of lightered?
In the State park in Panama City, there is a reconstruction of a Turpentine Still there. I guess you know that refined pine tar was called Ship Stores. It was used to fill the gap between the boards on the ships.
It once was a real industry around these parts.