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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

What is tar that Granddaddy Adam emptied from cups under indentations on pine trees?

Posted Sept 27, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

What is tar?

Tar is a blackish brown liquid that carries the scent of pine and is impure turpentine. It has many uses and is, therefore, blended with solvents for use in varnishes and wood sealants and used as pitch to seal wooden ships. It is used to break up coughing and congestion in horses, as an antiseptic, and is mixed as salve to treat cuts, abrasions, and skin rashes.

Tar has many more uses.

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