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Burra Maluca
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I found this video that shows an old pine resin processing factory and then a trip to the woods to collect resin, followed by picnic in true Portuguese style.

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Here's another video about the pine resin industry in France, using Maritime Pine, or Pinus pinaster, which is the one that grows all over the place where I live in Portugal.

This video is more educational, and in English.



Has anyone tried collecting pine resin?  And if so, how did you process it?  And what did you use it for?

I'm tempted to experiment with collecting it but I'm not yet sure what use I'd have for it.

 
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No first hand knowledge but I'm in fiddle country here and there are plenty of fiddlers who 'rosin the bow' with a rosin made from pine resin as in this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosin
I see many uses I didn't know of in the article once the pine resin is changed to rosin:
Rosin is an ingredient in printing inks, photocopying and laser printing paper, varnishes, adhesives (glues), soap, paper sizing, soda, soldering fluxes, and sealing wax.
Rosin can be used as a glazing agent in medicines and chewing gum. It is denoted by E number E915. A related glycerol ester (E445) can be used as an emulsifier in soft drinks. In pharmaceuticals, rosin forms an ingredient in several plasters and ointments.



 
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Here resin comes mostly from Fir as it is a natural epoxy that is absolutely clear. In world war two it was collected for optics for bomb sights.

The University of Maine is also finding new uses for resin in wood and has derived a type of gasoline from it that could power cars in the future.
 
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