“Naval Stores” By Judy Cadenhead
Two industries, naval stores and lumbering, brought economic growth to our area. “Naval Stores” is a broad term which originally applied to the resin-based parts used in building and maintaining wooden sailing ships.
But, today the term applies to all products which come from pine sap. These products are used to manufacture soap, paint, varnish, shoe polish, roofing material and much more.
The basic raw material is called pine resin. Once collected into wooden barrels, it was converted into two major products — rosin and turpentine. For many years rosin and turpentine were used in making common household products such as soap, paper, paint, and varnish. Today most rosin is altered to be used in a wide range of products that includes surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, and rubber compounds.
Turpentine, like rosin, has become widely used in fragrances, flavors,
vitamins, household cleaning products, and medicines. In northwest