Turpentine and Linseed Oil

Hello people.
In the last post I made a recipe of BLO, Turp and bees wax. I didn’t much care for all the extra chemicals that was in my mix. So that set me on a mission to find natural products for future use.
I found some Raw Linseed oil and Distilled Turpentine.
What a difference they were. Lets talk about both a bit.
Turpentine was originally taken from trees in the Asian content. It has been harvested from trees from other counties. You can get it from birch, pine and many other species.
The resin from the trees is a natural enemy to bugs and parasites. Turp has been used for antiseptic, balms, savs and so many other remedies that there are imposable to add. Remember your mom rubbing vicks salve on your chest. It was turp.
Now even if they are getting it near the traditional ways. They place a herbicide on the tree to keep the tree from healing itself. That chemical gets in the turp to. Most of the turp in the stores now is a bi product from some other process. It tends to have a lot of stuff in it that is not good for you.

With all that said it has been very hard to find it manufactured like it used to be. They get it as a by product in the wood industry and it is not the same stuff.
I found the real McCoy. From a family in Georgia.

Now I couldn’t play with Turp and not play with some resin.
I would like to show you how to make pitch. In my video I don’t take the time to get it strained and as clean as I would like to. But you will get the idea.
You can use this as glue for fish hooks, eating utensils, canoes and almost any thing that needs building and repairing.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

18 Responses to Turpentine and Linseed Oil

  1. Joe Lyddon says:

    Dave, I have been wanting to ask you this for a long time…

    Diamond G Forest Products, besides selling REAL turpentine, also sell Pine Gum Rosin.

    What is done with Pine Gum Rosin?
    … it’s uses, etc.

    Do you mix it with turpentine to get something else?

    Just curious… for one LB, it’s very reasonably priced…

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

    • David Bardin says:

      Pine rosin is one of the greatest waterproofing there is Joe. Some are still using it in a marine environment. It has uses as glue to.
      If you mix it back with turp it becomes tree sap again. They take the sap and distill the turp from it. The resin is whats left over.
      Joe it is the original epoxy.
      Thank you for asking.

  2. idostuff says:

    Interesting stuff. I’ll be looking into making my own paint some time. Linseed (proper bubble boiled), Home made Turpentine, a little rosin and pigments.

    • David Bardin says:

      Home made turp. Are you going to get it from oleoresin or cooking fatwood?
      I would love to see the process.
      I knew that oil based paint was linseed. But have never thought of making my own.
      Thank you for the comment and please do again.

  3. eddieantley says:

    Dave very informative ,theres a lot to the old ways, never know when this kind of knowledge will be useful to know .your web page here has really come together .the two added videos were a great add on too. i remember my grand mother always use turpentine now i know . keep em coming

    • David Bardin says:

      Why thank you Eddie. I will, we need to keep this information going more than in a book. If you don’t practice the skills they will get rusty. A knowledgeable man can carry a knife in the woods and shelter, feed himself and make fire. With that comes water and sustainability of life. Remember the Indians did it with rocks.

  4. Joe Lyddon says:

    Hi Dave!

    Great Videos & info. as usual…

    The Contrast on the Natural can of Linseed Oil was such to NOT being able to read the label for the Brand, etc.
    … could you cover that in text form & a link?

    You covered the Original Turpentine makers very nicely in the video… BUT, I didn’t write it down, expecting a link, etc. later in text… There was NOT any link to them for Turpentine…
    … could you also provide that in text form… link, etc.?

    Thank you, Dave…

    As soon as I saw you in that hat, I thought you were going Shaker or Amish on us… (which would be a good thing – no offense)… So, did it have any specific meaning, etc.?

    OH! I noticed your workbench, I guess for the first time… You have Dog holes all over it… It looked very thick… Someday, when you have the time & are wondering what to do… Could you cover your workbench, how you made it, features, methods of using holes, etc.? The end vise looked cool too…

    It seemed like I could actually smell what you were smelling… !
    You did such a good job of smelling & describing the stuff!

    Thank you very much!

    Great Job!


  5. DIYaholic says:

    I think I’ll let you drink the turp and even eat the pitch kabob….
    I’ll stick with corn dogs and beer!!!

    Thanks for the education, as always!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      I did taste the turp. Believe it or not. It was an interesting experience.
      Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule. I know you have had a house full.
      Drink a cold one for me.
      Its been so long I have forgot what they taste like.

  6. Stumpy Nubs says:

    Who would have thought it was possible to make such a great video about turpentine!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I thought the pitch demo was very cool indeed. Loved watching it. And I never knew anything about turpentine before. Thanks for a great video.


  8. roger says:

    Luv the hat, shirt and vids. Some really good stuff Dave. Keep em comin

  9. JL7 says:


    I would have to say, 100% of everything you showed there was new to me……except for cooking the cat…. 🙂 The Pine pitch business is really interesting……lucky for Betty you got that outdoor forge setup….can’t imagine she’d like you makin’ pitch sticks in the kitchen!

    Liking the GTO shirt….my brother had a 69 (like the center one on your shirt) when I was in high school…..I got to drive once in awhile, and trust me when I say, the bada$$ scale increased by a factor of 10……

    You have 2 videos that played right after the pine pitch vid that I hadn’t seen before…..about the makers marks….that dapping setup is pretty cool…..another new one for me. Like the penny idea…I wasn’t clear on the next vid what the purpose of the tin foil is? Why can’t you just draw a pencil line on the board or use blue tape fir the line? Or does the foil offer something else?

    Cool stuff Dave…..can’t wait to see what you dream up next…


    • David Bardin says:

      Great Jeff, I like showing new stuff to folks. MMMMMM kitty pot pie.
      Dude I even have to make my hot souse on the forge.
      The GTO is my FAVORITE muscle car. Nothing beats a tin Indian. For what that car weighed it was a Bad ass ride.
      I would love to have a 69 GTO Judge, ram air 400, turbo 400 tranie, 373 rear end and a Hurst duel gate shifter.
      Yes when my site was broke I couldn’t post like I needed to. Its fixed now.
      The foil acts like a mirror and helps you keep the letters straight. And to make sure your 2 is not a 5.
      You can even use a thin strip of wood to keep the alinement but I like the foil.
      Thanks! 😉

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