Best many Taylor County old timers have ever seen.
Got this one maybe 200 yards from a main road. Went in a real thick Bottom on a Planted Pines Lease and thought at first it was an old Climber.
We figure the Long Leaf was about 200 years old and the cuts made in the late 18's , Early 1900.s.
Over 7 ft' tall top to base.
For sure a once in a lifetime find. :banana
All you oldtimers will know what this is and how special. :USA
You young bucks think you got a Secret Spot in the woods best remember 100 years ago somebody else was standing there making a living...
will someone please rotate...
Killin and Grillin :grin
Peeled it off with my Machede and it was loaded up with Carpender ants.
Had to slam it a few times to get most of them off
Yes. That cup that looks like a clay flowerpot was a specially made cup for resin collection. I've never seen them or any turpentine equipment on a tree, but I have seen the broken cups in the dirt before. I used to have some property near Rosewood that had an old turpentine camp buried in it.
Ill bite, I think I know that is but am not sure?
yes in the sawgrass. The marker was wooden with a metal seal on it. Would have taken a picture but back then we didn't have cameras on our phones. Hold on a minute we didn't have phones either. Heck beepers weren't even invented yet.
You can see the Cocinia seashells in the mix as they wash away.
Bout 2 ft. high posts.
I hunt in an area with old trams over spring creeks. Wish I could have seen it when they logged the cypress.
I still come across them within the Osceola to Blanding/Ocala Conservation Corridor-about half that size,drip plates rare still come across the Total package at times. And about a dozen clay pots within the past twelve years.
Which suggests I am ramblin' and tree huggin' spots most do not even traverse today,or simply don't see,and all that ramblin' a hint to reduced hunt 'success'. Should be sittin'....:)
Here is remnant pine tree catface core I 'harvested' one early November morning- while messing around with this, a big gun went off nearby......10 point. :banghead
Time now of the essence- note growth at the top of the cat face core......few more years and Gone
Nothing recognizable was left but the frame, engine block, and a couple of solid cord tires with a few wooden spokes attached to pieces of the rims.
I found out that the truck was a model T and had belonged to one of the Cedar harvester's for the pencil mills.
They got stuck and blew the engine up trying to get free, then just left it.
Revolutionized the harvest of resin and hasted the demist of the 80 MILLION acres of longleaf that used to be the South.
There is a state park in central florida that has hundreds of pots lying on the ground. They were stacked inside of each other. At some point the stacks fell over and most of them are broken into pieces. They were discovered after a hurricane or two had passed over the area some years ago. There must be 3-5 hundred pots lying there.
I have family that owns a very large cauldron that was used to boil the resin during separation. It is used on occasion to melt rosin and cook potatoes.
Before they started using pots they did a Box Cut and slid a square pan in it.
I've got a small pond with several Catface and one Box Cut. It's the only Box cut I've ever seen.
They quit using that method because it killed the Longleaf too quick.
One day I'll post a picture of it. ain't but 2 ft. tall but you can see the Cut real good.
Nice collection there OD. My Ribbed Hertys are only Ribbed on the top band, not all the way down like yours. Never seen one Ribbed that way. Must have been a Local thing.
That pine sap was used to mainly to waterproof boats
an to be made into turpentine !!! Its been a lost art since
just around the 1950 s !! So to find these any more today
has becomeing more an more rare !! WOW .... cool find for sure !!
Really cool. There are trees on Rousseau that are cat face sticking up.
I've found rails both on the surface and buried in Gulf Hammock (the region, not the specific WMA or club). I found survey markers in both Ocala NF and Grove Park.
Neatest find I've ever made was an old segregated cemetery on an out parcel in Grove Park. Its locally well known and easy to find but I did't know about it until I stumbled on it. All I knew was that I had come up on an out parcel. I actually found it on a full moon evening right before dark. An old cemetery in the woods at dark kind of has a "Night of the Living Dead" vibe to it.