Uses for Pine Trees

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pinerevolver

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Feb 17, 2010
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Alright Bushcrafters

I visit a local pine forest woodland daily and ive done the odd camping and bushcraft there.
Also i enjoy the odd cup of Pine Tea in the morning when the sun rises next to the river there.

Im wondering if they are any other uses for the pine tree.
I know about the resin and how it can be used for burns and boiled for glue i think ? :confused:

Can you guys give me any more infromation on this subject please.

If you can guys that would be great ! ;)
 

TJRoots

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Jul 16, 2009
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if you find a tree that has been damaged and has lumps of sap on it pick em off and melt em down, then either mix it with charcoal to make a good strong glue or soak a twig or rope in it to make a fantastic candle.
also the knots where the branches meet the trunk make for a good hot bright fire and can be used really easily in fire lighting with a firesteel :)

ATB
TJ
 

BushEd

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Aug 24, 2009
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From my own compiled notes:

all of the above plus
useful roots for cordage
pine knots make a good bright fuel
burns easily but cool in comparison to the hardwoods
resin is can be used as emergency food, as can the layer of cambium just beneath the bark
resin for waterproofing
bark can be used for simple basketry
 

Arizroughrider

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Apr 24, 2010
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Prescott, Arizona USA
From my own compiled notes:

resin is can be used as emergency food, as can the layer of cambium just beneath the bark
resin for waterproofing


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Have plenty of Pine resin here.

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Pine inner cambium layer prior to cooking on a hot rock.
 

sam_acw

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Sep 2, 2005
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The wood is easy to carve (depending on your location) and usually light.
The bark can be used for baskets and the inner bark is edible.
The scaly outer bark can sometimes be carved into decorative items
The needles can be made into coiled baskets or a simple brush
Pine needles can be a good tinder if a dead branch stays on the tree
Dead standing pine trees are easily visible as the bark sheds and there is a lot of "fresh" earth near the base due to insect activity
The roots make good cordage and lashings
The resin can be used as a glue or sealant and mixed with turpentine can make a varnish
The cones have various uses (there's a thread here somewhere) Candles, weather predictors, decorations, fuel tinder and the nuts are edible
I've used pine needles for holding together very quick birch bark envelopes for holding small items
The wood from pine knots was used to make steamed wood fishhooks
Due to their high resin content the knots are useful in fires for adding light
The resin can also be added to torches - be careful it drips.
The needles can make tea (personally I'm not a fan)
I know that spruce sap (when it has hardened somewhat) has been used as chewing gum and liquid spruce sap has been used as a dressing/sealant for small cuts
 

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