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The Last Barrel

 

 

 

 For an article titled “The End of an Era, Georgia Turpentine Industry Fades into History” (Georgia Forestry Magazine Spring 2003: 4-7) staff photographer Bill Godfrey took this series of photos on the last barrels of domestic turpentine being dipped by Major Phillips, an employee of Jim Gillis of Soperton Naval Stores, in August, 2001. This was the last commercial turpentine dipped not only in Georgia, but in the entire U.S.  Used with permission

http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/Publications/Educational/Magazines/Spring2003.pdf

       
    Major Phillips gathering scrape from a catface, Soperton Naval Stores, August, 2001. Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.
 
 

Close-up of gathering scrape. Soperton Naval Stores. August, 2001. Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.

 

 

       
    Major Phillips with dip bucket, August, 2001.  Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.
 
  Major Phillips empties raw gum into a barrel to take to the still for processing, August, 2001.  Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.
       
   

 

Major Phillips loads barrels of raw gum  to take to the still for processing, August, 2001.  Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.

 

 

 
   

 

The last commercial still in the U.S. was operated by the Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel Company in Baxley, Georgia.  Here, the last barrels of domestic turpentine in the U.S., from Soperton Naval Stores, are unloaded, August 2001. Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.

 

 

 
    Weighing the last barrels of domestic turpentine in the U.S., from Soperton Naval Stores, Akzo Nobel still, Baxley, August, 2001.  Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.
       
    Processing the last barrels, using the modern steam distillation techniques, Akzo Nobel still, Baxley, August, 2001. This is the end of an era. Photo by Bill Godfrey courtesy Georgia Forestry Commission Magazine.

 

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