Resin was once a major bi-product of the millions of pine trees of the Landes forest. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the "gemmeurs", or resin-collectors, would scrape the trunk of a tree of its bark, then fix little earthenware pots against it to collect the resin as it ran out.


The resin was then collected in barrels and used in the production of substances such as turpentine and resin for musical instruments.

The resin workshop at Luxey closed in 1954 and is now part of the Museum of the park; in its heyday it employed 200 gemmeurs.

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