Classic wood protection

For many centuries, wood tar was used in the Nordic countries
to protect and preserve house facades and wooden
structures. We know that the Vikings treated their ships with
wood tar to protect the wood against rot and many medieval
buildings are still standing - those that were treated regularly
with wood tar.

Auson and the east indiaman

Auson is a proud supporter of the East Indiaman Götheborg. Thanks to Auson Genuine Wood Tar, the stately ship's wooden features can be maintained and preserved with high-quality traditional wood protection. In 1743 the East Indiaman made its last journey when the ship set sail for a trading voyage to China. 30 months later, with Gothenburg harbour in sight, the ship ran aground. After the final salvaging operation in 1984, the tremendous idea of creating a reconstruction of the ship using the original methods started to take form, to once again set sail for China.

Wood tar as an export product

During the 17th century, Sweden and Finland had a unique position in the world as the sole exporters of wood tar. During the 1680s, approximately 16 million litres of tar per year were produced annually in Sweden. The manufacture of wood tar was an important source of extra income for Swedish and Finnish smallholders during this period.

Different areas of use

Traditionally, wood tar had many more applications than the preservation of wood. In ancient times wood tar was used as a medicine for chest illnesses. In the Nordic countries, it was mainly used in the form of tar water, which was considered to be a first-class medicine. Raw black pine tar was used as a universal cure and was added to butter, spirits and ointments for skin complaints and chronic eczema. Tar soap was commonplace and can still be found in shops with elderly clientele.

Wood tar in an modern form

Today, many centuries later, wood tar continues to provide good protection for wood. At Auson we have utilised wood tar's unique protective properties at the same time as we have added modern pigments, taking wood tar into the 21st century. Wood tar is not just a wood preservative; with its mild antiseptic properties it is used in a variety of pharmaceutical and veterinary products.