The almost 25 metre long tarry dale finishes with a large parapet.
Tar burning is made in a, so called, tar dale. It is usually has a funnel like shape and is dug in slope as you can see in the drawing. This tar dale however, like most of the tar dales in Småland, is constructed like a furrow, in a slope (see picture above). The bottom is covered with beach bark, spruce bark and wood chips so that the tar can run to the parapet. There is a hole there, closed with a wooden plug. When the tar is ready the plug is taken away and the tar is collected in barrels.
To make tar you need resiny woods from old pine-trees, or old stubs. To make the wood more resiny you took the off the bark from a living tree from the bottom and as high up as you could reach exept on the north side where a ten to twenty cm string of bark was left in place. The pine-tree was thus kept alive and the place where you had taken the bark off became very resiny and that was the only part of the tree you used to make tar.
The pine-wood was then chopped into smaller parts and was pile up in the dale. Then it was covered with turf which made it easier to control the amount of oxygen. After that the wood was set on fire and the tar is sweated out after a while and runs to the parapet and is collected in barrels. A by- product from tar burning is charcoal, which was said to be especialy suitable for forgeing.
Do you want to know the exact position of the tarry dale push here and search for the sign E7