The story of Bog Oak
What a tree is this, a bog oak? Was it growing several thousand years ago? How could it extant? How is it extracted? What differs it from all other trees that exist on the Earth? Why is it the most precious and the most mysterious tree in the world? How did it get such an unusual colour, phenomenal firmness and irresistibly powerful energy accumulated for millennia?
Bog Oak is currently the most precious, most mysterious and most expensive timber in the world. What makes it so special and unique? Bog Oak has an extraordinary, purely natural origin and a very long history.
It dates back to thousands of years ago when the forests were wild and rivers extremely affluent. Back then, during spring floods, rivers were smashing down high banks and their impetuous torrents would snatch and swallow everything on their way, even the well-rooted, mighty oaks, which grew by the river banks.
A tree would fall on to the river bed and be buried below the level of ground water, where deprived of oxygen and light would start its unusual transformation.
The transformation is a true nature miracle and is only possible thanks to the reaction between the tannin in the oak and iron salts in the water which spread over the vessels of the timber, making it more firm, enriched with minerals and of unique pattern and colour.
The colours range from hazel through gray to deep black, depending on the age of the oak and the power of the tannin.
Oaks are the only tree species that can endure in a river for so long being preserved by water and its salt minerals, which makes Bog Oak such a precious and rare gift from nature.
Bog Oak can survive buried under river beds for millennia, but once extracted, it becomes very vulnerable and capricious, so it is absolutely crucial to handle it with ultimate care.
The process of extraction requires technical knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment, and specialists including professional divers.
Once extracted, the logs must be carefully protected and meticulously dried, before they can be further processed.
Bog Oak is very demanding: it needs to dry very slowly in natural temperatures, and since the logs are soaked right to their core, the drying process can take even up to a few years.
The quality of Bog Oak depends not only on the ambient temperature, but also on the humidity level and light, which only adds to the incredible complexity of the drying process.
Therefore, only experts with specialist knowledge, experience and tools are able to prepare the wood for further processing.
However, high demands come with big rewards: once properly dried, Bog Oak becomes perfect material for further artisan work.
Bog Oak is a very sought-after and rare material, so it comes as no surprise that people often call it ‘black gold’. It is entirely created by nature and is inimitable, hence its high value.
Centuries ago, Bog Oak was used by the most talented craftsmen who conjured up beautiful jewellery, handles and furniture only fit for kings and the noblest aristocracy.
Nowadays, Bog Oak is still highly valued for its absolute uniqueness and high quality. Its use varies from ancient sword handles to luxurious cases for technological gadgets or even decorative ultra modern vehicle elements.
The exceptional colour palette of the stains makes artisan objects made of Bog Oak unlike anything else. Yet, each of them is special not only because of its beauty, but also because it represents a part of history. Therefore, it is a privilege to own it and a responsibility to look after it for future generations to enjoy.
Each piece of Bog Oak jewellery or furniture is one of its kind and tells an incredible story of mighty oaks which were once swept by the water and then waited for thousands of years to be found.