Bog Oak is one of the world’s rarest and sought-after species of bog wood. Bog Oak originates from tree trunks that have started to fossilize in peat bogs, lakes, river bottoms, and swamps for centuries and even millennia.
Deprived of oxygen, the wood undergoes a slow morta-formation process, where water currents help bind earthly minerals and iron with tannins in the wood, giving the wood a natural, beautiful stain, unlike anything else.
Over thousands of years, this maturation process turns the wood from golden brown to completely black while making it so hard, that it can only be milled with special machinery and carving tools.
The most prominent regions where Bog Oak is extracted include, Russia, the Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.
According to historic records and legends, Bog Oak has a magic force, and its extraction from the ground started centuries ago.
In what is now Russia and Eastern Europe, people who processed this rare natural material were called “chernoderevshchiki” and the extraordinary power of this unique wood is even mentioned in the Primary Chronicle of Kievan Rus.
Also prized in the Tudor period for its dark hue, Bog oak was used to construct the throne of Peter the great, as well in the construction of Venetian places, and the bedroom suite of Louis XIV.
As Bog Oak can remain free from decay for thousands of years, it often provides records much older than living trees, and has become increasingly important to archeology in recent years.
It has long been said that items made of centuries-old bog wood, take the life, energy, and force of nature, and bring it indoors, where we live, work and play.
Exploration & Extraction
Bog Oak’s extraction is a complex process which requires special experience and technological knowledge. Reserves of this ancient wood are very rare, especially as known sites containing Bog Oak are fully excavated.
Bog wood is hard to find, and access to the river bed and its bank is often difficult. Extensive preparations, including the engagement of professional divers, and special machinery are necessary. Drones equipped with sonar technology are utilized to identify sites expected to yield Bog Oak.
Morta is located in conditions of total darkness, and its extraction marks its first exposure to light in thousands of years. State-of-the-art equipment and instruments are vital to the exploration and extraction of Bog Oak. Knowledge of current velocity, mud precipitations on the bottom of the river bed, ground waters and the availability of oak groves within the territory of the river flow, all factor into the calculation of potential Bog Oak deposits.
Saving the wood for further processing is a very delicate matter. Extracted logs must be wrapped in waterproof material and meticulously dried to prevent warping (desiccation). This process is incredibly complex, and despite great care, most of the raw wood is unsuitable for further processing. For this reason, the price of high quality raw bog wood is quite high.
Due to the challenges of extraction and processing, Bog Oak is in rare supply. Today modern drying techniques have made it possible to preserve larger planks of Bog Oak that are suitable for floor coverings, furniture, doors, window frames, wall accents, beams, mantels, and other decorative objects for use in interior design.