Bog Oak and turquoise

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Project by Patrick May posted 09-27-2010 04:50 AM 4642 views 27 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another of my almost completed boxes , it just needs a liner. Spalted Maple ,bog oak from West Virginia,and Turquoise. This bog oak is really special. A farmer in W.V. was digging a pond on his property deeper. He dug up four logs 3 oak and 1 hickory. He had an geologist come out and take a look at the site. He determined that these were buried during the last ice age, by the Blue Clay Layer they were found in ,making them between 8,000and 12,000 years old. This oak looks great Quarter sawn I don’t have a lot left. I don’t know if I can get any more.There is only two places in the U.S. That I have found Bog Oak so far. The handles were a salute to James Krenov who passed while I was making it .Definately the smallest mortise and tenons I have made. I use spalted maple wormholes and all sometimes The top is really two pieces of oak, with natural edges , that I splined together for strength, leaving a void at the surface. The turquoise in the checks is something I do now and again. With tweezers, I jamb each piece in one at a time. When I get a few in place I drop medium thickness superglue on it let it dry , repeat till the crack is filled Then I grind it flush.If it needs more stones i repeat . Then I sand and polish the wood and stones together The box is 6”x 9” x 3” with out the legs The finish is Dannish oil and wax

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 05:05 AM

Excellent box, Patrick. I really like the legs, handles, and turquoise inlay.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 05:06 AM

Beautiful work… and an amazing story about the wood. Come to think of it, I would have thought the wood would have petrified being that old.

I really like the legs and just a touch of turquoise… well executed.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 05:08 AM

real cool. everything seems to balance very well together.

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 05:28 AM looks as though the legs want to runaway with your box since it’s so nice

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 05:31 AM

Elegant box Patrick. I admire the fact that you treated the wood with the respect it deserved. Everything is tastefully done and as PurpLev says, very well balanced. Love it and the interesting story that went with it. Thanks for letting us see this beautiful creation.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 05:33 AM

So many interesting features on this piece. The materials and the story make this special.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 06:21 AM

Beautiful job Patrick….. I have never seen Bog Oak myself, but you sure do it justice…...
This is a really nice box and all the elements work very well together.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 06:57 AM

The piece is as interesting as the story.
I did no know there was such wood as bog oak.

Geat work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 07:05 AM

Love the box, love the story – this is a fossil!!! Very nice work.


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#10 posted 09-27-2010 09:24 AM

you dont know how much I love spalted wood ! this is a piece of jewelry Great design
and thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 11:58 AM

Great box, Patrick. Like Gene, I have also never seen bog oak but it surely looks nice in your box. To me, the turquoise is what makes your box special and unique. It immediately draws my eye and is set off very nicely by the bog oak top.

Very nice job!


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#12 posted 09-27-2010 12:32 PM

Not finished huh? Yeah, once you dig that green stuff out of the lid, then it will be finished. LOL!

Seriously, very elegent design, and nicely executed. I like the thinner splines, and the turquoise too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 09-27-2010 01:12 PM

That is a great box design and the craftsmanship is top notch. I am a little jealous on the bog oak find! I would love to work with some of that. The inlay looks great…that was a beautiful touch. Also really like the graceful leg design. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 01:45 PM

A well done box for sure, the wood choices and design are just beautiful. A fitting piece for some 3 to 4 thousand year old wood. Thanks for sharing your story…BC

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#15 posted 09-27-2010 02:12 PM

Beautiful work Patrick. I am quite fond of the legs on this little jewel.

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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