Pen in Irish Bog Oak

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Project by itsme_timd posted 09-04-2008 05:57 AM 4597 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s one of my first high-end pens, actually my second.

The pen kit is a Majestic in Rodium and Black Titanium and the wood is Irish Bog Oak (IBO). If you’re not familiar with IBO, or bog wood there’s a decent article here.

Basically the wood has been preserved in peat bogs, sometimes for thousands of years. The acids in the bog give it the gorgeous deep-brown color. There’s a similar wood from New Zealand, Ancient Kauri, that carbon-dating places at 30,000-50,000 years old! Once these bog-woods are dried out they are still very workable.

My “learning experience” for this pen was improving my finish. I haven’t been pleased with the durability of my finish so this is finished with CA/BLO and shined with finishing wax.

Majestic Rollerball in Irish Bog Oak

Majestic Rollerball in Irish Bog Oak

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 09-04-2008 06:27 AM

That is a gorgeous pen Tim. I really like the detail in the hardware. Your finish looks nice also. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 07:10 AM

Very nice pen, that is a fancy kit. The harware and wood look great together. Nice job

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 11:31 AM

Very nice! Where do you get the kit?

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 01:37 PM

nice looking pen Tim.
I’ve been carrying around my last Jr Gent roller ball. I really like how it writes.
I also like your selection of the non-posting cap, they look better in my opinion.

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 02:44 PM

Job well done.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 02:52 PM

Thanks everyone!

Rikkor – I got this particluar kit at my local Rockler store and I’ve also purchased them from Penn State.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 04:28 AM

Great job Tim. I assume that you made this for the pen trade # 3. And you are suppose to send me the kit first – right.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 05:00 AM

Karson, you’re too sharp – it was supposed to be a surprise!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 03:54 PM

I love your pen and would love to get some of this wood, could you sell me some? I live in Georgetown MA

-- Frank

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 03:58 PM

Frank, sendind you a PM now…

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 02-10-2009 01:08 AM

The concept of turning bog wood is incredible. How do I get some?


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#12 posted 02-11-2009 05:31 AM

The bog wood is tricky to find. I located mine on, someone there had some they were selling. There are some websites that sell it as well – but usually in larger quantities than what I look for.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#13 posted 05-30-2013 11:00 PM

I have some Irish Bog Oak, great stuff , the stuff i have is jet black and very hard.

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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