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02-10-2015 09:05 AM

Hy – I’m intruiged , what is bog oak. Is it a type of oak that grows in a bog, or an oak that has fallen in a bog , or possibly a type of very smelly oak ??!! can somebody illuminate please

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#1 posted 02-10-2015 10:46 AM

It generally designates wood that has fallen into a bog. Because of the tannins in the oak and the acids in the peat the wood turns a dark black and lasts about forever. It often comes out of Ireland and Scotland.
I’ve never gotten my hands on any.

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 06:22 AM

In British, “bog” is the toilet, bog-paper and so on. So when I first saw “bog oak” mentioned, on the internet, I thought it was a British poster referring to a different kind of log.

Turns out though that I was familiar with bog wood, just didn’t know it, and you might have already seen it as well. They make smoking pipes out of it as well as various chachke like little candlesticks, religious items and so on. It various from looking like basically like burned wood to deep dark colors and figures.

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 07:34 AM

“bog oak” is not exactly correct, should be “bogwood” as it can be any wood that falls into and is preserved by the tannins of a peat bog. oak is common as are Pine and Yew

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 09:14 AM

Also found i Scandinavia. Smells fintly of bog. Often hard and has lovely colors. Can sometimes be bought in small quantities: (site in Danish, lovely batch!)

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 11:42 AM

dont go across it . it would be dangerous

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#6 posted 04-20-2015 08:19 AM

Thanks for the help everybody! – on the strength of your info I bought some pen blanks from a guy in Ireland, came with a carbon dateing cert from Belfast University 5,000 years old (allegedly!) – Quite hard to turn , another couple of mellenia and it would’ve been coal so I think it may be genuine.
Anyway it made a nice pen for my wife.

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#7 posted 04-20-2015 11:34 AM

Great! Wanna show how it turned out?

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#8 posted 04-20-2015 12:18 PM

My gut: Live oak. Live oaks are common in the swampy areas of SoLA, SoMs, SoAl etc. Quite hard. I do not remember ever seeing any turned to lumber.

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#9 posted 04-20-2015 12:22 PM

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