Dating bog oak

dating bog oak

How old is a bog oak tree?

Bog oak would be typically four thousand or a thousand years old, bog fir could be up to seven thousand years old and all bog wood feels special for reason of its age. Bog oak has gone black because the iron in the water interacts with the tannins in the wood to create an ebony colour.

When should I excavate the bog oaks?

The Bog Oaks should ideally be excavated from the peat during the winter months and assessment of the trees overall condition must be carried out immediately and the tree processed according to its condition.

Can I get my own bog wood?

If you cannot get your own bog wood then the class can provide you with some. Bog oak; Typically looks a dirty grey-brown when found, try chipping a bit of the outer layer off and if it’s jet black inside it’s probably bog oak. Most work done in the class is with bog oak.

What is the difference between bog oak and bog wood?

While the term ‘bog oak’ is commonly used for the class, other bog woods, mentioned below, are also available and ‘bog wood’ would be a more generic term. Class members sometimes also work with modern woods.

Where can you find bog oak trees?

But the most famous deposits are the peat bogs of Ireland and the fens of East Anglia, in the southeast of England. While bog oak can form over as little as 1,000 years, it can also be almost unbelievably ancient. Specimens are regularly radiocarbon dated to between 2,000 and 5,000 BC.

What is the difference between bog oak and brown oak?

Bog Oak. Bog Oak, much like Brown Oak, is not a specific species, but is rather a term that designates oak that has been buried in a peat bog for hundreds or sometimes thousands of years.

How long does it take for Oak to mature into Bog-wood?

While the time necessary for the oak to transform into bog-wood varies, the maturation commonly lasts thousands of years. Due to the ecological reasons mentioned above, no two trunks can be found of the same color. Sites of high quality bog-wood in the world are very rare.

Where does bog wood come from?

Bog-wood may come from any tree species naturally growing near or in bogs, including oak ( Quercus – bog oak), pine ( Pinus ), yew ( Taxus ), swamp cypress ( Taxodium) and kauri ( Agathis ). Bog-wood is often removed from fields and placed in clearance cairns.

What is bog oak and bog wood?

What is bog oak and bog wood? Six to seven thousand years ago forests of oak, yew and pine grew where these bog lands are now today. The remains of those forests are found 4.5m to 6m deep in the bogs. These trees have undergone a great chemical change over the years.

What are the disadvantages of bog oak?

Perhaps the woods greatest drawback is that it has only traditionally been available in small sizes and very limited quantities. Once an ancient log of bog oak has been uncovered in a field, time is of the essence. The wood will break down quickly upon exposure to air if it is not quickly harvested.

Why does bog oak change color?

This color change is just a guideline however. The tree species and local bog conditions can all significantly impact the final color of a piece of bog oak. In addition to taking on a dramatically deeper color, bog oak also becomes extremely dense. This is driven by the woods partial mineralization, which also renders it almost rock-hard.

What is Longford bogs wood?

The oak changes in colour to black, the yew to a reddish brown and the pine to a golden yellow. It is from the depths of these bogs that the artists get their raw material and inspiration. The wood is sourced in local bogs in Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon.

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