Bog Oak Desk Clock features 2000 year old wood with beautiful texture from Eastern Europe river beds. It is one of the most expensive woods as the process to bring the material to market is so difficult. Usually the species is Oak. The trees are under riverbeds for thousands of years. There is no oxygen this deep so the tree does not disintigrate. Over the years it absorbs minerals and turns black in color. These logs are found with sonar and then dug from the riverbed. Often these logs carbon date and go back 5000 years. Just imagine that these trees were growing when the Egyptians were building the Pyramids. When Jesus was in Bethlehem and the Roman Empire was at its peak.
Bog Oak Material
I was given planks of Bog Oak by an importer to test if the product had potential for turning. It is already a proven product for furniture making. I found the material difficult to fabricate. It is not solid and there are void through out the slabs. While turning a bowl a large fissure would appear and the bowl would break up. I like Bog Oak material for jewelry because it has beautiful texture, but I think it has limited use for turning larger items. One of the cut off pieces had great color and an organic shape. It thought is best to Leave the material pretty much as it was and created this desk top clock.
If you like the Bog Oak Desk Clock check out my jewelry form this material which is unique in strength and color. https://www.aaturning.com/2019/09/28/bog-oak-jewelry/
My jewelry features many different materials and you can see what I am up to in my store on the website store or In my shop on http://Etsy.com/shop/Aaturning
I design all my items in my New Jersey, USA studio. I enjoy working with unique materials and have the opportunity to explore materials and processes that I am not even aware of until they get to me. My wood turning journey is incredible and it is an honor to be able to share my experience and art with you.