Bog Oak Jewelry is from 2000 year old wood from Eastern Europe river beds. It is probably one of the most expensive woods as the process to bring the material to market is so difficult. Usually the species is Oak that has been buried under riverbeds for thousands of years. The wood is deprived of oxygen so it does not deteriorate. It does absorb minerals and turns black in color. These logs are located with sonar and dug from the riverbed. Often these logs carbon date back 5000 years. Just imagine that these trees were growing while the Egyptians were building the Pyramids. When Jesus was in Bethlehem and the Roman Empire was at its peak.
Bog Oak Material
An importer gave me planks of Bog OAk to test if the product has turning potential. It is already a proven product for furniture making. I found the material difficult to fabricate. It is not solid and there are voids through out the slabs. So when turning a bowl a large fissure would show up 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.
If you like the Bog Oak Jewelry earrings check out this desk accessory.
My jewelry features many different materials and you can see what I am up to in my store in this website store or In my Etsy Shop.
I design all my items in my New Jersey, USA studio. I enjoy working with unique materials and appreciate the opportunity to explore materials and processes that I am not even aware of today. My wood turning journey is incredible and it is an honor to be able to share my experience with you.