What is bog oak?
Black bog oak is a remarkable, rare and valuable type of wood. No wonder his production compared with the development of precious stones and metals. This is a troublesome and expensive process, which, of course, affects the final price of the product. For centuries, an elite furniture that adorns expensive classrooms, aristocratic salons and museums have been produced from bog oak.
Why is bog oak highly valued?
Certainly, it amazes and fascinates its appearance: various shades of gray and black, beautiful patterns of textures, beautiful playings. It has also excellent characteristics: extreme strength and durability. Due to the long process of staining (namely, the interaction of tannins with metal salts without oxygen access), oak wood for many centuries is saturated with metals. In essence, it becomes “metallic” by 10, 20, 30%, depending on the concentration of salts.
But that's not all! It is most fascinating to imagine HOW exactly this particular tree has acquired such look and qualities. As each such oak first grew and gained weight for hundreds of years. As the river bed of the mighty river subsequently changed its direction, it was flushing its roots, the tree fell and turned out to be under water. There it could lie more than a thousand years! So, in 1960, during the excavation of peatlands in Ireland, there were discovered oaks, whose age (according to radiocarbon analysis) ranged from 4 to 7 thousand years!
In fact, in the world, there are not too many resources of natural black oak. That is why this raw material is especially valuable.
What difficulties arise in the manufacture of wooden table of bog oak?
From the previous blog, dedicated to the features of the selection of wooden arrays, you learned about the importance of preparing a tree for work. In this case, bog oak isn't an exception.
If you have read thoughtfully, you probably realized that the difficulty lies in the high moisture. After all, not every tree lies in the water for more than 600 years.
What is the difference between real and manufactured stained oak?
1. Texture. Reaching the coal color in a synthetic form will not be a big problem. A certain kit of chemical items can easily cope with this task and does not require the tree to lie at the bottom of a lake or river for a hundred years. It should be noted that the less oak lies in the water, the lighter the color will be. Even when the tree is more than three hundred years old, it still does not get the coal color. But synthetic bog oak will never have a unique texture. After all, a tremendous amount of irregularities, streaks, silver-golden color are characteristic only of natural moraine oak.
2. Environmental friendliness. Current trees grow in other conditions. Previously, there haven't been numerous factories, cars and flights into space. Synthetic bog oak will never be environmentally friendly. After all, it is influenced not only by chemical treatment but also by the conditions in which it grew. Natural wood all the time lay underwater, with a completely different climate, where there is no polluted air or other chemical impurities.
3. Price. Synthetic bog oak is much cheaper than real. And the reason is simple. A big difference in price arises due to the works that are made to extract it.
A bog oak is a child of nature to whom the hand of man has nothing to do
What is bog oak for us?
Everyone who works with a tree, notes that a bog oak has a specific energy that is difficult to describe or explain, but which is immediately felt by those who are nearby. This energy cannot be artificially "simulated" or forged. No synthetic dyes or thermochemical treatment will not be able to endow a tree with that particular spirit that nature has provided it for thousands of years.
We are convinced that our tables, made of natural stained oak, can become real precious decorations of your interior.