For the whole period of mankind’s existence such a material as the natural wood has been highly valued for its particular and exceptional beauty and ease of any complex processing. The rare sorts of trees have been used for a long time to produce different decorations and interior items that could emphasize their owner’s well-being and refined taste.
The bog oak – its name is derived from a French word “marais” – deserves a special attention. What does its uniqueness consist in? This rare natural material is a wood substance mineralized with metal salts in natural and environmental conditions. The Nature requires more than one hundred year to create such a refined and rare material and special conditions for the unique wood “aging”.
It is commonly known that rivers fundamentally change their beds during a definite and long period of time. A powerful rush of water starts breaking its way through the green groves where the riverside oak trees were growing before. Thus, it completely hides them under the water column or ground that is located under the level of ground waters. Just without any oxygen, under the influence of water and tannin, it is also called gallotannic acid, with the lapse of time the wood drastically changes its chemical composition, which makes it a unique material that doesn’t have any analogues in the wild.
According to some historic records and legends, the bog oak has a magic force, and, as it is known, the extraction of this unique natural material started more than 1000 years ago. The people engaged in processing this rare type of natural materials were named as “chernoderevshchiki” (“ébénistes”). An extraordinary force of this unique wood was even mentioned in the chronicles of the Ancient Rus’. Therefore the wish of many people to have at least a small piece of the beautiful bog oak at their dwellings is quite explicable. The interior items made of centuries-old wood materials that took in energy, force and power of the nature bring life into the atmosphere of any dwelling.
The bog oak wood is notable for a high strength and magnificent and charming beauty. The color range of this material strikes with its original and unordinary natural tints, and the silver-gray veins form a unique and inimitable pattern on each item produced. Such a wood texture is a base of any item, its decoration and best ornament. For this reason when using the bog oak to produce any items, no coloring agents are involved because its natural pattern is the best ornament. The color of a bog oak tree can say how many years it was under the process of fuming (under the water without any access of oxygen). The examples that feature tender (not dark) and strew-colored tints are that the nature has kept this wood without any access of air for not more than 400 years. The black color is considered to be the rarer one. In fact, it is required the fuming for more than 1000 years and special conditions of safekeeping under the water surface to get such a color.
In view of the fact that the bog oak is kept deep under the water, its extraction is a rather complex process that requires special experience and technological knowledge. Moreover, it is impossible to implement such a process without special equipment and tools. Earlier the extraction was carried out only where some evident signs of deposits could be seen, as a rule it took place in the shallow water. Some parts of the trees once covered with the water showed themselves from a loose ground. They were manually extracted and sent for further processing. Nowadays such things are quite rare. The bog oak is a rather rare and highly sought resource in the modern world; its availability is coming down with a run. It is necessary to make a lot of efforts in order to discover new deposits. The specialists well in advance of the season investigate rivers and learn how their beds have been changed for hundreds of years. Also they need knowing about an average current velocity, mud precipitations on the bottom, ground waters and the availability of oak groves within the territory of the river flow and others. Possessing of this information gives an opportunity to calculate potential deposits. But that will be just a scientific hypothesis. For a more detailed investigation the qualified divers are involved. Any further work is carried out by means of state-of-the-art equipment and instruments: extraction from the bottom, transportation and processing). One more phase that precedes the processing is a wood drying (which requires several years). After all these operations the wood being suitable for further use is selected. It should be noted that the percentage of the quality wood is minimal. Each tree has a unique color range and an original palette of superfine fibers, which is made by the Nature itself. Every item of such a wood substance – a rare combination of the nature’s creative works and the man’s skills.
The bog oak – a rare wood with remarkable properties, it took in a natural energy of the air and water. The items of such a material have a high value nowadays. The transcendent beauty of such a wood substance will be an ornament of any dwelling by making it even more attractive and comfortable. An oak tree that grew more than 1000 years ago holds not just a natural history but also the energy of life.