Wilsons Yard - Irish Bog Oak
While Steve, our Timber Yard manager, was out and about to price a job he happened to spot some interestingly shaped timber sitting in the corner of a field. Naturally curiosity got the better of him and he just had to know more about it. With a keen eye for an interesting product, Steve began to chat to the farmer who had procured this bogwood.
After a short discussion Steve decided that this was a perfect fit at Wilsons Yard and the deal was struck. Time to get that timber back to the yard!
This ancient Irish Oak (abonos morta) has been immersed in a bog in the grounds of Gosford Castle for centuries. After approximately 6,000 years of isolation this bogwood is ready to begin a new journey above ground.
Sitting in a peat bogland for thousands of years has allowed this Irish bog oak to mature and develop a beautiful, rich, dark tone which is unmatched in current timber.
On arrival at our yard we were left wondering what to do with it! Luckily we have some very talented woodworkers at our disposal who suggested that we turn the bogwood into decorative pieces of art; even coffee tables and garden seats!
We researched how to dry the bogwood before it could be sculpted or worked on. We were advised to put it in a bed of dry straw and let it dry for 6 months to a year.
We now have the unique opportunity to create small & large sculptures/furniture from this wonderful timber, allowing you to have a piece of art in your home which is as old as the pyramids!
The photographs below show how the timber has been transformed from a wet, peaty bogwood into a very distinctive and stylish decorative feature. We will keep adding the images of the pieces as we make more.
To get us started we have worked on a small piece (which you can see below), we are very happy with the results and now feel confident to start working on large pieces of functional furniture and decorative art.
Feel free to come in and select your own unique piece of bog oak for us to finish to your requirements - leaving you with an ancient piece of stylish art that no one else will ever have...
Here are some different ideas for using Irish bog oak:
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