A Brief History of Bogwood

Bog wood is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a 

by-product of turf cutting, or when bogland is drained for agricultural use. The wood varies in age, usually ranging between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, although roots of bog yew up to 9,000 years old have been found. The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the Turf bogs, which waterlog the wood and keep it free from oxygen and sunlight which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the Bog also reacts with the wood and transforms it's colour, having a different effect upon the three regularly found species of Scots Pine, Oak and Yew. Bog pine is usually a rich red brown colour, Bog Oak is usually jet black, but occasionly a very dark brown. Bog Yew is the rarest of the three and the most variable in terms of colour, rangiing from biege to dark brown while other pieces are streaked with red and 


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