Our Bog Oak trees have been buried under saturated wet soil deposits for thousands of years. Transformed into shades of dark greenish and greyish-brown up to deep black, the wood can be beautifully dense and refined in grain. Dating back as far as 5,000 BC sometimes, they tell the story of old growth forests from the remote past. We can promise you that the logs we use for our True Bog Oak wood floors are originally reclaimed from boglands and lakes, and always achieved their colour throughout the wood by natural discoloration. We can select the darkest natural patina and ensure a very high quality consistency with minimum surface defects.
The origins of this ancient hardwood are beautifully mysterious. Thousands of years ago, rivers, swamps and bogs were surrounded by huge, dark forests full of towering oak trees. These dark dense woods made the trees grow slowly, giving them often a tight grain structure. This makes the wood very dense and refined, adding unique characteristics to its look and feel. Due to storms, floods and other natural events, the trees would sometimes fall into the adjacent wetlands, where they were preserved.
Searching and mining from rivers, lakes, swamps and bogs is a complicated and expensive process. Also because of the special requirements for cutting and drying, the treatment of True Bog Oak is extremely challenging and requires specialized knowledge, diligence and craftsmanship.
We believe this wood offers the most precious and subtle dark patina that nature has to offer. The blend of black-brown and dark greenish hues comes out best by treating the hardwood with our Ultramatt Hardwax, a very fine polish sanding that brings out the fine grain and deep colour patina.