Our Bog Oak trees have been buried under water or wet soil for thousands of years. Transformed into shades of dark green-brown and deep black, they are supremely hard, highly durable and beautifully refined in grain. Dating back to 2,000 – 5,000 BC, 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 not less than 4,000 years old. This means that we can select the deepest, darkest patina and ensure colour and quality consistency with minimum surface defects.
The origins of this ancient hardwood are beautifully mysterious. Thousands of years ago, rivers, lakes, 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 their 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.
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.