#936 Now Sold

Bog Oak and Gun Metal Premium Twist Pen

Is a material from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. The wood is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Bog-wood represents the early stages in the fossilisation of wood with further stages ultimately forming jet, lignite and coal over a period of many millions of years. Bog-wood may come from any tree species naturally growing near or in bogs, including oak, pine and yew. It is a rare form of timber that is claimed to be comparable to some of the world's most expensive tropical hardwoods.

This particular bog-wood is oak and came from the Norfolk Fens, it has been carbon dated at 4280 years old.

Many thousands of years ago East Anglia was densely forested by gigantic trees. Approximately 7,000 years ago a rise in the sea level caused the rivers to back up and flood the fens, consequently the trees died standing and then fell into the silt of the forest floor. Due to cultivation of this productive land these trees have come to the surface.

Pen #936 was turned on 25th March 2018 near Braunston on the Oxford Canal.

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