This pen blank was cut from a tree that was growing while the Egyptians were building the pyramids - between 4000 and 6000 years ago. The blank is made from authentic "bog oak," which was preserved for thousand of years in a peatbog in the Fens of England. Its dark brown color is the effect of the tannins in acidic water, which stain the wood. Bog Oak works well for woodturning and carving. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Each Bog Oak Pen blank measures approximately 3/4" x 3/4" x 5"L
Though bog oak is in the earliest stages of fossilization, it turns much like ordinary wood
Left untouched for millions of years, bog oak would form into coal and lignite
The dark brown color is the effect of the tannins in acidic water, and permeates through the entire pen blank
I took a pen turning class at my local Rockler shop and wanted to make something unique, I found the last piece of Certified Ancient Bog Oak, between 4000-6000 years old and knew this would fit the bill!
Purchased two blanks to craft two fountain pens. Drilled and turned without any problem. I did not use CA because I wanted to keep the look and feel of ancient wood. I put a couple applications of friction polish for the finishing touch.
I used this on two pen projects with excellent results. The CA finished result has a very dark brown color with subdued but visible grain lines. To me it really looks like old wood. I experienced some tear-out when I dug in too aggressively on the first pen, but it still came out great. I suggest really sharp tools and a light touch.