The term bog oak stands for fossil oaks that have lain in the bog for centuries. In the bog, the tannic acids of the wood react with the marsh gases of the bog, which causes the wood to change colour very strongly. The bog oak has a blue to green-grey to deep black colouring. The texture of the decorative, coarse-pored wood is striped or figured.
Trade names and other names
German: Mooreiche, Black Oak
English: Bog oak
French: Chêne des Marais, Chêne fossile
Italian: Rovere di Palude
Available veneer thicknesses
0.6, 0.9, 2.4 mm, other thicknesses on request
The oak is found almost all over Europe, namely in Norway up to the 63rd degree north latitude and in Russia up to the 57th degree north latitude, as well as in the Caucasus and in Asia Minor. Furthermore, oak is found in the south as far as central Spain, Sicily and on Crete.
Trunk and bark
not specified, as bog oak is actually only formed by storage in bogs and swamps.
Characteristics and wood colour
Coarse pores and sharply defined annual rings. Wide medullary rays appear as light shiny bands in radial section and as brown lines in tangential section in oak. Due to the acidic environment of the bog water, the wood of the bog oak has become strongly discoloured. This is by no means even and uniform, but varies irregularly within the individual piece, from light grey to blue-black and deep black. Because of this rich colour range, bog oak is very sought after.