Brooklyn, New York, January 8, 2018 -  Telt Inc. is pleased to announce the arrival of the new shipment of bog oak slabs from Siberia and Ukraine to its New Jersey warehouse.

Bog oak is an exceptionally rare naturally stained wood created from the trunks of trees that lived 2,500 to 5,000 years ago. Bog oak is also known as abonos, black wood, ancient wood or morta.

The shipment contained 107 slabs from eight to twelve feet long, 15 -27 inch wide, and 1 3/4 to 3-inch in thickness. Depending on its age and the unique conditions of its formation, the hue of the wood ranges from light brown to dark black.

“Some of the slabs are in excellent condition ready for any cabinet makers work with,” says Telt Inc. Founder and President Allen Telt.  “Some have small cracks and some should be studied by the buyer to determine their further application, since they have deep natural cracks and natural faults. There are also several slabs which can be used for artistic works or an installations in hotels bars and elsewhere.”

For some artisans, it is the imperfections in some bog oak slabs -- as well as the unique history that each piece embodies -- that make it such an intriguing material to work with.

Two New York-based furniture designers have already worked with wood from Telt Inc. One of the tables was designed in a luxurious country style. The other is a sleek ultra-modern design that takes advantage of the unique plasticity and tensile strength of the highest quality bog oak. This table was presented at Armory Salon 2017 by Karl Kemp gallery NYC.

Armory Salon 2017 by Karl Kemp gallery

Armory Salon 2017 by Karl Kemp gallery

For those unfamiliar with bog oak, this unique wood is created from fallen trees submerged under riverbeds, lakes, bogs and swamps for centuries and even millennia. Deprived of oxygen, the wood absorbs salts and minerals from the environment and is naturally stained by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. As a result, each slab has a unique history and no two pieces are alike.

In many cultures, bog oak is also thought to possess healing properties, and has been used to sculpt  objects ranging from Irish daggers and amulets to ornate Elizabethan cabinetry.

Modern drying methods have made it possible to use bog oak for larger applications. The process of extracting and drying the wood is laborious and requires great skill as well as three years of careful monitoring.

The age of the wood is determined by the carbon testing method. The analysis of the previous batch from 2017 revealed an age of 2,700 years. The analysis of the samples of this batch will be ready by the end of January 2018. But there is no doubt that Telt Inc. possesses rare specimens, the age of which is measured in millennia.

“We not only offer to architects and designers the material for further work,”  says Allen Telt. “We are ready to translate your design into a finished product.”

Renowned cabinet-maker Thomas Newman already has considerable experience with bog oak. 


Bog Oak Farm Table

Thomas Newman

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