Beautiful work, thanks for posting
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Hijacking the thread, somewhat related:
I recently ordered a few small pieces of bog oak from Ireland. They were dated to over 6,400 years old. The university determined the date by the tree rings in the wood. They will be used to make pens. Bog oak is a dark, partially decayed wood, the first step on the long path to becoming coal. It has dark grain on dark wood. From what I hear, it is easy to turn. I have no idea what bog oak smells like, but I will find out soon enough.
Follow-up on the bog oak:
I got five pieces of the ancient bog oak from Ireland and then decided to order ten more. You can find ancient bog oak from many locations around the world, but this particular bog oak is the only one that I found that was scientifically dated by a laboratory. All other bog oak that I found has an age range that spans several thousand years (something like "2,000 to 4,000 years old"). The source of the scientifically dated bog oak stopped responding to queries. He may not have any more to sell.
Turning the ancient bog oak required patience and sharp tools. The wood was very dry and brittle. It was easy to chip out. One blank came apart during drilling. I work outside and wear a dust mask, but a charcoal smell got through. The shavings looked like charcoal ash.
The wood is very very dark. I used CA finishes on early bog oak pens, but it made the pens very dark and uninteresting, hiding the grain. After that, I used Hut Crystal Coat, which gave a very nice appearance. It showed the grain better, and had a nice feel. Unfortunately, Hut Crystal Coat is not as durable as a CA finish. I may try something else next, but I am not sure what. CA over BLO? Poly over BLO or tung oil?