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Burl Source
05-25-2012, 04:01 PM
This showed up in the mail today from the Ukraine.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bo001.jpg
Very high grade Bog Oak. Carbon dated with ages from 1500 to 5500 years old.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bo003.jpg

It can be a big gamble importing woods from some countries.
When I was contacted by these guys in the Ukraine I was suspicious at first.
I asked about purchasing some sample material so I could see what it would be like first hand.
The wood arrived pretty quick and it is better than I expected.

Now I will send it to K&G to see how it does with stabilizing.
After that I will place a sizable order with these guys.

Looks like the oldest is the darkest.
But, I think I like the lighter stuff as well.
Sure it is only about 2 or 3,000 years old, but it looks good.

Crothcipt
05-25-2012, 04:07 PM
man I am loving st11

VoodooMajik
05-25-2012, 04:08 PM
That's some cool stuff, love to see a finished handle with it.

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 04:19 PM
man I am loving st11
That piece is quartersawn. The way it is cut produces the flecks.
The numbers on these pieces are so he can identify what logs I want pieces from.
I am thinking these will darken up a bit when stabilized. No matter what changes might take place, I love this stuff.
The supplier also offered to include copies of the carbon dating reports for the wood I order.

apicius9
05-25-2012, 04:24 PM
I have a couple of pieces from Germany that I had stabilized by K&G and they came out nice. The open pores of the oak make for a more rustc looking blank, but I like that. Mine were almost black, so there was not much darkening with stabilizing. Looking forward to seeing the outcome on these.

Stefan

Candlejack
05-25-2012, 04:37 PM
I am really, really impressed with these. Can't be cheap though

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 05:30 PM
I am really, really impressed with these. Can't be cheap though
No where near as bad as Amboyna, Koa and Ironwood Burl.
The guy is being pretty reasonable so far, but shipping from Ukraine is a little spendy.

The way I figure it is;
Looks good
Is a sort of rare oddity
....and the mystical powers associated with Bog Oak.
Not that I believe that stuff......Just sayin

Here is an end shot of the 1/4 sawn piece to show how it is cut to show the flecks.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bo006.jpg
When the growth rings are at a right angle to the face of a block, oak will usually shows rays and flecks that look pretty cool.

Candlejack
05-25-2012, 05:34 PM
No where near as bad as Amboyna, Koa and Ironwood Burl.
The guy is being pretty reasonable so far, but shipping from Ukraine is a little spendy.

The way I figure it is;
Looks good
Is a sort of rare oddity
....and the mystical powers associated with Bog Oak.
Not that I believe that stuff......Just sayin

Here is an end shot of the 1/4 sawn piece to show how it is cut to show the flecks.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bo006.jpg
When the growth rings are at a right angle to the face of a block, oak will usually shows rays and flecks that look pretty cool.

I'm a heathen and doesn't really like koa

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 05:38 PM
I'm a heathen and doesn't really like koa
:shocked3:
They usually toss people like you into the volcanoes.

Eamon Burke
05-25-2012, 05:44 PM
Or bogs, where you get absorbed by an oak tree.

apicius9
05-25-2012, 05:48 PM
:shocked3:
They usually toss people like you into the volcanoes.

I'll take care of that if you ever come out here ;)

Stefan

add
05-25-2012, 05:56 PM
3,000 thousand years old... and still not stable?

Soggy bog for sure.


:D

Johnny.B.Good
05-25-2012, 06:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzLtF_PxbYw

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM
3,000 thousand years old... and still not stable?
Soggy bog for sure. :D

The wood actually has a moisture content under 6% which is really good.
The reason I would be getting it stabilized is to add durability to the wood.
The stabilizing infuses the wood with an acrylic polymer that impregnates the wood fibers making it much more durable.
Kind of like insurance for the wood because not everyone gives their knives the care they should.

Johnny B Good.
I am assuming the guy on the right is supposed to be you,
because the guy on the left has hair just like mine.
Stefan can be the Ukranian, "Koa is game to you?!!!"

Candlejack
05-25-2012, 09:38 PM
:shocked3:
They usually toss people like you into the volcanoes.

it's ont nice to abuse people on alcohol, it's that like illegal

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 10:06 PM
..

Burl Source
05-25-2012, 10:34 PM
http://youtu.be/9T3oMqR8wB8

Vladimir
05-26-2012, 12:05 AM
Indeed, we in Ukraine have a lot of wood at a reasonable price, but there problemma with the stabilization of wood, and there is little wizards that can make high-quality wa handle

sachem allison
05-26-2012, 03:57 PM
http://youtu.be/9T3oMqR8wB8

that is a bigass oak tree

Crothcipt
05-29-2012, 02:10 AM
I doesn't seem like its to big until he puts it on the truck. Then its a *&*%^%$* **^% (*^&% $$^&^.

Burl Source
06-12-2012, 07:17 PM
The first batch of the bog oak that I showed in the previous photos is at K&G being stabilized.
I was very impressed with the quality of the wood so I ordered a larger batch.
They arrived today.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/bo009.jpg
Now off to K&G to get these stabilized too.

clayton
06-12-2012, 07:22 PM
I am patiently waiting for this...

Burl Source
06-12-2012, 07:25 PM
I am patiently waiting for this...
As soon as the 1st batch comes back from K&G I will make a post here.
I am guessing about 2 weeks away.

Most people use bog oak without getting it stabilized.
But I figured this stuff was worth investing a little money into having it stabilized.
I look at the stabilizing like an insurance policy.
Plus it makes it so the wood will take a better finish.

clayton
06-12-2012, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the update!

SameGuy
06-12-2012, 10:37 PM
OK, I'm sold. Who here makes D-handles so far?? Mike will experiment for me in palm, who else? My Masamoto ho is looking downright sad compared to some of the woods I've seen here lately...

Crothcipt
06-13-2012, 04:21 AM
:sofa: I am afraid to see how much these will be posted for.:fanning:

apicius9
06-13-2012, 04:40 AM
Looks great, Mark! Great alternative to some of the other dark woods.

Stefan

ecchef
06-13-2012, 09:20 AM
OK, I'm sold. Who here makes D-handles so far?? Mike will experiment for me in palm, who else? My Masamoto ho is looking downright sad compared to some of the woods I've seen here lately...

Stefan Keller.

Candlejack
06-13-2012, 10:16 AM
OK, I'm sold. Who here makes D-handles so far?? Mike will experiment for me in palm, who else? My Masamoto ho is looking downright sad compared to some of the woods I've seen here lately...

Marko does some REALLY beautiful work

markenki
06-17-2012, 03:04 AM
Hey, what just happened? I looked on your site, Mark, and I see that you posted some bog oak, but they're all sold? Was I not invited to the party? :eyebrow: :nunchucks:

Johnny.B.Good
06-17-2012, 03:19 AM
OK, I'm sold. Who here makes D-handles so far??

Marko.

http://www.tsourkanknives.com/index.php/store/category/20-japanese-style-wa-handles

Burl Source
06-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Hey, what just happened? I looked on your site, Mark, and I see that you posted some bog oak, but they're all sold? Was I not invited to the party? :eyebrow: :nunchucks:

Some of the regular knife guys were asking for some of the bog oak not stabilized.
So that was what I had posted in the web store. 2 batches so far that sold out.
I have a small batch being stabilized at K&G right now and another batch going to them soon.

For anyone who is interested in some of the Bog Oak that has not been sent out for stabilizing I will be adding more to the store this afternoon.
I will make a post here when they are listed.

WillC
06-17-2012, 02:57 PM
Does it benefit from stabilizing Mark? Its some old stuff....

Burl Source
06-17-2012, 03:27 PM
Does it benefit from stabilizing Mark? Its some old stuff....
From what I have seen, the majority of knives made with bog oak are not stabilized.
My thought was that there would be some added protection gained from the stabilizing.
But not everyone wants to spend the extra $$$.
So I decided to make it available both ways.

markenki
06-17-2012, 07:59 PM
Awesome. Picked up a 5000-year-old piece of wood. :-)

Burl Source
06-17-2012, 08:25 PM
I just finished adding these Non-Stabilized, Natural Bog Oak Blocks to the store.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/002-10.jpg (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Natural-Hardwoods-cln-Bog-Oak/Categories)

markenki
06-17-2012, 08:43 PM
Only three left, folks...

Burl Source
06-17-2012, 10:39 PM
Only three left, folks...
I think the ones in the photo are all gone now but I added some more.
Several lighter, younger ones, only 2090 and 2840 years old.
And a handful of the real dark 3400 year old ones.

Tristan
06-18-2012, 06:14 AM
Geez, this wood is spreading around faster than the clappers from a hot drunk nympho. I expect to see copious amounts of bog wood handle photos from everyone soon!

99Limited
06-18-2012, 08:01 AM
I bought my piece at 11:45pm est and there was quite a few still available but by 7:00am only one piece is left.

Burl Source
06-18-2012, 02:07 PM
Looks like they are all gone now.
There is a small batch at K&G and some more unstabilized ones I will clean up.