Ancient forests once covered Ireland. Huge oaks, yew and pine
that grew and died since the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. The ruthless farming
techniques of our stone age farmers, along with dramatic changes in climate, eventually
killed much of this original tree cover.
The term bog-oak is often used to describe all types of bog-wood; in other counties, bog-deal is used
in the same way. There are three main types of bog-wood - oak, pine & yew. All can be suitable for
Some roots, and even trunks, were buried in the wet marshy land, which was slowly
developing into our modern bog-land. Much of the wood lay undisturbed for up to 7,000 years,
preserved in its enclosed environment, hidden from our view.
Modern farming, house & road building, tidal action and demands for fuel have all been
cutting away at the bog for centuries, exposing much of this bogwood. It is a rare timber,
unique in colour & texture, a finite resource, even a treasure, which predates all our
conflicts. And some of it is a perfect challenge for the imagination & techniques of the
sculptor and wood carver.
Contact: Ronnie Graham, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)91 637515 or (086)0753531 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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