I turned a couple of samples of my new pen design. Actually these are just prototypes. The bog oak is really really good. It is black as soot, and it has so fine details. When the wood is polished it shines fo fine.
I found that bog oak om Lolland - where it has been sitting for over 40 years. Now it is dry. Really dry. I was crawling around on a dark loft, where they had it stocked - on the farm I visited. The story behind this wood is, that as Denmark had joined the EU some forty odd years ago, the subsidised farming had to change - due to the heavy regulation. And as the milk production and beef production was too high, farmers were paid to slaughter their animals, and after that the grazing pastures were turned into fields. And when these fields were plowed - sometimes bog oak trunks would turn up. Really old bog oak, that had been around since long before the viking age. That is quite a story I think.
The bronze fittings are made by a machine shop in Jægersborg nearby Frederikssund where I live and have my workshop. Just drive over the bridge, turn right and go through the small wood. Then by the coast to the town - past the military camp, and just before you come to the castle - there is a Pizzaria on your left hand. Behind that - you'll find a machine shop with a machine park dating from before 1970 - to todays moste advanced CNC machines. I love to visit that place. Small industry, family owned. The family Labrador dog walking around in the shop. What's not to like?