Irish bog oak blanks. 6500 years old

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Twvaman

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I have for sale Irish bog oak pen blanks.
Bog oak comes from the midlands of Ireland.
Size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 5.5 inch.
Blanks are kiln dry and have no cracks.
Price for 5 blanks - $20.00 plus $5.50 for postage.
Payment through PayPal.
Delivery from Ireland to USA takes 5-7 working days.

I have this bogoak carbon dated from queens university Belfast. A copy of the results will be giving with each purchase. (4464bc +/- 9 years or later).

Here is my last tread from last year.
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f158/irish-bog-oak-pen-blanks-6500-years-old-158990/f158...rs-old-157209/

i can send blanks that are black or a mixture of black and brown blanks. Pm me for preference.
 

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JUICEDSS

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I have purchased from you before. I have sold a lot of pens made from this. People love it and they really like getting the report along with it.

The pens are beautiful when done!
 

Twvaman

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I have purchased from you before. I have sold a lot of pens made from this. People love it and they really like getting the report along with it.

The pens are beautiful when done!
That’s good to hear. Would love to see a few pictures of your pens.
 

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I would also like 10, mixture of all black and black/brown is fine.
I agree with JuicedSS--the ones i've had in the past are nice. Can't say i've sold a lot of them, but i've sold or gifted every one i've made so far@@
earl
 

Benpen

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I would like 10 as well, 7 black and 3 brown if possible,

Thanks,

Ben
 

penicillin

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I just want to add a positive endorsement of @Twvaman. I bought two sets of his bog oak pen blanks, one via PM/PayPal here at Penturners.org and another set via eBay. Both were mailed by Twvaman from Ireland and arrived in California in about a week.

-> This is the only bog oak I have found anywhere that has been scientifically dated. That is important and special to me. By the way, the dating was done by comparing the grain pattern to known tree ring spacing, not through carbon dating. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrochronology

The blanks are nice. They are dry/brittle with a charcoal-like sawdust, but easy to turn nonetheless. Use sharp tools and a light touch. (Everybody says that for every pen blank, so what's the use?)

Bog Oak Hint:
As soon you turn the blank to a cylinder, try sanding and applying a few different finishes before you turn it all the way down to your pen shape. When I applied a GlueBoost CA finish, the blank became almost black and lost a lot of grain appeal. Oak has open grain, and I think the pen looks better if the grain "slots" show up. CA fills them and makes the pen look too smooth and black-but-bland.

Photos:
* Faith, Hope, Love pen, made with Twvaman's dark (black) bog oak. I keep notes. This pen had a bad CA finish. I sanded it off and applied Hut Crystal Coat. The pen was made last May.

* Celtic pen, made with Twvaman's lighter bog oak. The pen was made last May and finished with Hut Crystal Coat.

Faith Hope Love Pen Bog Oak.JPG


Celtic Pen in Bog Oak.JPG
 
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greenacres2

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Mike--got you paid.
Some good looking pens posted here. This Irish Bog Oak is one of the few woods that i don't add a film-forming finish to. It is rare for most people to be able to ever touch anything that is 200 years old. It's almost impossible for even archaeologists to be able to touch something 6,500 years old with their bare hands. The look on people's faces when i hand it to them is priceless. Worth watching the bare wood age in use as a pen for folks to be able to share the experience of holding something that old with their friends.
earl
 

Twvaman

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Mike--got you paid.
Some good looking pens posted here. This Irish Bog Oak is one of the few woods that i don't add a film-forming finish to. It is rare for most people to be able to ever touch anything that is 200 years old. It's almost impossible for even archaeologists to be able to touch something 6,500 years old with their bare hands. The look on people's faces when i hand it to them is priceless. Worth watching the bare wood age in use as a pen for folks to be able to share the experience of holding something that old with their friends.
earl
That’s great to hear. Send me a few pictures when you have a few pens made.
 

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If you are looking for really really really old pen blanks, I discovered ancient kauri pen blanks at my local Rockler store a few weeks ago. They are advertised to be 30,000 to 50,000 years old - the limits of carbon dating. I bought one to try, just for the fun of making a pen from wood so old. The blank is one of two blanks that were in the store, both of them very white and very plain, with almost no grain, color, or other features. I have not turned it yet. The photos of the blank and customer-made pen on the Rockler website are much darker than the blank I bought:

If you are looking for the oldest possible material for pens, you can buy fossilized mammoth tusk, but it is much more rare, expensive, and delicate than the ancient kauri blank. It could be older than the ancient kauri pen blanks, but not for certain without dating it. The last mammoth colony died out less than 4,000 years ago.

Anyone got pen blanks older than ancient kauri or mammoth tusk?
 

djrljr

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I love working with this wood. I have also sold quite a few pens made with this wood and the reaction you geet when you hand the purchaser the paperwork dating the wood is priceless.

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I bought from you before and am more than happy with the blanks. I would like 20. 10 of the dark and 10 of the light brown. Send me an e-mail. All my info is the same as before.

Preston Edwards
 
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Sprsbux2

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Mike,if you have any left,could you please send me PayPal acct for 5? I would like 3 brown/black and 2 black. Thx Eric
 

eppen

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I have for sale Irish bog oak pen blanks.
Bog oak comes from the midlands of Ireland.
Size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 5.5 inch.
Blanks are kiln dry and have no cracks.
Price for 5 blanks - $20.00 plus $5.50 for postage.
Payment through PayPal.
Delivery from Ireland to USA takes 5-7 working days.

I have this bogoak carbon dated from queens university Belfast. A copy of the results will be giving with each purchase. (4464bc +/- 9 years or later).

Here is my last tread from last year.
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f158/irish-bog-oak-pen-blanks-6500-years-old-158990/f158...rs-old-157209/

i can send blanks that are black or a mixture of black and brown blanks. Pm me for preference.
Hi Mike do you have 5 black and 5 mixed. I would like to get some?
 

steamshovel

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I received my order and all the blanks were there. The post office was a little rough and the package was torn open. There was no COA sheet. I got hold of Mike at Irish Bog Oak and he said he would email them to me. He tried several times and failed. He asked for another email address and this one worked. It then was emailed to me and it came through. I would like to thank Mike for following through. He will see me again as a customer.

Preston
 
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