It’s hard to say when and where bog oak was first discovered but the history connected with it makes great impression. One of the legends tells that the walls of the fortress which was built by Duke Ryurik on the bank of the Lake Ilmen in the IX century, A.D., were made of bog oak and it is considered to be one of the first fortresses in ancient Russia. Also there are some undeniable facts that the thrones for impire sovereigns were made of bog oak either. Here are some graphic evidences to this fact: throne of the Great Britain King Yakov II or the throne of Peter I were given to them by the English masters as gifts. Peter I was so much impressed by marvelous properties of bog oak that he gave the orders «...to catch oak out of water and keep accurate record of such trunks». Later on in the year of 1712 he gave a box made of bog oak to Ekaterina Alekseevna as one of the wedding gifts.
From time immemorial suits of furniture and souvenirs have been created and are now stored in museums and antique shops all around the world. Black oak was the most sort after material for furniture and jewelry. Here we can mention the famous bedroom suite of Louis XIV made of bog oak and cabinets of cardinal Mazarini, apartments of Count Sheremetiev’s unique wooden palace.
The famous round table of King Arthur was made of solid black oak upon his request. James I, son of Mary Stuart, wished to have a bog oak throne “…for its healing power to facilitate righteous government…” and received it as a gift from Westminster after the official coronation. Bog oak was used for decoration of the most expensive furniture and parquet in royal palaces.
Cabinet makers presented Peter the Great upon his return from the Great Mission with a bog oak cabinet and the tsar boasted to the visitors about it afterwards. The wonderful characteristics of the oak aroused interest and the tsar ordered “to saw off this wood and keep records of the logs carefully”. Many historic figures considered black oak to bear power and wisdom.
Moreover, we know that bog oak has high energy and gives vital force. Since the ancient times oak has been considered a magical source of energy. Our ancestors thought that bog oak gave man better protection from negative energy from outside and helped recover strength. Oak gives its power to man easily by a simple touch and its energy helps balance the whole body.
It has become a tradition to present gifts made of «black wood» on solemn occasions which lasted right up to the revolution period. Cabinets, armchairs and secretaries were presented on jubilees and official appointments. Boxes, coffers and statuettes were given to ladies on such occasions as weddings and the name-days.
Finishing the apartments with bog oak evidenced not only the well-being of a man but his status in the society since this material was considered to be elite at all times and one had to deserve to possess it.