Stunning handmade wooden valet/jewellery box made of beautifully figured Spalted Beech and amazing 5000 year old Bog Oak.
Dovetail joints and dovetail key inlays on the lid made from using 5000 year old bog oak. Pivot hinge lid. Lined with luxurious black velvet. 5 compartments, one with ring or cuff link roll holder.
Highly distinctive ‘spalting’ running through this box. Spalting is a term used to describe the process by which certain fungi grow on dead or fallen trees and after colonizing the wood via travelling up the wood cells from the ends or from broken off branches. The process takes 2 to 3 years to reach the ideal stage to cut & season the timber.
Size 480 x 310 x 95mm
Beech fagus sylvatica
Mature trees grow to a height of more than 40m and develop a huge domed crown. They can live for hundreds of years with coppiced stands living for more than a 1000 years.
Beech is associated with femininity and is often considered the queen of British trees.
Bog Oak quercus robur
Bog Oak, much like Brown Oak, is not a specific species, but is rather a term that designates oak that has been buried in a peat bog for hundreds or sometimes thousands of years. The extremely low oxygen conditions of the bog protect the wood from normal decay, while the underlying peat provides acidic conditions where iron salts and other minerals react with the tannins in the wood, gradually giving it a distinct dark brown to almost black colour.