Jackie A. Carter contemplates a piece of bog oak, sussing out what she will sculpt from it.
Bog oak is not a species of wood, but wood that has been altered over time by being buried in a peat bog. Ireland, a country with many bogs, is a good place to find bog oak used with artistry. Michael and Kevin Casey of County Longford display carvings in their studio.
Wood preserved in bogs is used furniture as well as artistic carving. In East Anglia, cabinet makers Adamson and Low describe how the wood is harvested and used.
What is in the wood that wants to be released by this carver? A woman, perhaps.