Such events give bog oaks "a wonderful, rich history," says Charles Stem, president of The Wood Gallery Inc., Floyds Knob, IN.
Stem's library includes a wealth of information about bog oaks, as his late father's veneer company Chester B.
Bog oak, known commercially as black oak, is an extremely rare, expensive wood available in veneer or sometimes lumber.
Bog oak veneers are used as faces for furniture, paneling and parquet flooring.
Early uses for bog oak included furniture and ornamental pieces, then known in London as Turnbridge ware, writes Hughes.
Stem has supplied bog oak for many clients over the years, including the Atlanta headquarters of IBM, where a plaque was placed in the lobby, designating the unique heritage of the material.