‘River wood has an unusual and unique look. It possesses exclusive drawing and colour. It has laid in the water for a few hundred years – or, like the bog oak, a few thousand – without light and air.’
Welcome to the log-preserving world of T. Riverwood, a Polish foundation giving second life to wood fished out of rivers. The sodden wood reclaimed wood collected by T. Riverwood – whether an old beam tossed into a lake or a piece of black oak found at the bottom of a pond – is then either sold raw, or treated and processed in-house, turned into furniture, floors and walls for all kinds of interior designs, gardens and terraces.
‘The bog oak we extract from riverbeds is between 800 and 6500 years old,’ said T. Riverwood’s Dariusz Tokark. ‘Some of these logs were around during Aristotle’s days, or when the world’s first pyramids were bring built.
‘Being separated from light and oxygen for so long it gains unusual cracks, various colour diversity and strength. There are very limited resources of bog oak around the world and the effort that is put into searching as well as in the extraction process is enormous – therefore the wood is so unique and rare. The process of creating bog oak can be compared to the geological transformations when coal becomes diamond.’
Sitting somewhere between ebony (in terms of colour and hardness) and cowrie (in terms of rarity and history), bog oak is one of the most expensive woods in the world. And T. Riverwood have the enormous privilege of transforming this exquisite, brooding, prehistorically weighty beast into bold coffee tables, sumptuous sliding doors and artistic slabs.
You then have the privilege of welcoming these magnificent furnishings into your home.