Bog Oak 5000 Years

Bog Oak is semi-fossilized wood. Morta is found in various locations across the globe, usually in marshlands or moors, and varies widely in its durability, age, and potential usefulness for pipe making. . It is a vast area to search, and for most of the year it is inaccessible because the water levels in the crisscrossing aquaducts rise high enough that the open areas cannot be walked for morta. During the Fall, however, the water levels fall and during a narrow window from September to November one can (with wading boots) traverse through the moors.

The morta lies under the moist surface packed in peat and mineral-rich clay, and can be 4′ deep or more. It is found in the form of huge logs in the process of petrification due to the lack of oxygen required for the wood to rot, which it normally would have done long ago.

The morta is found by walking the soft earth and “poling” – driving a long iron spike into the peat in prospector-fashion, to see if it strikes the hard log of a tree. Once a tree has been located and identified by repeated spiking to confirm that it really is a tree and not a random rock, the area is marked and the search continues.
Once several trees have been located, the digging begins and it is a hard and laborous process. The earth must be dug out to reveal the black logs and make it possible to remove them, and they must either be sawn into movable pieces or lifted out with a portable crane and chains. This requires a truck for transporting the large and heavy sections of wood, plus a lot of hours of labor carrying the stuff across the marshes.

Once the morta has been unearthed and transported back here, it must be dried. The wood is kept covered in dark sheds for a minimum of 2 years.

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