I used to salvage the bog oak and yew from the Bog of Allen in ireland before the Bord na Mona realised its worth and reburied it in large pits for seasoning. Which is the main problem drying soaking wet oak to a workable condition as in first you stand it on end to let it drain. So unless you have really seasoned wood it will split madly. I regarded my oak and yew so precious after all that work that i made it into jewelry with silver and silk, some small boxes etc. It can be polished to show the silver/blue long grain of oak with the pitch black.