Bog Oak is formed by the remains of ancient Irish oak trees which were submerged in developing peat bogs in Ireland over 3,000 years ago. These peat bogs are associated with the flood plains of the the river Shannon whose giant lakes or Loughs are the heart of the Irish Lakelands. Because the waterlogged bog peat is has such a low oxygen conent, the trapped wood is preserved until found and recovered some 3,000 years later by local artists who slowly dry the wood for two years before carving and polishing it into beautiful contemporary celtic art.
Each piece of art becomes a unique piece of authentic ancient Irish history and culture which you can bring home to remind you of your visit to the Irish Lakelands.
Artist and Business Entrepreneur Helen Conneely established her Bog Oak studio in the Old School House in Ballinahown Village some years ago. This studio has now developed into one of the Irish Lakelands leading contemporary art studios.
As well as showcasing Bog Oak sculptures and jewellery by Helen and other local artists, the studio also offers a wide range of fun classes and other bog oak related activities.