Huge wheels of a bulldozer. The noise of engines, moving caterpillar wheels spreading mud everywhere. Huge drops of water, bursting, getting in everyone’s eyes. I clear the sweat off my forehead. Adrenaline is pumping up my veins. I wonder whether this is reality or a dream. In the past, when I watched American documentaries about treasure hunters, gold diggers, it did not even occur to me that one day this would become a part of my life. Divers have come onshore, emotions are rising high. The 100-tonne crane is leaning to one side, people standing on the barge freeze. Will it make it? Ah! This is a damn big risk...When I got information on my desk after many months of waiting, I could not believe it One can come across a piece like that once in a hundred years. A 15-metre giant with the diameter of more than 150 cm. 30 tonnes. My log. None of the hundred logs previously excavated by me was so huge.”
This is not a film script, these are noted from the diary of the founder of T. Riverwood. This is what the very complicated and costly process of excavation of bog oak looks like and it is only with people who have nerves of steel. It starts at the stage of planning and looking for deposits of this valuable material. Application of the state-of-the-art equipment and hundreds of hours of looking through maps. Then specialized, heavy equipment. This is a great undertaking, which logistically involves lots of money and time. This is one of the reasons why bog oak is described as the most expensive wood of the world.