They were a gift from an 85 year old retired Danish school principal, who carved
them from an 800 year old (give or take) piece of moor oak!
He explained that the wood is naturally black from spending centuries covered by water and mud, which deprived it of oxygen, but preserved it, turning it hard and black from the acid and iron in the water.
I adore them, and I love that I'll always have a little piece of Denmark! My diamonds have some stiff competition ;-)
Labels: denmark, simple living