THE JUTLAND TRILOGY – Traditional Greek Komboloi made of Samos Olive and thousand-year Danish Bog Oak

Four thousand years ago, an ancient oak sank into a Danish peat bog where it lay, dark and hidden through the Stone, Iron and Bronze ages, the Viking period and Middle Ages until – shortly after WWII – it was dug up, black as pitch and almost as hard as coal, and laid to dry for a further seventy years.

Ten years ago I found some olive wood branches in Samos, Greece – packed them in my luggage and figured I would find use for them some day.

Today, Niels Ole Rønberg performed his magic on the lathe – and the result is a traditional Greek Komboloi made of Samos Olive and thousand-year Danish Bog Oak. In the lower picture, the Komboloi is joined by 45-million-year old Danish Amber and 300-million-year old North Sea coal in a bowl of 100-year old Danish Elm, also worked by Niels Ole Rønberg.

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