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Postage at actual cost. Returns permitted within seven days of your receipt for any reason. No return after seven days for any reason without prior permission. No returns on books.
Overseas and Canadian recipients responsible for all applicable permits, licenses, taxes, tariffs, and duties. Full return in original condition for any reason for 7 days from receipt. Shipping costs cannot be refunded.
Colorado purchasers the sales tax for your location, including state, county, city, and any special districts (dumb new law).
I accept payments through PayPal or you may send a personal check. Reserve any specimen by email and be sure to include specimen numbers. Always feel free email with any questions. See below for an explanation of some of the terms I use regarding fossil wood.
In the event that more than one customer orders the same specimen, the order which I receive first by email, phone, or mail will prevail.
Overseas and Canadian recipients responsible for all applicable permits, licenses, taxes, tariffs, and duties. Full return in original condition for any reason for 15 days from receipt. Return shipping costs cannot be refunded.
STUMP: When I refer to a piece of petrified wood as a stump, I am doing so informally and colloquially. This will be a specimen that is a short section of a branch or a small tree with the appearance of a stump, sometimes known as a bole section. A stump will be a freestanding piece. As opposed to slices, stumps retain some of the flavor of the outside of the fossil.
LOG END/BRANCH END: A log end or branch end is a piece with one end which has been cut and polished and the other end being as found.
FACE: A “face” is the polished section.
SPECIMEN ROUND: A “specimen round” is a piece which has been cut and polished, generally across the transverse aspect, and has a perimeter that is the natural rock as found; the face that is polished reveals color and detail, although the rock as found was not a complete trunk or branch, sometimes having broken and tumbled millennia ago.
FULL ROUND: A “full round’ will be a specimen cut across the transverse aspect [cross-section] that seems to pretty much encompass a complete set of annual rings, or if a cast, will have most of the full circumference.
FULL ROUND/SPECIMEN ROUND: This is a piece that I was taught as a novice Utah wood collector to be a full round. It has the exterior characteristics of a full round piece of wood, but the interior structures reveal it to be a piece of a larger tree. I personally do not discriminate against this type of full round, but since some do, I use this term as a compromise.
No glue/No filler: It means what is says, however I’ll add a proviso: the piece has no glue or filler of which I am aware, so if there is some glue, it’s imperceptible.
MUSEUM SPECIMEN/MUSEUM QUALITY: Virtually everything here could be in a museum; when I use the term “museum specimen,” I mean a very special piece. “Museum quality” refers to a specimen that has everything one would expect in a museum specimen but it is not as large as what you would see in most museums.
For the past thirty years plus, I have been accumulating specimens for my collection and to photograph for my books, picking up duplicates of special specimens to sell or trade. Along the way, I was privileged to purchase some of the finest private collections in existence. Having spent months traveling thousands of miles to find these beauties, I am now offering some of the world’s best specimens to museums and private collectors. Please give them a good home.
FJD – If a specimen number begins with “FJD”, as in FJD OR 999, it is especially perfect and came from my personal collection (or is of that same high quality). My number one priority in fossil wood collecting is beauty, closely followed by perfection. Specimens with “FJD” will have either no glues or fillers or very little. I have been a collector all my life and I’m into my 8th decade on this planet. In my opinion, the finest collection specimens are extremely rare. Specimens with glue and cracks and other problems are common. I do not discriminate by size, so some of my specimens are quite small. I tend to favor limb sections over slices as they tell a better story and have more character. Pieces of “FJD” quality are in the top tiny percentage of all of the petrified wood the earth has to offer (most of which is not collector quality). I am in an ongoing process of dramatically reducing the size of my collections, so most of what I add to my website now is top grade to my way of seeing things.
I wrote an essay about my life as a collector, discussing my evolving views on collectible petrified wood. If you are not interested, I completely understand. You made a good decision. If interested … BOOM