Oregon, page 2

FJD OR 124. Post Sycamore. Specimen round gnarly sycamore-like hardwood. Another great example showing that a specimen round can be more beautiful than a full round. The polished face is leaf-like and attractive. On close inspection we see beautifully preserved fat rays and other hardwood structures. The mineralization is like fine China. 77 by 47 mm mirror-polished face; 7.5 cm long; twelve ounces.  $80

FJD OR 86. Museum specimen– Eastern Oregon conifer (probably Malheur Co based on color and mineralization) This is a specimen round slice. You’ll get lost in there under a microscope. Vestiges of coniferous structures remain. Beautifully preserved. 13 by 6 cm mirror-polished face; 11 mm thick; seven ounces.  $75

FJD OR 87. Museum specimen– Golden Oak wedge. Specimen round of incredibly beautiful fossil wood in a beautiful state of preservation. No glue – No filler. Cut into a wedge shape and polished on both ends. I am uncertain of the location other than Eastern Oregon but it must be Malheur County based on the incredible set of colors and glassy preservation. 10 by 6 and 10 by 7 cm mirror-polished faces; 53 mm thick at the thick side of the wedge; eleven ounces.  $140

FJD OR 88. Museum specimen– Grassy Mountain Elm Perfection. Full round limb with one natural end and one that’s cut and polished. You can argue with my label as full round since it obviously comprises less than half the growth rings. This is not unusual in Grassy mountain wood which often has a driftwood appearance. This one is flawless with all the Grassy colors, amazing hardwood (elm or hackberry) cell structure preservation. Stunning growth rings. 5 by 7 cm mirror-polished face; 7 cm tall; one pound and five ounces.  $600

FJD OR 91. Museum specimen– Grassy Mountain Hardwood. Full round limb with one natural end and one that’s cut and polished. Fabulous exterior with knots and branching. The polished end offers an array of Grassy Mountain colors and cell structures. Condition is amazingly perfect. 10 by 7 cm mirror-polished face; 13 cm long; two pounds and nine ounces.  $650

FJD OR 95. Museum specimen from HooDoo Basin. This is the other half of FJD OR 64. Elm from HooDoo Basin, not even a real name, an elusive locality close to Grassy Mountain, has been the source for some of the finest quality fossil wood to be encountered by mankind. Glassy to a stunning depth considering that it at first appears opaque. This is a fairly large full round log section that is all natural on one end and cut and polished on the other. The specimen has a hollow element that results in a hole like in a bagel. Surrounding the hole are beautiful growth rings and colors you see in this combination and hue only in HooDoo wood. All around the polished face are no fractures. No filler/No glue. Beautiful silicified otherworldly wood with the hardwood structure of elm.  Nice cabinet size at 60 by 87 cm mirror polished face and 115 mm long; two pounds and one ounce.  $325 

FJD OR 99. Prineville area fern-like Museum Piece. Here’s something different. You be the judge because I am uncertain – It appears to be some sort of fern. Most of this material I’ve seen is heavily fractured but this one’s in nice condition and is a rare full round with pretty much no fractures. All natural but for the cut and polished end. 34 by 64 mm mirror-polished face; 7 cm long; nine ounces.  $100

FJD OR 120. Grassy Mountain. One of the most beautiful Grassy full rounds you’ll ever see. It’s strikingly attractive all around the sides. It was surely a surface-collected piece in the way old days – it sat out and became beautiful from the elements pounding it, forming a rich patina upon a glass-like sculpted fossil of wood. For some reason this one is brighter and more golden than most. Another great specimen I’ve had for about twenty or thirty years and never offered for sale before now. Astounding cellular preservation. You can get lost in there under magnification. No glue or filler. Cut on both ends and polished on the top. 6.5 by 8.5 cm mirror-polished face; 5 cm tall; one pound and two ounces. $875

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