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FJD OR 148. Hampton Butte Museum specimen. Eocene Clarno formation. We tested this type of Hampton Butte Green wood for Ancient Forests chapter Wood to Stone, sub-paragraph What Minerals are doing the petrification? Geologist Dick Dayvault did an excellent job with that chapter. One thing we wanted to do was answer the question: why is green wood green. In the case of the Hampton Butte wood, the analysis indicated rubidium, iron, and strontium. The green is from ferrous iron oxide (Fe2+). BTW, the green wood from Arizona and Zimbabwe were green from chromium. [I cut one-sq cm cubes from ten samples, including two standards and five green woods from around the world, which we sent to Argonne National Laboratory for testing. Those guys were friends of Dick’s so they ran the test on the back of another for free. The cost normally would be about $20,000.] Small cabinet size specimen round, cut and polished on one end, otherwise as found. The face is alluring in white, green, and blue. 42 by 58 mm mirror-polished face; 4 cm long; five ounces. $85

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 RESERVED

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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