OR 66. Sweet Home Museum Specimen. Full round hardwood slice. Mineralization is NOT typical Sweet Home. When I first saw this wood, I thought it was from Wyoming’s Blue Forest or Eden Valley, but I was mistaken. The Sweet Home area has produced a wide variety of wood. Most is rather dull but often a fractureless full round, but a small percentage resides at the apex of attractively mineralized wood. This is one. Riddled with borer tunnels. Another great one under magnification. Well preserved structures in places. Blue agate. 6 by 8.5 cm mirror-polished polished face; one cm thick; 3.5 ounces. $60
OR 67. McDermitt Museum Specimen/ring-porous hardwood. Miocene Trout Creek formation. Gemmy and attractive hardwood. Many tight growth rings. No glue/No filler. 85 by 68 mm mirror-polished face; 8 mm thick; three ounces. $60
FJD OR 159. McDermitt Zimmerman Ranch Museum Specimen. Miocene Trout Creek formation. Full round limb section. Cut and polished on one end and natural otherwise. No glue/No filler. 3 by 4 cm mirror-polished face; 68 mm long; five ounces. $115
OR 70. Grassy Mountain Museum specimen. Succor Creek formation; Miocene, Malheur County. Specimen round log end that spent much time alone under the sun and stars. Hard white caliche from the desert coats the base. Cut and polished on one end, remainder is natural. The rough edge at top is an attractive ancient re-worn break, as found. As you can see from looking at the near straight parallel growth rings, it was part of a big tree way back when. Overall colors and pattern offer top eye-appeal and more so under magnification where you swim in amazing gold and blue thirty-million year old elm-like cell structures that now are really just magic. How else can you explain it? No filler or glue. Glassy. 4.5 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 47 mm long; six ounces. $125
OR 64. Rogers Mountain/Scio tile. I’ve heard stories about guys digging down twenty feet where the wood was called The Log Jam. Tons of great wood, mostly sequoia and metasequoia, came out of there. The wood from there and neighboring Scio is unlike other fossil wood. The mineralization is excellent – hard and glassy often with no fracturing. Full rounds were always scarce. The cellular chains are packed tight together and seem as if they’ve been twisted, combed, and rearranged to create beauty. The colors cover a wide range with abundant tans, peppered with reddish to salmon and some blue and usually this unique black that I have seen from nowhere else – it is the hardest and glassiest black and has a deep sheen. Back in those days of rockhound bounty, some tiled their homes with wood like this. I’ve had this one on my bookshelf for 20+ years. The cutter did a great job balancing the tan with the black. Polished only on top which is 13 by 6 cm; 10 cm thick; 7.5 ounces. $55
FJD OR 163. McDermitt Zimmerman Ranch Museum Specimen/Trochodendron. Miocene Trout Creek formation. Tiny and perfect full round limb end, cut and polished on one end and natural otherwise. Large pith trochodendron. No glue/No filler. 3.5 by 3 cm mirror-polished face; 40 mm long; 2.4 ounces. $60
FJD OR 158. McDermitt Museum Specimen. Miocene Trout Creek formation. Full round limb section. Cut on both ends and polished on top. You must take a look under magnification – astounding in colors and superb cell structures – wild. No glue/No filler. 50 by 37 mm mirror-polished face; 66 mm long; seven ounces. $115
FJD OR 118. Grassy Mountain. Two-piece beauty. Exquisite, all natural wind and sand polish as it sat on the surface for centuries before being picked up by a happy rockhound some fifty or seventy years ago. Super glassy specimen round – as-found but for the one cut and matching polished faces. Note the shine in the image of the natural exterior, which emphasizes the glassiness of this specimen. Spend an enjoyable interlude peering into the depths with a microscope, witnessing a tiny world of great beauty with evidence of borers and fungi and an abstract art world comprising cellular remains and mineralization as translucent chalcedony and agate. Mesmerizing. Both sections together: 5 by 8 cm mirror-polished faces. 10 cm long; one pound and seven ounces. That’s a good head-bonking size. $175
Note: One might think from my website that amazing Grassy Mountain specimens are common. They are not. I have a nice set of top grade specimens because I’ve been actively and passionately pursuing great Grassy Mountain specimens since before it was called Grassy Mountain. Grassy Mountain wood is some of the most perfectly and colorfully preserved fossil wood the world has seen. It was always what the top Oregon collectors went after with the most gusto. One year I bought a full display case of an all Grassy Mountain old-time collection from the showroom floor at QIA in Quartzsite. I had to wait for the show to end to collect it. I know a collector from Oregon who drove all the way to Arizona just to look at a single Grassy limb for sale. It gets in your blood. The same goes for great HooDoo wood in my judgment. The locations are nearby – the woods have similar colors yet are distinctly different. HooDoo wood is more opaque.
FJD OR 107. Museum specimen – Tempskya fern. Huge – 17 1/2 pound –Tempskya from the Blue Mountains near Greenhorn, Oregon; Cretaceous. You do not see much Cretaceous fossil wood from Oregon. The state was under water during that time period. (Of course it wasn’t a state then – there weren’t people then). However, there was an island on which these ferns grew. Tempskya is found in Cretaceous deposits around the globe. I found some within 40 miles of my house. But hear this – The best quality fossil Tempskya BY FAR comes from the Blue Mountains of Oregon. The location was discovered many years ago (1940s or earlier) and cleaned out. I’ve heard rockhound rumors of a deceased rockhound in Baker City who had tons of this stuff buried and no one knows where – treasure hunt anyone? This is a large specimen that should be in the Smithsonian. It is a full round stump and mostly all natural as found with its elegant brain-like exterior, but for the domed face (20 by 12 cm) which is polished to a mirror shine offering a window into what seems like a million tiny roots, which is how Tempskya supported themselves. Attractive golden color. Pleasurable to the touch. About 18 cm tall by 20 cm fat; seventeen pounds and eleven ounces. $450
OR 72. Post Sycamore Museum Specimen. Eocene Clarno formation.
Cut and polished on one end. Note how prominent the sycamore rays are even on the natural end. Attractive, woody exterior. Beautifully preserved cellular display. No glue/No filler. 5 by 6 cm mirror-polished face; 62 mm long; nine ounces. $35