FJD OR 118. Grassy Mountain. Beautifully wind and sand polished on the surface for centuries before being picked up by a happy rockhound some fifty years ago. Super glassy specimen round – as-found but for the one polished face. I just spent an enjoyable five minutes peering into the depths with my microscope at an amazing tiny world of great beauty and evidence of borers and fungi and an abstract art world comprising cellular remains and mineralization as translucent chalcedony and agate. Mesmerizing. 5 by 8 cm mirror-polished face. 8 cm long; one pound and two ounces. $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 102. Hampton Butte Museum specimen. Cut and polished on both ends. Colorful, well-mineralized exterior and many agate inclusions within. Super glassy. Top tier-condition-wise and eye appeal-wise. No fillers/No glue. About perfect. 14 by 5.5 cm mirror-polished faces; 4 cm thick; one pound and twelve ounces. $250
FJD OR 104. Grassy Mountain Museum specimen. Full round slice with the full range of Grassy mountain colors – red, blue, gold, and green with a wide variety of beautifully preserved wood structures. 88 by 119 mm mirror-polished face; 6 mm thick; five ounces. $120
FJD OR 106. McDermitt Zimmerman Ranch Museum specimen. Full round hardwood limb – cut and polished on one end and natural on the other – that has an attractive red over tan Zimmerman patina. Beautiful cabinet specimen with great color, perfection, glassy wood structures. No filler/No glue. About perfect. 32 by 39 mm mirror-polished face; 113 mm long; thirteen ounces. $150
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. $650
FJD OR 111. Museum specimen– VERY LARGE LOG McDermitt Tertiary Hardwood. Trout Creek Formation/Miocene. Diffuse-porous hardwood with excellent cell preservation (possibly cherry/fruitwood but I’m not able to make the call without cutting it). Solidly preserved all around. Quite a bit of color for a McDermitt, especially in those unusual circles. Interesting design on the polished end. No filler and no glue. This excellent log must be one of the last remaining of its size and quality. It was dug in the 1950s. 8.5 by 10 cm mirror-polished face; 59 cm long [that’s almost two feet]; and it weighs TWENTY ONE POUNDS AND NINE OUNCES. $1850