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 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. $550