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OR 54. Museum specimen Stinkingwater Oak. Classic Stinkingwater oak with the best Stinkingwater color combination – golden tan and black. Specimen round that encompasses a portion of the pith, shaped by millennia of erosion. Impeccable cell preservation. Top eye appeal. 38 by 23 cm mirror-polished face; 12 mm thick; four pounds. $325

OR 53. Museum specimen Rogers Mountain. Specimen round slice of probable sequoia or metasequoia predecessors. Includes interesting features: imbedded stem, fossilized borer (paleozoology), and sections with superb cell preservations. 10 by 17 cm mirror-polished face; 12 mm thick; fourteen ounces. $65

OR 15. Museum Quality South Fork but small. Full round in excellent condition with an especially interesting mineralization on the interior walls. Cut on both ends and polished on the top. Hollow. 62 by 31 mm mirror-polished face; 30 mm tall; three ounces.  $30

OR 11. SEVEN POUND Museum specimen from HooDoo Basin. Unidentified wood from HooDoo Basin—not even a real name, an elusive locality close to Grassy Mountain—which has been the source for some of the finest quality fossil wood to be encountered by mankind. Glassy to a stunning depth although at first, it appears opaque. This is a large full round log section that is cut on both sides and polished on one. The specimen has a hollow element that results in a hole at what was the pith of the tree. Surrounding the hole are growth rings and colors you see in this combination and hue only in HooDoo wood. Any vug you see is lined with botryoidal agate. One image shows the unpolished side – it’s the image with the largest hole, which runs all the way through. Beautiful silicified otherworldly wood that is flabbergasting under magnification. It’s a big, solid log made from glass.  22 by 13 cm mirror polished face and 8 cm thick; seven pounds and five ounces.  $225

OR 12. Museum specimen. South Fork of the Crooked River full round limb cast. Cut into two pieces with each side polished. Iris quality pink agate and nice wood impression. 45 by 38 mm mirror-polished face and 5 cm long; five ounces. $50 

FJD OR 66. Museum specimen.  Chocolate brown McDermitt – The Old Airport. The collecting area known as McDermitt is a large area with numerous sub-collecting sites that produce distinctly different fossil woods. This is one of the major types that came out in the 1950s and 1960s. No doubt some has come out since but only in small quantities and only after digging up to twenty feet down. The three main distinctive characteristics of this wood are the exterior with its ochre sandpaper rough exterior, its chocolate brown beautifully silicified interior, and finally the well preserved cell structure of a diffuse porous hardwood. No glue-no fillers. Nice growth rings. One end is natural and gnarly and appears to be where this branch broke away from the trunk, or something similar. 6 by 7 cm mirror-polished face; 46 cm long; nine pounds and twelve ounces.   $800

FJD OR 69. Museum specimen– Brogan ghost wood.   Super rare wood in top condition. The vast majority of the Brogan specimens I have seen are heavily fractured with little remaining cell structures. This is a rare beauty – it’s on the opal side of silicification yet took a beautiful polish. The ghostly remains of cellular structures hint at the tree it once was. It is cut longitudinally. Nice translucence and color. 57 by 38 mm mirror-polished face; 33 mm thick; five ounces.  $35

FJD OR 113. Museum specimen from the South Fork of the Crooked River, a beautifully hidden valley amid rolling hills and cliffs. This area, sometimes called Prineville or Paulina, produced a good volume of beautiful limb casts over the years, most were fractures but enough survived in near perfect condition and are some of the finest limb casts ever discovered. Rockhounds from all over the west made their annual pilgrimage to Oregon and Washington to hunt wood that was then plentiful. An estimated 100,000 out-of-staters rock hunted in Oregon very year in the 1960s. The best pieces have good external wood impression and minimal fractures. The colors range from gray through blue to pink. Bright pink is the rarest. This is a mostly pink with some blue with nice agate banding and a flawless face and excellent wood impression with some green permineralized wood that sank down at what was during formation the bottom of the limb. Nice cabinet size at 64 by 36mm mirror polished face and up to 55 mm long; ten ounces.  $60

FJD OR wood 18. Museum specimen from my collection. Grassy Mountain full round slice-like end cut of some striking yellow and gray Grassy Mountain wood.  5 by 5.5 cm mirror- polished face; up to 9 mm thick; 1.3 ounces.  $75

this end is cut and unpolished

FJD OR 121. Grassy Mountain. A nice example of why a specimen round can be more beautiful than a full round. The exterior was decided upon ages ago – since then it built an interior from silica and dissolving tree structures into a thing of captivating beauty. The depth of translucence within the blue center is remarkable.
Astounding hardwood cellular preservation. Cut on both ends and polished on the top. Super solid throughout. No glue or filler. 7 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 8 cm tall; one pound and six ounces. $600

FJD OR 122. McDermitt board-cut hardwood.
Cut longitudinally and on one end – the large face is polished. No glue or filler. 13 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 17 mm thick; six ounces. $55

FJD OR 123. Grassy Mountain Gem.
Small, jewelry grade limb section with fantastic translucent colorful mineralization. Keep in mind that the mineral is the same as amethyst – just in a far different and rarer beautiful color. No glue or filler. 16 by 22 mm mirror-polished face; 60 mm long; 1.5 ounces. $70