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FJD OR 171. McDermitt.  Full round hardwood slice. Attractive dark coffee brown rimmed in tan. 10.5 by 9 cm face; 1 cm thick; seven ounces.   $75

FJD OR 172. Sweet Home.  Full round hardwood (looks like diffuse porous but preservation is not great) limb section, cut and polished on one end. Attractive, solid, and hard to find as such a perfect little stump.  4.5 by 5 cm face; 5 cm tall; seven ounces.   $125

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 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

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