Oregon, page 1

OR 68. 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 7.5 cm mirror-polished polished face; 7 mm thick; two ounces.  $50

FJD OR 155. Sweet Home Museum Specimen. Nice cabinet-size and remarkably perfect full round limb section. Cut and polished on one end, otherwise as found. Mineralization is solid and attractive with a clear display of tight growth rings. Cell preservation is indistinct but enough to see the rays and hardwood structures in places. Together, the size, the pleasing cylindrical shape, the perfection, the allure of the woody exterior, and the pleasant polished surface evidence a rare specimen with top eye appeal. Hardwood with prominent rays. No glue/No filler. 5.5 by 6 cm polished face; 7 cm tall; one pound. $135

natural end

FJD OR 151. HooDoo Basin Museum Specimen. Succor Creek formation; Miocene; HooDoo Basin, Malheur County, OR. Full round log end in remarkably perfect condition. Polished end is a window into near perfect glassy wonder replete with twisted and swirling bits of cell structures. Mind-boggling under magnification. Glassy with nice depth. No glues or fillers. 12.5 by 7 cm mirror-polished face; 7 cm thick; two pounds and three ounces. $350

FJD OR 54. Museum specimen.  Elm from Eastern Oregon (possibly nearby Nevada or Idaho – the three states meet at one point). It looks a lot like a McDermitt specimen and is most likely from the same general vicinity. It has abundant character and eye appeal. It’s a surface collected old time piece, collected many decades ago.  As you can see, the elements had a few thousand years to carve it into an aesthetically pleasing sculpture with a nice patina. The cell structures are well preserved in places, enough for me to call is a probable elm or hackberry. There is actually enough cell structure that I can identify it from the uncut end. It is natural on one end. 14 cm long; 12 cm across the face; five pounds and three ounces.  $125

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