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FJD OR 119. Grassy Mountain. Here’s a full round log with everything going for it: great cabinet size – size and shape of a soup can – rugged red/tan patina on full exterior – several knots – beautifully mineralized – solid and mesmerizing with alluring colors and structures. Cut and polished on both ends. Larger face is 6.5 by 8.5 cm and smaller face measures 6 by 6.5 cm; 7.5 cm tall; two pounds and two ounces. $700

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.  $175

FJD OR 64. Museum specimen.  Elm from HooDoo Basin, not even a real name, an elusive locality close to Grassy Mountain, has been the source for some of the finest quality fossil wood to be encountered by mankind. Glassy to a stunning depth considering that it at first appears opaque. This is a fairly large full round log section that is all natural on one end and cut and polished on the other. The specimen has a hollow element that results in a hole like in a bagel. Surrounding the hole are beautiful growth rings and colors you see in this combination and hue only in HooDoo wood. All around the polished face are no fractures. Beautiful silicified otherworldly wood with the hardwood structure of elm.  Nice cabinet size at 58 by 88 cm mirror polished face and 107 mm long; one pound and twelve ounces.  $280 

FJD OR 110. Grassy Mountain Museum Piece. WOW! Killer specimen round of some of the glassiest wood on the planet – from Grassy Mountain, Oregon. The wood is a hardwood (probably elm or hackberry.) It is amazing how beautiful and how different the two ends are even though they are just 47 mm apart. The red/orange portion is also fossil wood but very differently silicified (all portions are fully silicified). AMAZING under magnification – I could fill a book with fabulous micro-images from this specimen. 6.5 by 9 cm mirror-polished faces; 47 mm thick; one pound and ten ounces.  $825

FJD OR 77. Museum specimen from my collection – Brogan ghost wood.  Improbably rare full round limb section in top condition. Polished on both ends because both are about perfect. The vast majority of the Brogan specimens I have seen are heavily fractured with little remaining cell structures. This is a rare beauty with abundant character and allure. Lovely translucence and color. It tells the Brogan ghost wood story, which, as one theory goes, is young in age and in the opal stage on the way to chalcedony and the world of agate, and all it needed was a few million for years and a source of siliceous acid to be full grown. This is a full round limb section that’s polished on both ends. Each end includes the pith. 75 by 44 and 77 by 42 mm mirror-polished faces; 72 mm long; one pound and one ounce.  $175  

OR 55. Museum specimen Grassy Mountain. Full round Grassy with the full color panoply for the location. The areas of deepest translucent display a delightful range of pastel colors. Top eye appeal. Enchanting in its depths. 13 by 20 cm mirror-polished face; 13 mm thick; one pound and nine ounces.  $175

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OR 56. Museum specimen Swartz Canyon elm. Full round Swartz elm with a nice bull’s-eye of growth rings and clearly defined cell structures. It’s natural all around here not polished. The information from the polished face is interesting. It has a large borer hole that seems to have been settled by fungi before all the sky came down. The amber color along one side appears to have well preserved actual bark cells, which is rarely preserved. The natural end has the usual ivory caliche for Swartz. The face is not as fractured as it seems. No glue or filler, and most of what may appear to be fractures in the images are not fractures at all pursuant to rockhound rule #50: “A naturally re-sealed fracture is not a fracture, rather it’s geologic evidence of a previous fracture.” 6 by 8 cm mirror-polished face; 3.5 cm thick; ten ounces. $60

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