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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 37. Museum specimen. Astounding pink limb cast from the South Fork of the Crooked River, Crook County, Oregon. John Day Formation/Oligocene. The pink has an unusual tone of blue which adds to the intensity of the color. The mineralization is incredible with a crystal lined center surrounded by thick banded pink-blue agate. It is a full round, cut on one end and natural on the other. At what was the primordial lower side resides a pocket of green permineralized wood. Although a limb cast, wood fibers sank to the bottom as the rest of the wood was replaced by agate. This one is incredible from all aspects – the gem quality of the mineralization, the lovely smooth exterior, the smooth natural end, the depth and intensity of the color.  It has it all. I have seen many Crooked River limb cast specimens, but only one this great.  It is a perfect as they get. It came from the collection of an old-time Oregon rockhound and rock dealer. It appears in Ancient Forests on pages 219 and 220. It is 16 cm long; the mirror-polished face is 11 by 10.5 cm; weight is five pounds and two ounces. It’s a piece that could be from nowhere else. The South Fork of the Crooked River is a location with unique fossil wood. It will be immediately recognized as a South Fork piece by any knowledgeable fossil wood enthusiast.  $4500

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 55. Museum specimen.  Large diffuse porous hardwood from Malheur County, Oregon, near Grassy Mountain. Tertiary. This is a beautiful full round log is a rare state of preservation. It is cut and polished on both ends. It is amazingly solid and problem free— no glue and no fillers—and it has great colors with translucence in the center. It is astounding under magnification with beautiful cell structures. It has it all. It was prominently displayed in my study up to this afternoon with my other best medium sized logs. It as the Wow factor. 11 cm long (or tall – it stands well); 11.5 by 7 cm mirror-polished faces; three pounds and eleven ounces.  $525

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 78. Museum Elm specimen from HooDoo Basin. HooDoo Basin, not even a real name, is an elusive locality close to Grassy Mountain, and 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 full round log section, cut on both ends and polished on the top. It’s a nice size for a cabinet specimen – about the size of a can of soup. It offers a gemmy blend of growth rings and tree structures made from glass in gold and red and green/blue. Unbelievable wood quality if gem grade is your goal. Stunning under magnification with obvious cell structures (elm or hackberry).No glue or fillers. It is depicted in Ancient Forests on page 224. Nice cabinet size at 8 by 9 cm mirror polished face 10.5 cm tall; three pounds and one ounce.  $900

FJD OR 79. Museum specimen from Zimmerman Ranch, McDermitt. This is a full round log section, cut and polished on one end and natural on the other end. It may be the best McDermitt piece I have owned. A rare beauty from any perspective –the polished face is deeply translucent and reveals many growth rings – more than you’d expect – this was a slow-growing wood – probably a conifer.  The exterior is the most special feature of this museum specimen – solid and glassy with fantastic coloring. No glue or fillers.  6 by 7 cm mirror polished face 19 cm long; four pounds and three ounces.  $1200

FJD OR 84. Museum specimen– Sweet Home Hardwood with Unbelievable Perfection.  I’ve had this for a quarter of a century. Everything about it is perfect. It’s a full round log with one natural end and one cut and polished end. It is essentially flawless, inside and out. The hardwood cell and growth ring preservation is exceptional. The design and colors on the polished face are out-of-this-world. The perfect exterior looks as if it were sculpted by a Florentine master. The mineralization is perfect, fine-grained like fine bone China. You can look at a lot of Sweet Home wood and never see one with such astounding mineralization. The polished end can be seen on page 96 of Petrified Wood. 6.5 by 8 cm mirror-polished face; 15 cm long; and weighs three pounds and ten ounces.  $1500

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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