Washington

WASH 24. Museum specimen from Yakima Canyon, WA. Columbia River Basalt Flows, Miocene. Thick full round slice from an old collection, but with a modern polish job. This is the way they used to cut them. Conifer with excellent cells. An old find from an old collection. Polished face measures 24 by 21 cm; 27 cm thick; six pounds.  $300

FJD WASH 10. Museum specimen Cypress Root from Saddle Mountain, WA. Columbia River Basalt Flows, Miocene. Cut and polished on one end and otherwise natural. Full round with a killer polished face and a gnarled, interesting exterior. Very hard and solid. It’s nice all around– super glassy and about perfect. Another dream under magnification. No filler – No glue. It has an old collector number on the back – number 1513 – that dude had a big collection. This is an old find from an old collection. Polished face measures 18 by 11 cm; up to about 9 cm thick; six pounds and one ounce. $300

FJD WASH 4. Saddle Mountain forked branch conifer museum Specimen. Columbia River Basalt Flows, Miocene. This came from the famous deposit at Saddle Mountain many years ago. No glue – no fillers. Polished face measures 11.5 by 7 cm; up to 11 cm long; two pounds and two ounces. $100

FJD WASH 7. Museum specimen Conjoined logs from Sunnyside, WA. Columbia River Basalt Flows, Miocene. It’ll take a few seconds to wrap your mind around this one from the images. It looks like a fossilized log jam. It appears to be two limbs, one of which is forked, are somehow conjoined at right angles. Probably this was from when they were growing. It’s all conifer, similar to cypress. Anyway, it’s super cool. I see no evidence of glue or filler. Solid and attractive mineralization all around. The dark gray area on the back of the largest log comprises botryoidal grape clusters. The four polished faces measure 7 by 9, 8.5 by 6.5, 4 by 5, and 4 by 3.5 cm; 13.5 cm long; five pounds and three ounces. $450

FJD WASH 8. Museum specimen Cypress from Saddle Mountain, WA. Columbia River Basalt Flows, Miocene. Full round limb section, cut and polished on both ends and polished on one. Super glassy and about perfect. Polished face measures 53 by 68 mm; 8 cm long; one pound and five ounces. $85

WASH 22. Saddle Mountain Cypress Root. Full round cypress root. Cut and polished on one end, natural on the other. No fillers – No glue. Attractive.  6 by 8.5 cm mirror-polished face; 7 cm tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $40

WASH 32. Saddle Mountain Area Museum Specimen. Full round cypress slice with a striking pattern. Solid and glassy. The golden portion that appears to poke in from one side is organic – something rootish – and it had the effect of preserving the cambium layers between it and the main trunk – this is a rare circumstance and quite interesting. Another world under magnification – mesmerizing. 12 by 17 mirror-polished face; 12 mm thick; one pound and one ounce.  $85

WASH 31. Saddle Mountain Cypress. Here’s another old school perfectly solid Saddle Mountain cypress slice, probably a root. 11 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 12 mm thick; seven ounces.  $25