Washington

FJD WASH 11. Saddle Mountain or vicinity. Through a dealer friend, I picked up three nice logs from an old (circa 1950s and 1960s) collection in Oregon this summer. Each log is of interest – this is the only one without evident glue or fractures. The mineralization is excellent – glassy and attractive with well-preserved conifer (likely cypress) cell structures. Full round log with one natural end and one that is cut and polished. 12 cm long; 7 by 11 cm polished face; three pounds and nine ounces. $100

WASH 34. Saddle Mountain or vicinity. Through a dealer friend, I picked up three nice logs from an old (circa 1950s and 1960s) collection in Oregon this summer. Each log is of interest – This is a full round long log section, cut and dome polished on one end. It’s the perfect size to use as a bludgeon. Full round log with one natural end and one that is cut and polished. Full disclosure: the wood is highly opalized. Back in those days, a guy with a jeep could cruise around those hills and pick up load of petrified from the surface. The surface wood was often highly opalized, as is this specimen. It appears to have been completely broken in two and glued together. The exterior has much glue from what I expect was a novice rockhound. Good quality glue was a difficult or impossible item to find in those days – the glue used here was too runny and it ran all over. Also obvious are remnants of a green Sharpie writing: #1 C that has been sanded along with additional areas of the exterior in an apparent attempt to remove some of the glue. Otherwise, it’s pretty darn nice. Index under Rockhound history. 22 cm long; 6 by 6 cm dome-polished face; three pounds and eight ounces. $85

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

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 35. Saddle Mountain or vicinity. Through a dealer friend, I picked up three nice logs from an old (circa 1950s and 1960s) collection in Oregon this summer. Each log is of interest –This one breaks my heart in a way and is also pretty awesome. It’s like life.
Full round long log section, cut and dome polished on both ends. The mineralization is opalized at the exterior but well-silicified internally. Each end is lovely and beautifully polished with a final polish by me.
It appears to have been completely broken in two and glued together. The exterior has much glue from what I expect was a novice rockhound. Good quality glue was a difficult or impossible item to find in those days – the glue used here was too runny and it ran all over. Also obvious are remnants of a green Sharpie writing: #1 D that has been sanded along with additional areas of the exterior in an apparent attempt to remove some of the glue. That said it’s a great piece in a nice size. The ends are both super nice and the coniferous (cypress) cells are astoundingly perfect. It’s conflicted. 19 cm long; 5 by 5 cm dome-polished faces; two pounds and seven ounces. $150