MASSIVE 17" Strange and UNIQUE Hampton Butte Petrified Wood & Agate Cast Slab

Regular price $474.00

NOTE: This larger sized slab will ship UPS ground and cannot be shipped to a P.O. Box. The Etsy shipping calculator probably overestimates actual cost, and we will automatically refund any overage once shipped.

This is one of the most unique petrified wood formations I've come across in quite some time! It's one of the most unusual Hampton Butte logs we've ever seen in fact, and considering the variety that this site is famous for, that's really saying something! This is a cross section from a very large and complete fossil wood and agate cast combination that formed in Oregon's famous Hampton Butte petrified forest. There are telltale remnants of the original wood structure throughout the face and the larger, organized pores suggest hardwood to me but as is often the case with these casts, the structure is just obscure enough to keep you from seeing enough to be certain what species it is. It's actually very well silicified by Hampton standards and took a very nice polish. This slab is an ideal size for a small table top on an end table and is more than stout enough for that mission, but it also makes a unique piece of natural art and is of course a very unique petrified wood collectible. Looking closely at this one I see a honeycomb like region that is almost in the right spot and size to be a possible insect nest - but under extreme magnification it almost looks like it could be a mass of small roots. It's difficult to say but only adds to the mystery this amazing, extra-large piece wants to reveal to careful study! I cannot say for certain what this structure is but it certainly looks interesting and shows something happening within a void that formed in the original tree. I've included a microphoto to show part of this area. These pieces were buried shallow and formed casts as the wood decayed and minerals filled in the partially empty void left when the log slowly decayed after being buried in a volcanic blast millions of years ago! This is truly one of the more beautiful and fascinating specimens I've seen from this forest and it is more than big enough to make an incredible table top or wall art. We've polished this big slab to a mirror finish in our shop to produce a truly ancient and captivating collectible!

Arguably one of the most well-known and interesting petrified wood deposits in Oregon is the "Green Wood" deposit at Hampton Butte in Central Oregon. This wood is more jasperized than agatized and is often more of a cast than a wood replacement, though exceptions to both of these are certainly found. The logs are more often than not fractured, but the colors are unmatched anywhere else. The dominant color is green - REALLY GREEN! These are sometimes accented with white, yellow, red, orange and other classic jasper tones - but green is what it's all about if you're looking for a good Hampton Butte specimen. Not every piece will polish well, and they don't all look an awful lot like wood, but a good specimen is tough to beat and a must have for any serious petrified wood collection - or even if you just happen to love green!

We obtained this log as part of the estate from one of the single largest petrified wood operations that has ever existed in Oregon. We've combined the best of the equipment from that shop and dozens of tons of rough to our own shop in the last few months. We've been incredibly busy assembling what is now Oregon's largest petrified wood lapidary shop and we're having a great time cutting some truly amazing petrified wood! This great green round is one of the first fruits we're able to share from that acquisition. if you've ever drooled for a big green petrified wood cast with lots of nicely accenting agate pockets - this one simply can't be beat!

This round is kind of tough to get a good photo of, but the color is pretty true on my monitor. It's a very green stone with an amazing agate region. Most Hampton Butte casts don't show much wood grain and this one is no exception. It isn't something you find a lot in Hampton wood as the pieces tend to be more jasperized casts than wood replacements. It has a pretty high agate concentration and took a nice polish - something we work hard to produce on every stone we sell!

I don't see a lot of this wood for sale anymore, but it really is one of the more brilliantly colored specimens you'll find in our great state and something you will undoubtedly appreciate most when you see it in person.

This is a very large and very unusual fossil log cross section of petrified wood. No major fractures in this one either.

If you haven't seen our petrified wood specimens before then you've been missing one of the best treasures found on eBay! We work hard to find the best specimens from the most prized locations and then work with our magic to create a world class specimen for your collection. The piece is quite solid and meant to be handled. A quick squirt of Windex will remove fingerprints from the glassy polished surface.

It measures about 16 7/8" x 14 1/4" wide and is cut a little over 1" thick. Weight is about 18.04 lbs.

A nice, unique natural wonder collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!