This gorgeous, highly polished petrified wood round is a fabulous example of an ancient black ash tree fossil. One of the best McDermitt hardwoods I have in a less commonly seen species featured in an easy to collect and display size with some of the best natural beauty and high detail fossil quality that we've seen in years! If you've ever just admired the photos and wanted to see how much better they were in person, this piece could easily start you on an odyssey that you can't imagine until you take that first step! Examine this exquisite fossil under a hand lens and discover another dimension to the hobby of collecting fine petrified wood specimens! They just don't come any prettier folks!
This is a really beautiful specimen of the petrified wood found in a desolate sagebrush desert that spans over 100 square miles on the Oregon/Nevada border. It's a slice from a perfectly preserved hardwood, with absolutely gorgeous gem quality agate in warm, natural wood tones preserving this ancient fossil. The exterior is still ash white - colored by the ancient volcanic blast that buried this prehistoric forest. The inside, however, is a richly colored array of gem quality agate that preserved the wood grain beautifully in every detail! The cell structure from the growth rings in this attractive fossil specimen are amazingly well preserved, especially in the lighter colored regions. You can see confluent structures between the growth rings near the center that have the wavy appearance of elm, but under magnification I actually believe this one is a black ash. The rays and the cells in this excellent ring porous hardwood fossil are more consistent with my reference books black ash but locust is a very close second. The micro-photo above is supplied to both show how excellent the preservation is and to allow you the unique chance to examine the piece under a microscope to study for yourself! The specimens from this particular dig (airport site) are easily recognized by the richer than average color spectrum and the nicely contrasting rind (even by other McDermitt dig standards). what is unusual in this one is the white agate veins in the center. This is 100%25 natural and not often seen in the McDermitt site - it's very pretty and accents the natural wood colors beautifully.This excellent round comes from one of Oregon's premier petrified wood deposits known to collectors the world over. If you don't have a specimen from this area, this would be a dandy to get you acquainted!! It's cut from the center of a nicely shaped log that allows you to see the medullary rays and other cell features with your naked eye (although it takes good eye sight to see fibers that small). This specimen has been carefully polished to show off all the gemmy detail inside. It took a beautiful polish and has just a few hints of red in some of the cells (probably from the nearby cinnabar deposits)! It's another one of those beautiful fossil treasures that some happy Sticks-in-Stones customer is going to flip over! This virtually perfect, larger sized petrified wood round measures 9 5/8" across the widest part of the face and is cut at a very slight taper that varies from about 0.47" to 0.62" thick. Weight is 2.58 lbs. Display stand shown is sold separately. A nice, unique naturally wonderful stone collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary.