You don't get many petrified wood rounds from any forest with such a perfect shape as time and nature have a way of distorting these fossil treasures in most cases. I was fortunate to pick up a load of really nice Arizona petrified logs last year. I haven't historically had a lot of this colorful petrified wood to work with in the shop since decent Arizona logs are hard to come by from this forest this far north, but I do manage to stumble into a choice piece every now and then and this stunning specimen certainly is one of the prettiest larger sized rounds I've handled in recent years. The stone was pricey, but it had such dramatic colors in a nice displayable size that I couldn't pass it up! This log had a somewhat different color pattern than a lot of the other Arizona rainbow wood. This heel cut slab is a particularly dark and rich shade that would look amazing in any setting as a piece of natural art! This log produced some of the finest and visually captivating Arizona Rainbow specimens you'll find with truly remarkable natural color. It's the kind of specimens that explains how this wood earned its name! The log is very nicely agatized and took a magnificent polish to bring all of that amazing color to life as only the best grades of petrified wood can. The back and sides are rough and natural, just as it was found. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer). The deep red, orange, purple and yellow combine with the ancient wood grain to make a stunning display piece when it's polished to the amazing finish we can achieve in our rockshop! We don't offer it often - but when we do you know it's a great piece!!
I don't often get top grade examples of petrified wood from Arizona and what I do see is usually table top size and not very easy for a collector to display. This particular log is an exception to both rules. I didn't find it, but I sure wish I had! It's one of the better preserved medium sized petrified wood logs I've seen from that state and deserves a place in your collection as well. Most of the petrified logs found in this particular area are Araucaria, and the structure in this one is consistent with those. The cell structure of most of these super old conifer like trees are very difficult to separate just in cross section no matter how well defined they are and this one is no exception.
If you're new to our shop the one thing you should expect is to see an unexpectedly glossy finish on each stone we prepare. This complete round is a wonderful example of the best lapidary work you'll find. It's been cut with a diamond saw and flat lapped on equipment I built myself to produce a mirror perfect polish unmatched by any of our many would-be imitators. The detail captured and revealed through the highly polished surface is just immaculate. It's easily some of the best fossil wood to be found anywhere! The rings are gorgeous, the agate is highly polished and the detail is easier to see in person than the photo suggests. It's a truly special find and we won't likely have a lot more so get a piece for your collection while it's available!
This is a solid slab from the end of the log and measures about 14" x 12 1/4" across the polished face. It is rough and natural on the back and varies in thickness from about 0.6" to 1.9" thick. Weight is about 13.64 lbs.
A nice, unique natural wonder collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!
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