I suspected from the moment I saw this piece that it was not going to be the typical petrified oak found in the highly sought after Swartz Canyon specimens, but was bound to be one of the handful of other hardwoods sometimes found in that fossil forest. The medullary rays are visible to the naked eye, but sure enough, under magnification it is no a fossil Quercus but appears instead to be tanoak! This forest is famous for the typically dark chocolate and black cherry colored red and white oak trees (the more common forms of oak). But there were a few other exotics found there and this nice estate find was one of them. I didn't do the lapidary work on this piece but the polish is up to snuff for one of my offerings. This large and attractive petrified oak slab was part of the Jim Leicht collection. The slab is quite solid and nicely polished to a mirror finish. It's a very nice quality piece for Swartz Canyon with minimal fracturing and none of significance. The inclusions of white and even translucent gray/blue agate are all 100% natural and polish as beautifully as the dark chestnut colored wood does. Pieces of this caliber are pretty rare from this long closed site. A true rarity for fossil collectors!
NOTE: This specimen was acquired by Jim Leicht and became part of his amazing collection. The tags on the back were placed there by Jim and I've left them there for posterity and provenance.
This is a truly amazing, beautifully prepared petrified wood specimen that has been cut and prepared with skill. This slab was part of the Jim Leicht estate collection. Jim lived in the foothills of Mt. Hood in Oregon. During his long collecting career he amassed not one but two world class petrified wood collections. His first collection he sold and donated in the late 20th century to focus his passion on spheres. But even his sphere collection filled with petrified wood and his tastes and interests shifted again to the pursuit of world class petrified wood collector pieces. This piece comes from that second collecting effort which itself spanned more than 30 years. I had the good privilege of knowing Jim and we'd trade from time to time for pieces neither of us could live without. This slab is one of the few pieces from that collection to finally make it back into circulation for a new collector to cherish. Jim collected petrified wood from all over the world but, like many, was particularly fond of the gem grade wood found in the Pacific Northwest. I visited Jim's collection a few times over the years and always admired the breadth of his incredible specimens. He was "old school" and much preferred to keep track of other collectors and collections with frequent phone calls, which proved to be an invaluable source of tips and leads not just for him, but for everyone fortunate enough to be on his call list! Those of us who knew him will miss his friendly, passionate view of both the hobby and those who participate in it. The bulk of his collection remains in the hands of another private collector who has asked me to assist with offering a few duplicates to balance the collection.
This is a world class petrified wood round from the Swartz Canyon in Central Oregon. I've seen some beautiful oak rounds from this canyon over the years, but this is one of the most unique fossils I've encountered from this region. At first glance I thought this was a finely rayed oak round, but I quickly realized it wasn't. After I'd finished studying it under magnification I feel fairly comfortably saying the closest modern match is tanoak. It isn't a perfect match because this one also exhibits radial parenchyma lines between the finest rays and I cannot see those in my reference photos for tanoak. The rays are wide and what little there appears to be for annual rings are thin. There are semi-ring porous cells between the rays. Absolutely beautiful and unique both under magnification and to the naked eye!
This canyon has produced what are arguably some of the finest fossil oak trees ever found - rivaled only by Deschutes River Canyon and Stinking Water Creek oaks (also famed Oregon locations). These three deposits form the foundation of the best oak found anywhere on the planet! Each location produces other species though. I've found hickory from Deschutes, elm from Stinking Water and now this mystery fossil from Swartz Canyon! The incredible preservation of the wood grain details (right down to the cell structure) combined with the gorgeous high contrast agate colors make this an attractive fossil wood specimen from one of the most sought after locations on the planet! This exceptional specimen was obtained from an estate that collected these logs several decades ago. The colors are are classic Swartz. Like most of the Swartz oak petrified wood, this piece is very highly agatized! The high agate content means that this piece has polished up beautifully. It's just amazing how beautiful petrified wood can be and the fine gem fossil specimens found in this remote Central Oregon desert location are among the finest in the world.
This piece has good cell structure and wonderful eye appeal. The wood grain is very visible in this piece particularly the peculiar medullary rays. This is a nice, larger sized specimen which is not often encountered anymore (what few logs we see anymore are rarely complete rounds). Getting something this unusual and this beautiful for your own collection is a chance that should not be passed up.
This stone has been professionally cut and polished on a special lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on! We consistently offer meticulously prepared specimens with flawless finishes you'll be proud to show in your own collection.
This is a large petrified wood specimen. It measures about 12 1/4" x 10 3/4" wide. It's cut about 0.63" thick. Weight is 4.94 lbs.
This one is large enough we'll ship UPS ground or priority mail for international shipments.
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