This is one of our largest and certainly most Arizona Rainbow petrified wood slabs that we've cut and it would make one spectacular table top! This is a very unique color pattern for Arizona petrified wood. The colors are much more pastel than the more typical translucent shades shown in the typical logs found in this forest. This one is even more of a curiosity because the log appears to have been in the process of decaying with a hollow center that was filled over time not by river sediment but rahter pure silica from groundwater (the same thing that petrified the rest of the log). This allowed the fibrous wood structure of the decaying log to be suspended in place to produce a truly unique and beautiful petrified wood display unlike anything else I've ever seen from Arizona! The characteristic oranges and reds are there, but they are accented with the most beautiful violet shade I've ever seen in petrified wood! The color in this magnificent specimen simply has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated - it literally glows and it clearly shows where Arizona "rainbow" wood gets its fanciful name! The petrified log we cut to make this slab was pricey, but it had such dramatic color in a solid stone slab that is such a functional size that I couldn't pass it up! The log is very nicely agatized and this slab took a magnificent polish to bring all of that amazing color to life as only the best grades of petrified wood can. This looks to be an Araucaria (an ancient conifer). The colors combine with the ancient wood grain to make a stunning display piece whether used as a decoration or added to a table base to make a unique and beautiful end table!
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 thick slab from the center of the log and measures about 18 1/4" across the widest part of the face, and about 15 1/4" high. It is cut about 1" thick. Weight is 17.5 lbs.
A nice, unique natural wonder collectible exclusively from Sticks-in-Stones Lapidary!