This is one of the most "woody" petrified wood slabs I've cut yet from our imported fossil logs from Madagascar. This stone still looks like wood both in terms of color and the very visible growth structure of the ancient conifer it started out as. Look closely now and you'll see veins of crystal and agate amongst the gem replaced wood that only begin to hint at the 200 million years that have passed since this tree grew! There is a porous area near the top that appears to be the result of decay that had begun in the fallen log before it was buried and petrified. This slab would make an exceptional piece of natural art all by itself, or pair it with a table base for a uniquely beautiful end table! Much of the fine detail in a larger piece like this is lost in the photo - the wood grain structure, color, and crystal cavity inclusions are truly breathtaking when viewed in person. This log was one that I hand selected on my trip to Madagascar a couple of years ago, and I'm glad it found it's way around the globe to find me again. The pieces are turning out even better than I'd hoped - these are true museum pieces and you just can't beat the price for a well polished, flawless slab this size! The rich color and mirror perfect finish in this exceptionally preserved specimen are going to have to be seen to be believed! This would make a great end table top, and I have the mirror image mate cut for it available as well!
One of the largest and most productive petrified forests on the planet is on the huge island of Madagascar off the southern African coast. While many have seen the bland and lifeless specimens that are most typically found in this huge deposit, few have had the opportunity to see the top grade, colorful gem fossils that are occasionally unearthed there. Fewer still get to see them properly prepared with a mirror finish to reveal all of the rich fossil wood grain and color! Even the rind on this log is amazing, offering up a perfectly contrasting sandy texture that still looks like a log today. Last year we located a new source of logs that have produced some truly museum grade specimens and this stunning monster is definitely one of them! The material was so good in fact that I travelled halfway around the world to be able to select the best pieces this particular forest had to offer! The color alone makes it a collector piece - but add in all the other features in this nearly flawless specimen and you can see why I was so excited to have found the log! They truly do not get much better than this folks, no matter what forest you're looking at!
It's just amazing how beautiful petrified wood can be and this fine specimen found halfway around the world shows to what lengths people will go to bring these treasures to market! If you don't own a top grade piece from this increasingly important deposit yet in your own collection, this is your chance.
This is a complete round cut from the center of a nice sized log. It shows the distinct (and uncommon to see so well in logs from this location) honeycomb grain structure of modern conifers (no resin canals visible) which makes it related to modern fir and sequoia (it's probably Araucaria). This stone has been professionally polished on our own custom built lap that produces a flat face and a mirror perfect shine. It is a full slab cut from the center of the log. The polish really is liquid perfect - a difference in the quality products Sticks-in-Stones has built its reputation on!
It's also a nice to display size - it measures about 16 3/4" x 13 1/4" across the mirror polished face. It's cut at a very slight taper that goes from 0.6" to 0.8" thick. Weight is about 10.80 lbs. Stands sold separately.
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