This is a very nice display piece that I really struggled to get decent photos of. It's a much nicer (and a bit darker) piece than I think the photos managed to capture. It's a truly gorgeous, very solid, free standing petrified wood sculpture we've crafted from a gem grade fossil conifer that was dug near Mt. Adams in the state of Washington. The strucutre and tight growth rings most closely resemble sequoia in my reference books. This wood came to us as part of the Beck collection and it is the first time I've ever had the pleasure of cutting stone from this site. I was blown away by the gemmy herring bone wood grain revealed in the rip cut face of this very agatized wood. I love it so much that I kept cutting and kept polishing until I'd revealed two different views into the beautiful wood grain of this ancient conifer. I really like the way this one turned out - it's quite dramatic and the polish this wood achieves simply has to be seen to be believed. It's very gemmy and glass like but the wood growth structure is so visible you would still think it was a tree!! The picture doesn't do this one justice so I'm confident you're in for a very pleasant surprise when you open this package. We polished the vertical display face to a truly mirror perfect finish. The sides and back were left rough and natural, just as the stone was found. The wood color is rich and beautiful and the stone exhibits a very glossy polish coaxed from the cut face to reveal all of the color and growth features from this ancient gem fossil. This is a conifer, likely an ancient sequoia. It stands as shown in the photo, ready for your desk or mantle.
Here's a nice petrified wood standup specimen from our neighboring state, Washington. Washington has a few nice petrified wood deposits, but the most productive is undoubtedly the Saddle Mtn. dig site. The Saddle Mtn. wood is sort of a cross between what you'll find on the McDonald Ranch and McDermitt here in Oregon. The wood grain is typically very well preserved in a combination of gold, white, coffee and cream colors, like the McDermitt wood, but it's got a really high agate content like the Saddle Mtn. wood does. The agate content makes it ideal for us to achieve our signature polish on, and this piece really shined up beautifully. The rings are really well preserved in this one and under magnification you can see clearly it is a conifer without resin canals.