fossil wood specimens: Oregon 1
museum quality specimens
fossil wood specimens: Oregon 1

FJD OR 78. Museum Elm specimen from HooDoo Basin. HooDoo Basin, not even a real name, is an elusive locality close to Grassy Mountain, and has been the source for some of the finest quality fossil wood to be encountered by mankind. Glassy to a stunning depth considering that it at first appears opaque. This is a full round log section, cut on both ends and polished on the top. It’s a nice size for a cabinet specimen – about the size of a can of soup. It offers a gemmy blend of growth rings and tree structures made from glass in gold and red and green/blue. Unbelievable wood quality if gem grade is your goal. Stunning under magnification with obvious cell structures (elm or hackberry). No glue or fillers. It is depicted in Ancient Forests on page 224. Nice cabinet size at 8 by 9 cm mirror polished face 10.5 cm tall; three pounds and one ounce.  $900

FJD OR 79. Museum specimen from Zimmerman Ranch, McDermitt. This is a full round log section, cut and polished on one end and natural on the other end. It may be the best McDermitt piece I have owned. A rare beauty from any perspective –the polished face is deeply translucent and reveals many growth rings – more than you’d expect – this was a slow-growing wood – probably a conifer.  The exterior is the most special feature of this museum specimen – solid and glassy with fantastic coloring. No glue or fillers.  6 by 7 cm mirror polished face 19 cm long; four pounds and three ounces.  $1200


OR 292. Museum specimen from Grassy Mountain. Every wood collector should know that much of the finest fossil wood from the Northwestern US is from Grassy Mountain. It is some of the finest fossil wood in the world and large full rounds like this are rare. It has the classic colors of blue, gold, and red in addition to distinctive, glassy diffuse porous hardwood cell structure. The void in the center is lined with tiny quartz crystals. 17.5 by 15 cm mirror-polished face; 13 mm thick; one pound and fifteen ounces.  $200

FJD OR 107. Museum specimen – Tempskya fern.  Huge – 17 1/2 pound -Tempskya from the Blue Mountains near Greenhorn, Oregon; Cretaceous. You do not see much Cretaceous fossil wood from Oregon. The state was under water during that time period. (Of course it wasn’t a state then – there weren’t people then). However, there was an island on which these ferns grew. Tempskya is found in Cretaceous deposits around the globe. I found some within 40 miles of my house. But hear this – The best quality fossil Tempskya BY FAR comes from the Blue Mountains of Oregon. The location was discovered many years ago (1940s or earlier) and cleaned out. I’ve heard rockhound rumors of a deceased rockhound in Baker City who had tons of this stuff buried and no one knows where – treasure hunt anyone? This is a large specimen that should be in the Smithsonian. It is a full round stump and mostly all natural as found with its elegant brain-like exterior, but for the domed face (20 by 12 cm) which is polished to a mirror shine offering a window into what seems like a million tiny roots, which is how Tempskya supported themselves. Attractive golden color. Pleasurable to the touch. About 18 cm tall by 20 cm fat; seventeen pounds and eleven ounces.  $850

OR 416. HooDoo Basin Museum Piece. Elm or Hackberry. Great cabinet sized HooDoo with one end a full round of wonderful HooDoo colors and patterns with elm-like structures. The branch split at some point in its history leaving about two thirds of a full round at the natural end. 65 by 38 mm mirror-polished face; 118 mm long; fifteen ounces.  $70