January 8, 2009

bog agate with cat tail fossils

Bog Agate with Cat Tail Fossils

This agate is from Wagontown which is located between Silver City, Idaho and Jordan Valley, Oregon.

bog agate with cat tail fossils

Bog Agate with Cat Tail Fossils

The fossils contained in this agate are cat tails. I have been told that some of the fossils are worms but I think they may be just cat tails turned on end.

coprolite - petrified dino poop

Coprolite – Petrified Dino Poop

This is half of a large chunk of coprolite that was given to me. The very rich coloring and hardness of this material makes it excellent for cabbing. This material was found in Utah.

hampton butte petrified wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

Hampton Butte is known for green petrified wood. This piece has some vugs in it that would cause problems when slabbing or cabbing it. However, it is an excellent specimen.

hampton butte petrified wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

This is the back of the same piece of petrified wood shown above.

hampton butte petrified wood

Hampton Butte Petrified Wood

This is the top view of the piece of petrified wood shown above.

horn coral and unknown fossil

Red Horn Coral Fossil and an Unknown Green Fossil

I have seen some wonderful cabs made with Horn Coral Fossils. I have domed this piece and display it as a specimen.I don’t know what the green fossil is. Do you? If you do know what this is please leave a comment.

mcbride creek petrified wood

McBride Creek Petrified Wood

My wife found this piece at McBride Creek which is located in the Owyhee Mountains on the Idaho-Oregon Border. This material would make nice cabs but I like the swirling knotty pattern so much that I am keeping it as a specimen.

nautiloid fossils

Nautiloid Fossils

I purchased these fossils in a local shop. The shop owner told me that they came from Morocco. Nautiloids have been around for 470 million years going back to the Paleozoic Era. They are part of the animal group called Cephalopods which includes modern coleoids such as octopus and squid.

petoskey stones - coral fossils

Petoskey Stones

Petoskey stones are petrified coral. The stones were formed by glaciation. Ice broke the stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in Michigan’s lower peninsula. The two smaller stones have been polished. The others are in their rough state.

reynolds creek petrified wood

Reynolds Creek Petrified Wood

This is a piece of tumbled Reynolds Creek Petrified wood. This material often is covered with a think bark or crust and does not show the nice agate until it is worked.

reynolds creek petrified wood

This is the under side of the piece shown above.

reynolds creek petrified wood

This piece of Reynolds creek petrified wood is in it’s rough state. The condition of this piece is better than the above piece started out as.

rome oregon petrified wood

Rome Petrified Wood

This piece is from the Rome, Oregon area. When I first found it I was not sure if it was wood or bone. Recently a fried pointed out that it looks like it may have burnt before it was petrified.

stinking water petrified wood

Stinking Water Petrified Wood

My wife’s uncle gave me this piece of Stinking Water petrified wood. He told me that his step father had collected this years ago.

natural texture or fossil

Unknown Texture or Fossil

If I remember right, this piece was found on a trip to Hog Creek, Idaho. It has a very different texture made up of many tiny lines projecting outward. It looks like it might be some kind of casting. Have you seen this type of material before?

unknown petrified wood

Unknown Petrified Wood

This piece was part of a collection I purchased about a year ago. I am not sure where it came from. It is made of an opalite material and looks to be solid. Hopefully I will get some slabs out of it.

unknown petrified bone

Unknown Petrified Bone

I found this piece in a friends rock pile. It came from a collection he purchased in Utah. I will be cutting and polishing the end of it soon.

unknown petrified bone

Unknown Bone or Limb Cast

I purchase this piece in a silent auction at a gem show. I first thought that it was a piece of bone but other rock hounds kept telling me it was a limb cast. My friend Jason Estes of is in agreement that it is bone. What do you think?

unknown petrified wood or agate

Unknown Petrified Wood or Agate

I purchase this piece in a silent auction at another gem show. I think it is petrified wood. Whatever it is, it does take a very nice polish.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

John Howell January 26, 2009 at 11:01 pm

May I add, You are showing some very good Stones keep up the good Work

Anna March 29, 2009 at 4:21 am

Hello. Great job. I did not expect this on a Wednesday. This is a great story. Thanks!

Donald Kasper July 15, 2009 at 2:50 am

Hard to tell from photos, but the first two look like bog and/or palm root.

max-.19889 March 2, 2019 at 5:36 am

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