Tuesday, December 13, 2011

terrified wood

This past week has been so full of deliveries..this morning I got my petrified wood stump!
Petrified wood is wood that has been buried under sediment and deprived of oxygen for so long that it has become stone. It has the hardness of quartz and sometimes you can see fossilized remains of insects in there that lived millions of years ago. While there are petrified forests in California and Mississippi and Arizona, I believe that it is illegal to pull the stone out of those. The ones I sell in my store are from the island of Java, and weigh between 400 and 800 lbs! The moving guys always call in sick when we need one moved.
Most people use them in interiors as side tables. But since they can be in the rain and are virtually indestructible, I would like to see one in a large shower, or set around a firepit outside as seating. I just plopped mine at the end of my bed for now, but when I find a good match for it, they will be on either end of my sofa in the next apartment I move to.
Do you like petrified wood?

My petrified wood stump - it's gorgeous!


Lily said...

I LOVE petrified wood ! Yours is gorgeous !


Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I dig it and I LOVE the idea of one in the shower. I'm saving that one to the memory vault.

heather (love your space) said...

Gorgeous. I admire the way you are slowly but surely collecting investment pieces--much more patient than me!

Erika [small shop] said...

I had no idea they were so heavy! Clearly I like to just look at them.

Love the subtleties in hue in yours!

Rebecca June said...

Are there any words? Gorgeous!


Rebecca June

Boo Hazard said...

Love it! We had one at the shop and it was SOOOO HEAVY!! The colors in them are beautiful though...

Lonely Wife Project said...

Dude, I want a wood stump.

Elizabeth said...

I TOTALLY need one in my shower! Brilliant idea! send me one of 'em.