A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Polished Petrified Wood

Petrified Forest National Park

Gift shops around the area offer petrified wood for sale.  
Much of it has been cut and polished to really bring out the beauty on the rock.

Can't have too much petrified wood.

It took 10 hours to cut this slab with a wire saw.
A comparable piece of granite would take two and half hours.

The polishing involves days for flat slabs such as these.

Irregular surfaces like this must be done by hand with nine different grits of ever finer sanding.
Now we are talking days evolving into weeks of work.

The prices reflect the effort involved.
Those flat slabs above were in the four digit range of prices.

 For those with a limited budget these were under $50.

1 comment:

Shammickite said...

Beautiful! And very expensive. I hve a very small piece of petrified wood.... but it's not polished.