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how much is a petrified tree worth

Posted by vrocky  
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 19, 2011 10:32PM
I can understand how mineral people will make fun of "other" fields of collection. I find micromounts just to funny for words! However there are quite a few petrified wood collectors out there. The prices being quoted in the posts above are for Arizona material for lapidary use. I have purchased Arizona material for from $0.50 per pound to several hundred dollars for a small piece. In May of last year I was offered $2,000 for a 6 inch long piece of Chrome Green Wood from Arizona and turned it down as I could not replace it for that price. I have also seen wood that you should leave it where it is. It is not worth carrying home. I agree with the points being made that unless we have something to go on we can't give good information. The original poster could help us out with location information, pictures etc. Then we could give good information and not BS around the topic. Today a high color slab material for display about 1/2 inch thick and up to 8-12 inches across can bring up wards of $250 polished. See attached Photos for some collector pieces that are all currently above that price. This one I payed over $100 for in the 1960. Today they are almost impossible to obtain and the price has gone up in like measure.

Danny Jones
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 19, 2011 11:17PM
Good one Paul, I will try that next timesmiling smiley
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 19, 2011 11:28PM
I once had a guy call me asking if i wanted to buy a heap of Smoky Quartz crystals, he wouldn't tell me who he was or where he lived,
except that he wanted me to say how much i would pay him for the crystals over the phone, sight unseen....

Paul iwish i'd thought of that, "hold it up to the phone so that i can look at it."
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 19, 2011 11:59PM
Whole petrified logs are commonly found in the Eocene formations of Texas, but other than their large size and shape, their value is mainly as yard decorations, so price per pound is rather low. The one exception is stumps and logs of palm wood, which can make collectors and cutters salivate extensively. These logs, when properly slabbed and polished, are worth thousands of dollars for the slabs. Large logs of petrified wood are often found in Nevada, and after stabilization with glue, make colorful and highly valued slabs. So value depends mostly on whether the material is of cutting quality. Worth is dependent on how many slabs can be taken from a log, what sizes, and color and polish.
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May 20, 2011 03:34AM
There used to be a large log at the office of the uranium processing plant in south Texas. About four feet tall or so, and six
to eight feet long. The head honchos finally decided it needed to be put down in one of the mines, since it was radioactive. ( I can't say how radioactive it was). Not really cutting material, but it was still pretty interesting.

Here is some shrinkwood from my dad's ranch in south Texas. My friend who cut these slabs sells all that he can get.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/20/2011 03:41AM by Dr. Paul Bordovsky.
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 20, 2011 04:13AM
On the theory that petrified wood was a mineral too, (usually quartz investing wood), I had once joined the Society of Paleologgers. This group does identify the wood species when they can. You need a petrified wood that is fairly well-preserved and still retains the cellular wood structure. You identify petrified wood the same way you identify the species of non-petrified wood. It is best to have an X-Y-Z cross section, and then go about identifying the wood species. It is not something that one learns casually, and involves some in depth study of wood structures. One of the best books is the Textbook of Wood Technology, by Brown, Panshin, and Forsaith. There are also a few books on fossil plants.

Your best bet in trying to get these woods identified would be to contact one of these paleontology societies, such as the Paleologgers.

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May 21, 2011 12:45AM
We bought a five and a half foot tree from Madagascar, it is 900 pounds heavy, We also bought one that is 1200 pounds heavy. I think we paid about 800 dollars for the small one and 1,000 for the other. It was at the end of the Main show and the vendor, outside and down the street, didn't really want to haul them back home. So we got them, and a table top, for a really good deal. Hope that helps?

Gail Patricia Copus Spann
angela stefko
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
August 05, 2012 09:37PM
i was just wondering how much this piece of petrified wood can go for.
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Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
August 05, 2012 09:46PM

This thread is now 2 pages long. The many posts present discuss the factors which determine the potential value of a piece of petrified wood. Despite this, you posted a photo of a rather bland looking, whitish piece of presumed petrified wood without mentioning a size, the weight, where it is from, or any characteristic which might enable someone to hazard a guess of its value. The data you presented are simply not sufficient for anyone to make a good estimate of its value. If you know more about it, please make another post with those data and then let's see if someone can assist you.
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
August 06, 2012 03:16AM
Perhaps a dollar or two a pound. If the interior of the wood will cut and polish out a particularly beautiful pattern or display well preserved growth rings or have very pretty colors, it could be worth many times that amount.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
August 06, 2012 04:20AM
I collect and prepare fossil woods myself and these two books have proved useful in identity.
Ancient Forests: A Closer Look at Fossil Wood by Frank Daniels
Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads by Frank Daniels

Oh ya, and they have lots of pretty pictures too!

All knowledge is vain, except where there be work
All work is empty except where there be love
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 21, 2014 12:01AM
I have a peice that weights about 200lbs. I found it in east texas in an area that is being dug out every day for sandy red clay like material.I no nothing about peices this big or what kind of wood it is. It has what looks like sap threw it. It is blonde and clay red in places.
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 21, 2014 07:30PM

it would help a lot if you could post several clear photo's of it winking smiley
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 21, 2014 11:40PM
Ann , You continue to ask one of the most recurrent and silliest questions on this website. Show us one or, better yet, several decent quality pictures and we may be able to help you.

I have an old black car in my garage……….what is it worth?? Rather silly right? CHEERS…….BOB
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 22, 2014 01:43AM
First of all, are you sure it is petrified wood? If so the value of it depends ultimately on several factors. To be of much value a lot depends on how faithfully its original growth features have been preserved, how complete and free from fractures it is, and how colorful and pretty the petrified wood will be once it has been cut and polished. If complete relatively undamaged round sections can be cut from it and the original growth features can be easily seen and if they have a pleasing color, then the log you found might be worth some thousands of dollars. But you would have to have a section of the log cut off and polished to be able to estimate its value. Container loads of petrified wood have been imported into the USA and is sold cheaply. In such cases I think that most of the value of these petrified logs and sections of poor quality is in their cutting and polishing and transportation to market. They only have value as interesting items to use for outdoor decoration of gardens and lawns.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 24, 2014 09:45PM
winking smiley

How these fossil trees keep people bussy!
I wonder what this tree will do million years from now?
How strange and bisar nature can be!

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Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
December 26, 2014 02:52AM
During the uranium boom in the 1950's logs replaced by carnotite where worth a lot of money.
Clinton T.
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
June 09, 2015 05:47AM
Hey Bob,

Not everyone is an expert in geology but it is great to have some "new blood" interested in collecting and/or sales. And the only way people can learn is by asking questions. Unfortunately, there are always a few bitter people out there that just have to be a smart ass to new comers. Maybe it's an ego thing or maybe it's to compensate for some other "short" comings in your life - don't know & don't care. But if you don't want to give positive responses to real questions asked by someone that just wants to learn then why are you on here? Take a break and come back with a better attitude. Thank goodness the rest of the community doesn't have your patience level because there wouldn't be any more questions asked. Who wants to ask a question when all you receive is a smart mouth answer. And for those who have asked this question I apologize on behalf of those that are eager to help. There is never a stupid question; only stupid answers at times.

Your friend in rocks,
Clinton T.
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
June 09, 2015 03:07PM
Hello Howard,

You wouldn't happen to have a picture of one you could post to mindat would you? Would love to see one.
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
June 09, 2015 03:38PM
I agree with Clinton T. A little patience with newcomers goes a long way. It's one thing to poke fun at someone whom we know well and whom we know should know better, and quite another to be impatient or snarky with someone asking perhaps a naive question in good faith. How else does someone get introductory info than by asking basic questions? We all started somewhere and have asked our own silly questions at one time or another.

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