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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 09:32PM
    
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.

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[www.mindat.org] 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
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May 19, 2011 10:17PM
Good one Paul, I will try that next timesmiling smiley
Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 19, 2011 10:28PM
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 10:59PM
    
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.
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 20, 2011 02:34AM
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.







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avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 20, 2011 03:13AM
Alfredo,
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.

Bob
avatar Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
May 20, 2011 11:45PM
    
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 08:37PM
i was just wondering how much this piece of petrified wood can go for. angela.stefko@yahoo.com
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Re: how much is a petrified tree worth
August 05, 2012 08:46PM
    
Angela,

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 02:16AM
Angela,
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.
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August 06, 2012 03:20AM
    
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!

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