Décor Factors and Suggestions – Beauty with a rich history is the perfect way to describe petrified wood. The different tones of colors make petrified wood one of nature’s most amazing creations. The variation in color is due to the different elements that are found in petrified wood. Smaller pieces of petrified wood look wonderful on a bookshelf, while larger pieces would make delightful tables or look stunning as a natural sculpture. Some pieces would also lend themselves well to wall hangings.
Petrified wood can be displayed in many different ways. Touchstone Gallery offers bookends, slices, slabs, tables, and stumps. The variety of styles makes incorporating petrified wood into your décor easy. Petrified wood will be sure to draw the attention of all those who view it, a gorgeous addition to your home or office.
Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story
Legend and Lore – The word petrified comes from the Greek word, petros, meaning stone. In the Stone Age, early civilizations used petrified wood to make tools and weapons. In medieval times, amulets made of petrified wood were thought to impart longevity on who ever wore it. Arizona petrified wood has an interesting story behind its formation. Trees that grew in Colorado and New Mexico would be knocked over by flooding rains and would float down river. The tree would then be covered in mud and preserved in a different location then where they originated.
The Science of Petrified Wood Creation – Petrified wood transforms from a plant to stone. This process is called permineralization. All organic materials in the tree are replaced with minerals, while retaining the original structure of the plant. It takes as little as 100 years for wood to petrify. Carbon, manganese, cooper, cobalt, and iron oxide give petrified wood the powerful play of colors. Much of Touchstone Gallery’s petrified wood comes from Arizona, where petrified wood is the state fossil. Sometimes the petrified wood from Arizona is called “rainbow wood” due to the wide variety of colors.
Revealed by Man – Petrified wood has been found all over the world, from Greece all the way to Arizona, in and near the Petrified Forest National Park. The petrification of the wood occurs underground, the wood becomes buried under layers of sediment. It is initially preserved because of the lack of oxygen underground. Petrified wood is dug up, sliced with a diamond saw, and then polished to reveal its beauty.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of petrified wood and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.