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More pet wood and sep nods
johnnybravo300
post Oct 7 2017, 09:37 PM
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We found another place to collect and hit the jack pot on pet wood today. The sep nods aren't anything of museum quality but very cool just the same and amazing to find. I did find the smallest septarian nodule ever today, about the size of an egg, which is a first for me.
This is the third place we've found pet wood around the property so I'm really pumped about new hunting areas. Petrified wood is one of my favorites and it's a beautiful transformation.
I'm worn out right now but I'll get it all washed up tomorrow and post pics. Some of the pet wood is gorgeous!
I should have taken a better pack, more food and some dang coffee.


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post Oct 8 2017, 05:32 AM
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Sounds like you're in a great spot!


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post Oct 8 2017, 07:26 AM
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smiley-clapping.gif Very cool, glad you found a good spot! Petwood is one of my favorites also and Colorado has some beautiful stuff! greensmilies-012.gif Looking forward to seeing your finds cleaned up.


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post Oct 8 2017, 08:55 AM
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Some pics might load but my signal isn't strong and I'm having 4g issues. I'm trying to wash these and my hands are freezing out there haha.
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post Oct 8 2017, 09:15 AM
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These are all pics from yesterday. Some of the sep nods and a table of pet wood.

My wife had found a piece of pet wood out there while hiking the dogs so we went to check it out. We hiked in on the uphill side and started scanning the area. Wasn't long before we found the first sep nod, then another, then another.
We dug a few of those up and searched around some more, then worked our way on down further.
Once at the new pet wood spot we spent hours picking up what we could find and the area became bigger and bigger as we went along and as we found more.
I've noticed that the soil is different where I find sep nods than the average Colorado dirt. It's almost like a super fine grain clay/talc dust mix and I wonder what's in that layer that makes it so different.
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post Oct 8 2017, 04:43 PM
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Everything cleaned up.
The biggest pieces we found are behind the gold pans on the picnic table.
My best pieces with visible bark still intact are in the gold pans. Whoohoo!
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post Oct 9 2017, 08:07 AM
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QUOTE (johnnybravo300 @ Oct 8 2017, 07:43 PM) *
Everything cleaned up.
The biggest pieces we found are behind the gold pans on the picnic table.
My best pieces with visible bark still intact are in the gold pans. Whoohoo!

Hey JB, please forgive my lack of knowledge on the subject- what do y’all do with the pet wood? Are y’all able to sell it, or do y’all keep it for your personal collection? Also, would a piece about 18” long and 8” in diameter be a rare find or do y’all find massive chunks as a norm?
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post Oct 9 2017, 08:48 PM
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We haven't found very big pieces, baseball or softball size on average. We've only picked them up from the surface.
It's just more to add to the collection. I've never tried to sell any.


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post Oct 10 2017, 11:03 AM
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QUOTE (johnnybravo300 @ Oct 9 2017, 11:48 PM) *
We haven't found very big pieces, baseball or softball size on average. We've only picked them up from the surface.
It's just more to add to the collection. I've never tried to sell any.

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post Oct 11 2017, 08:22 AM
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Very nice petwood Johnny!! smiley-clapping.gif Some can also be made into cabochons and set into jewelry settings Chuck. I have even made a few guitar picks from some and they turned out great!! thumbsupsmileyanim.gif


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post Oct 11 2017, 12:21 PM
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QUOTE (Denise @ Oct 11 2017, 11:22 AM) *
Very nice petwood Johnny!! smiley-clapping.gif Some can also be made into cabochons and set into jewelry settings Chuck. I have even made a few guitar picks from some and they turned out great!! thumbsupsmileyanim.gif

Well, I don’t consider myself an expert, but I do play guitar... I might have to buy one from you. There’s a very good possibility that I may be heading to Pagosa Springs around Christmas time... might have to make a detour and come see those picks!!!
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Sounds great Chuck, would be great to meet you. happy088.gif


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post Oct 12 2017, 09:00 PM
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I don't have any of that type of equipment but it's something I'd like to learn.
My daughter has a tumbled piece of septarian nodule in a necklace and it's beautiful. We have amazonite and lots of nice pet wood and other rough mineral rocks that I'd like to do something with.
I don't really know what I need but I'm guessing some kind of wet saw and a tumbler to start with? Some of them I need to cut and some I'd like to tumble.
I looked at tumblers at rock doc last year and he explained how you add in different beads for different minerals depending on hardness and to only tumble like minerals or the hard ones will crush the softer ones. I hesitated on buying anything because I like to shop around but it would be fun to have a few more inside projects at home this winter while I'm off. Those tumblers sure aren't cheap.
My wife and daughter want to make some jewelry from the smallest bark pieces but they want the raw form of course.
I do have quite a bit of the colorful inner wood sections that Id like to tumble and polish. They are basically just broken shards and pieces that were everywhere.


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post Oct 13 2017, 08:16 AM
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Equipment can get pretty expensive but worth it in the end I think. We had to put our tumblers away for now since we are off grid these days. Takes at least a month of non stop running to finish a batch of tumbled stones. Each stage needs at least 7 days. There are 4 stages of grit and a stage to burnish them (tumble with soap to take cloudy residue off). Here is a thread we started for "Tumbling" that can help you. happy112.gif

Here is a thread that was started for "Beginning Lapidary Equipment" suggestions. Some good info in there that can also help when deciding what kind of equipment to get. El Dorado started a fun thread a while back when we lived in Fairplay where you can see our workstations and the equipment used. Check it out if you get a chance. It's titled "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." giggle.gif Can even see in one of the pics, that I took smaller specimens and I added magnets to them for decoration. (displayed on a metal gold pan) happy088.gif So even the shards are handy for projects!

I can honestly say that working my finds into a finished piece is very rewarding!
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post Oct 13 2017, 08:24 AM
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I didn't realize it took that long in the tumbler. My solar system and battery storage probably wouldn't like that very much, especially without much sun in the winter. I doubt I'd have the energy to spare. Scratch that project haha.


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