Tuesday, January 7, 2014

petrified wood

This Christmas, ICDC was lucky to receive a beautiful, complex piece of petrified wood from her sister who is a geologist (and a forester!).  

What is petrified wood, you ask?


Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized tree remains.  Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. The process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen that stops decomposition. 
 
How to incorporate petrified wood into your home?
 
You could tile your bathroom (or at least one wall!) with luscious Ann Sacks tiles:



You could make a wall out of petrified wood.  What a statement!


You could add a petrified wood occasional table:




Or you could just display it as ICDC has hers:



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