We are specialized in unique and exclusive objects of petrified wood and jasper for your interior and collector's items for your collection.
Petrified wood applications
- It could be sawn into slabs which is ideally suited as a (salon) tabletop,
- The smaller slices are beautiful as natural decoration,
- Washbasins are another object that we make in our workshop in Indonesia.
Does it fit in my interior? Are the pieces stable?
The mostly so-called '' earth colors '' fit in most interiors.
All our objects are carefully polished and sawn by hand and are therefore stand well.
Every piece is different, not one piece is the same.
Our passion for petrified wood is your guarantee for top quality and unique pieces.
Below you can browse through our collection and buy the piece of your choice, under the photo gallery below we continue with an interesting '' question and answer '' about petrified wood.
Answers and Questions
What is petrified wood?
It is a fossil, it is fossilized wood and it is also called mineralized wood.
The wood has become stone.
All organic materials have been replaced by Minerals. Groundwater deposits these minerals where the lignin and cellulose fall away as a result of the decay process.
This decay process is very slow because there is no oxygen present.
The petrification / mineralization process takes place when a tree is buried under sediment, usually as a result of a natural disaster and lasts for many millions of years.
Even the smallest details are immortalized. Think of the original shape, annual rings, knots, wormholes etc .
The different tissues are immortalized on a microscopic level. So detailed that even the type of tree can be determined with a microscope.
In Indonesia this is usually the Dipterocarpus and sometimes the roots of a Palm tree (the trunk is perhaps too soft, this is seldom or never found).
How does petrified wood get the often beautiful colors?
The different minerals that are deposit each have their own influence on the colors that arise during the process.
Carbon and Manganese oxides give black, Cobalt, Chrome and Copper give green and blue, Iron oxides provide red, yellow and brown, Manganese provides pink and orange, Silica is responsible for gray and white.
And so there are more.
Where does the often beautiful Crystal formation come from?
Quartz provides crystal formation in often beautiful drawings and shapes, sometimes with a geode.
How old is petrified wood?
It comes in many ages.
Our's comes from Indonesia and is 22 million years young.
Young, because American petrified wood is 220 million years old!
Is the wood always completely petrified?
Almost always. Three times we have found pieces, part of which was '' charcoal ''.
Can I work on it?
Only with special equipment such as diamond cutting and drilling tools.
The hardness of Indonesian fossilwood varies between 6 and 7 expressed on the Mohs hardness scale (which runs from 1 to 10). For imaging Granite is 7 and Diamond is 10.
How do you process it?
Experienced sculptors work with diamond saws, drills and special sandpaper.
Depending on what it should be, cuts and drills are made, whether or not the bark is removed and the result polished.
In Indonesia people polish dry. That is, only with sandpaper and without water.
The surface is first smoothed with a diamond wheel and then polished with first very coarse sandpaper and then in gradations to very fine sandpaper.
Indonesian petrified wood comes in various degrees of hardness.
The white, gray and black petrified wood is usually less hard.
This is the reason that spheres, eggs, fish and other sculpted shapes often have this color.
Where can I find petrified wood?
It is found worldwide.
The best-known countries are the United States, Madagascar, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Egypt.
Where does the petrified wood in your webshop come from?
The ones we sell comes from West Java and South Sumatera in Indonesia.
Here it is found underground in the jungle, on rice fields, at road constructions or construction works.
There are companies specialized in searching (this is done in consultation with the owner of the land) and others in processing.
Nature's Art has its own workshop in Indonesia and buys from both parties.
Is all the fossilwoods so beautiful?
No, only 1 in 200 pieces is super and 5 nice and another 5 usable.
Here lies the power of Nature's Art; because we have a workshop on site, our staff can constantly visit the digging sites, home businesses and large suppliers, hence, normally we are the first to find the best pieces.
How deep do I have to dig to find them?
Sometimes 15 meters deep and sometimes it is on the surface for the taking.
How do people know where to look?
-Men put a long piece of iron in the ground which can be extended. If one encounters something hard, one tries again around it to get an idea whether it is a stone or petrified tree.
-A shaman, called Dukung in Indonesia, points to a place after being in a trance ........
-Sometimes because one finds a piece on the surface, after digging, more is found.
-It could appear during road construction or during general construction work.
Are the trees still whole when they are found?
The smaller ones can be whole, the larger ones always in pieces.
How tall and heavy can a petrified tree be?
45 meters from root to top is no exception. This length can weigh as much as 45000 kilos!
Do you ever come across strange things?
Yes, some examples;
- Petrified wood on top of a mountain next to petrified Coral,
- Fossilized seeds,
- Pieces next to a Rock Crystal on an excavation consisting of sediment from the sea,
- A piece of Jasper 2 meters high, of which about 30 was Petrified Coral. The polyps were very clearly visible,
The stone was a piece of Coral shore that was slowly transformed into Jasper.
What do you like best about working with these?
The surprise and tension that appears when the bark is removed. On the outside it is virtually impossible to see what is inside.
Does stonewoods retain its Color?
If you keep it away from the sun, yes.
Most black and white pieces can / will discolor if you put it in the sun.
If you put certain polished pieces in the sun, they can turn completely gray and rarely, some pieces will slowly fall apart.
Rough logs are great for outside, provided there are no cracks in it.
Cracks will fill with water and the piece can then be damaged by frost in the winter.
Do you import yourself? Where do you buy?
We have been buying ourself in Indonesia for about 15 years directly at the source.
We started this when we were still living in Jakarta.
Now this is done by our specialized staff in Indonesia.
They drive along a large number of locations, '' at-home businesses '' and large companies almost every day.
Only the most beautiful pieces are selected, for what we are happy to pay a little more.
A piece can have a beautiful color, shape and / or bark.
If the items do not meet our strict criteria, we will not buy anything.
Our staff knows our criteria and sends us photos of the preselected pieces for approval. The approved items are purchased.
We leave the lesser pieces that are often bought as a lot by companies that do not have their own people in Indonesia.
All purchases are collected in our workshop where everything is checked and redone if necessary.
We process a large part of the raw purchased items ourselves.
After having lived in Indonesia for 17 years, we have very good contacts with our suppliers. Unique items are kept separate for us.
Does it have to be maintained?
No, you can, if necessary, enhance the color by brushing the polished surfaces with Marble wax. However, if you do this once then you must continue it, because after a while the wax turns dull and you have to do it again.
We do not recommend doing this, as it is not necessary.