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« on: September 28, 2015, 04:04:49 pm »

If Seal Daddy still checks in, this one's for him!

I was in a parking lot, smoking, and idly looking at the river rocks that they landscaped with. Most of them were nondescript looking agate/jaspers, but a few of them had a rind on them like the Mexican flower garden agates, so I started looking a little closer. None of them were, but look what I did find.

This is Texas shrinkwood, and most likely native to Bee County Texas. Sorry about the bad picture, I'm still trying to figure out the Celestron camera. This stuff has a premium price, and it's pretty rare.

Every once in a while you just get lucky.

Debbie K


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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2015, 06:57:02 pm »

Wow great find ... must have been a fun surprise!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2015, 08:18:18 pm »

Yes, it was, but I increasing find myself looking at all landscaping rocks!

I ground the sides of this piece yesterday, and it's solid shrinkwood. This is my favorite type, the dark red brown and golden yellow combination. I think it would be more accurate to call it "alligator wood" or "snake wood" since that's what it really looks like.

Don used to cut up landscaping rocks and sometimes found some good ones, too.

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2015, 06:43:16 am »

I will email him and tell him about your post.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2015, 11:32:21 am »

I will email him and tell him about your post.

Thanks Frank and Debbi K.,
I never found any of that cool stuff.  It looks like agatized dried cactus.
Google Image "dried cactus wood".
I wish I had...thanks.
The landscape yard I used to hound had rocks dredged from the Llano River.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2015, 08:10:50 am »

Cool! Gottalove those Arby's rocks!
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 03:02:26 pm »

I started gathering rocks in the landscaping areas of the bus station, as I waited for a bus to take me to work in Austin.
Initially they were rocks for my numerous aquariums after I tumbled them.  When I learned they came from a landscaping yard in my town, I went there to look for cool ones...found bigger ones up to 6 inches and started to cut them open to discover what they looked like inside. I was amazed, and the lapidary bug bit me BIG Time.

I was down at the landscape yard whenever a new truck delivered new rocks. Then the new deliveries stopped. I asked why and was told the company who was dredging them out of the Llano River had their delivery dump truck break down. So, I drove to the Llano River and "hounded" thru the many dozens of huge piles of rock waiting for delivery.
It was a "goldmine"~!!

 
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 06:42:46 pm »

Don:

I can see why you did. After I found the shrinkwood I found a few pieces of plume agate. Not great, but not terrible. If I had found rocks like these when I was a kid I would have been over the moon. Houston has NO rocks. I used to pick up the ugliest rocks in the world, just because they were rocks. They kid me at my mineral club; I've never seen a rock I didn't like.

Did you take your rocks with you in the move, and have you been cutting any lately? I'm finally finishing up a piece of jewelry/sculpture that I started about 6 months ago; my life hasn't been my own lately.

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2015, 07:33:33 pm »

Yes, hauled them with me.  But until a month ago, never had a place to cut and polish them. And my machines are broken. So, have not accomplished many finished works.
Thanks for asking.
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