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Petrified Wood is an intriguing material.  It looks like wood and yet it feels like stone.  It’s much heavier and denser than you’d expect and, as such, it’s incredibly tough and hardwearing.

 

What is Petrified Wood?

 

Petrified Wood is a type of fossil. When plant material is buried by sediment, it’s protected from decay caused by oxygen and organisms. Mineral-rich groundwater flows through the sediment and, overtime, the minerals replace the wood and take on its appearance; the details of the bark, wood structure and annual rings are often preserved.

 

For wood to be petrified, it has to be buried under mud, silt or ash quickly, before it starts to decay. Depending on where it’s sourced, its age can range from 20 million to 300 million years, and possibly older.

 

Where does Petrified Wood come from?

 

Petrified Wood can be found across the world, with an abundance of locations in the United States, including the Petrified Tree Forest in Yellowstone. In the past few years, winter storms have also revealed long buried forests below the seashore at Portreath in Cornwall, Borth in Ceredigion, Mid Wales and Cleveleys in Lancashire.

 

Indigenous’ Petrified Wood Collection

 

Indigenous uses Petrified Wood, sourced from Indonesia, for many different designs throughout its range – from small accessories like platters, chopping boards and candle holders, to stools, washstands, baths and basins.

 

The raw material is crafted by hand, often creating a piece with contrasting smooth and gnarly surfaces. Petrified Wood can be sanded to create a smooth, glossy surface, so it’s ideal for creating rustic designs that incorporate lots of texture.

 

Latest designs to join the range include the Petrified Wood & Oak Washstand, which combines a Petrified Wood table top with a sustainable oak frame, handmade in the UK and a Petrified Wood Table Lamp which joins the collection this spring.

 

 

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