Petrified Wood

Faraway Furniture
What is Petrified Wood? Petrified wood is a type of tree fossil where all the organic material of the original timber has been replaced with minerals such as silicate and quartz while retaining the original structure of the wood. The crystallisation process can take up to 360 million years to complete and takes place underground in ancient forests that have long been buried deep in mud and volcanic ash. Mineral-rich water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the timber cells and the wood is preserved due to a lack of oxygen. During this immense amount of time, the wood undergoes a unique metamorphosis. Minerals, metals, lime or phosphorous from the mighty sedimentary layers have dissolved and impregnated the very fibre of the fallen trees. Gradually they have replaced the wood fibers, while retaining its organic structure. Elements such as manganese, iron and copper in the water/mud during the petrification process give petrified wood a variety of beautiful and unique colour ranges. The preservation is so fine that in places you can see the cell structure of the original wood. This Sculpture from Faraway Furniture Our petrified wood is found within the volcanic tuffs of western Java in the Pliocene Genteng Formation. These wood fossils are carefully selected for size and unique color and then hand crafted and polished by master craftsmen to produce stunning sculptures. Every piece of our fossilized wood sculptures is a naturally unique and individual creation that remains millions of years old.