August 03, 2009
My Grandpa had a cattle ranch, the Milky Ranch, that bordered the Petrified Wood Forest. All his life he had mineral rights to all the petrified wood he wanted. Because of this, petrified wood has had a huge existence in our lives: tables, book ends, bolo ties, spheres, fireplaces...to name a few. His dining room table was an enormous slab - it was an unbelievable sight! Now that my Grandpa is not around, I have a soft spot for petrified wood. I probably didn't appreciate it enough before because there was always so much of it. (It was even in his pool! And my dad's pool!) Once in a while I will make a piece, incorporating the prettiest cabs I have found. It's not a typical type of piece for me to make, but it is more a product of sentiment. This particular piece is surrounded by silver beads and hangs on a chain of pearls and turquoise. I like the mixture of classy pearls and rustic wood. The necklace above it is just a simple crystal cab hanging from a turquoise chain.