Petrified Wood

petrified_wood

We LOVE petrified wood. Jalan Jalan Imports was born from a trip to Indonesia in search of a petrified wood bench for our yard (see photo). The wood is legally harvested from areas in which volcanic ash covered the ground 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 years ago. The ash covered the trees (many species of which are now extinct), and under ideal conditions the wood petrified.

Nowhere in the world will you find more diverse colors or textures of petrified wood than in Indonesia. If you love rocks and natural art, you won’t believe your eyes. Most of the pieces we sell are either completely or partially polished and fall into two categories: functionally beautiful and artistically beautiful.

We define “functionally beautiful” as any piece that is large enough to be utilized as a table, stool, bench, bird bath or anything functional. Most of the pieces we sell are functional. Tables and/or stools weigh in the neighborhood of 250 to 600 pounds. The benches are absolutely stunning but quite hard to move around, weighing in the 700 to 1000 pound range. These are items that need to be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

Our “artistically beautiful” pieces are chosen based on their shape, color, texture and balance. They range in size from small pieces that can fit on your desk, to gigantic (our largest piece is 1700 pounds). Most weigh between 75 to 400 pounds. They are nature’s sculptures and are absolutely stunning.

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