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  We are always studying burls of all kinds. This example is actually a root burl, meaning it grows below the ground and is not visible. We have spent considerable time in many remote regions working with native tribes to learn what to look for for clues to locate these..  


  Jim holding a section of Wooly Mammoth tusk from the  northern parts of Russia. This material is approximately 15-22 thousand years old. These tusks can be 16 feet long and weigh several hundred pounds a piece.  This chunk is about 75 pounds.  

  This is a sample of dirt removed from the floor of a cave. We are looking through the microscope for clues as to how this  cave formed and what was its history of use etc;  note the composition of minerals. what does  this tell us ?? Everything tells a story, we need to learn all we can.  

  This is an image of the wall in a cave we are currently researching for a client. The wall contains some unusual mineral formations. They also react to ultra violet light by fluorescence. The colors are yellow, orange, red, and blue under black light.  

  Some artifacts in a private collection that we will run tests on to help authenticate and give a summary of our observations. Surface composition and pollen particles in the clay can give us accurate clues of the history.  

   We spend  lot of time in the lab doing research for almost everything we do. We collect samples from all over the world for all kinds of projects. Each sample usually has a story to tell us about its origin and history. Sometimes this information can save your life.  

  This is a typical end view of a log of Haematoxylon . This tree has a very unique growth pattern. It is a very hard and dense material. When the heart wood comes in contact with any form of ammonia it releases one of the most lasting dyes known. The color is a royal purple-red color. The Shamans worship this tree.  

  This tree has a most curious outer bark texture that looks like a dinosaur skin. The conical structure is a cork-like material that form as part of the bark. The sap from this tree is used as a form of Novocain by the local Ahetta Indians. They call the tree the Tooth ache tree.  

  Petrified wood is still a mystery as to how it happens and how long it takes for wood cells to change to stone. This is a piece of petrified Mulberry from Oregon. Sometimes the replacement of wood to stone is so complete it allows you to see right down to the microscopic detail of the original wood.  

  The microscopic end grain face of this piece of wood shows an example of the type of  patterns we see to help formulate a unique finger print of each wood species. This is a sample from a wood artifact from India. What we do not know is if the wood grew in India or arrived via trade or some other mode before it was made.  

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