Introducing New (Well, actually around 225,000,000 year-old) Petrified Wood Fountains by Greg Robertson!

Ethically harvested from the petrified wood-dense forests of Holbrook, Arizona, (Northeast of Phoenix, see map at right) Greg Robertson’s fountains are as unique as they are beautiful. Millions of years ago, this arid landscape was canvassed with tall trees. Over thousands of years, some floated downstream to form log jams, where concentrations of petrified wood can still be found.

Fetrified Wood fountain installed

Our Petrified Wood fountain, installed in the back courtyard of our Canyon Road Gallery.

Like a thumbprint, each fountain contains indelible traces of the tree from which it formed. Greg hand-drills carefully chosen wood segments, allowing them to cycle water in a gentle, burbling sound that complements whatever the fountain’s surroundings. Each Petrified Wood Fountain is around 600-800 pounds in weight. This incredible solidity requires help to move and install, but once in place, it’s incredible sturdiness ensures it will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Breaking ground for the new Petrified Wood Fountain

Breaking ground for the new fountains.

Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite or another inorganic material such as opal. Petrified trees today lie strewn across clay hills and within cliff faces; each log broken into large segments.

During the gradual uplifting of the Colorado Plateau, starting about 60 million years ago, the still buried petrified trees were under so much stress they broke like glass rods. The crystal nature of the quartz created clean fractures, evenly spaced along the tree trunk, giving the appearance today of logs cut with a chainsaw.

Petrified Wood Fountain Installed in the back garden

Installed in the back garden!

If you would like to learn more about our new fountains, please give us a call at 505-982-2073 or click here for more images and info!