Material: Petrified Wood
(It took 4 million years for the wood to become petrified so the colour will vary for each stool due to the natural process)
Size: D 30cm | H 40cm
RRP: $ 799
Fossil or Petrified Wood from Indonesia
Indonesia has the largest deposit of petrified wood in the world.
At the end of the Tertiary era (5.3 to 2.6 million years ago), a dense tropical forest, made up of a teak and palm trees, covers the Indonesian volcanic chain from Sumatra and Bali to the west of Java.
From time to time, the volcanoes became active. The force of the eruption was such that surrounding forests were uprooted. A thick layer of burning volcanic ash covered them.
The nearest trees were consumed, those insufficiently covered rotted away.
But those between these two extremes benefited from ideal conditions. They became naturally sterilised by the heat which destroyed bacteria normally found in decay.
It gradually replaced the wood, molecule after molecule, by minerals such as quartz, agate or marble, hence preserving the shape of the trees and even their cells.
Petrified trees are sometimes found in streams, but the most beautiful pieces are found buried several meters deep.