Rick Griggs - Tropical Fish - eucalyptus with chrysocolla inlay
Tropical Fish is live edge wall art with chrysocolla and turquoise inlay. The dimensions is 18” in length and 13” wide. There are many varieties of eucalyptus found across the world. Eucalyptus is native to Australia but was brought to California during the gold rush in the 1850’s. It found its way to Arizona during territorial days.
This is Rose Gum eucalyptus, “Eucalyptus grandis” and can grow up to 175 feet tall and as wide as seven feet at its trunk. The heartwood is red or a brownish red; the sapwood is a lighter shade of the heartwood and almost indiscernible. Eucalyptus sometimes has a “fiddleback” pattern or very tight curls within the wood. This piece of eucalyptus is from Northern Arizona.
Chrysocolla is a hydrated phyllosilicate mineral. It comes from Greek chrysos meaning ‘gold’ and kola ‘glue’ although its color is typically a combination of blue and green. Chrysocolla is found in the United States in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. The Chyrsocolla used in this table is from Arizona. Jasper which means “speckled stone” and is an aggregate of quartz, chalcedony and various minerals. Turquoise is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. During the 17th century the mineral was brought to Europe from Turkey or “turquois” which is French name for Turkey. It evolved into turquoise. In the US, Arizona and Nevada are the top producers for turquoise. The finish contains three coats of Tung oil which brings out the unique characteristics of the wood.
This item includes free shipping to the mainland US (48 states).