Rick Griggs - Wave in the Desert- ironwood with chrysocolla inlay
Wave in the Desert is a wall art of live edge ironwood from the Arizona desert with chrysocolla inlay. Ironwood can be a challenge to work because it is very dense and hard; so the name is appropriate. The color and pattern of the wood is stunning! Wave in the Desert is 39” in length, 4 ½ to 10” in width and 2 ¼” deep.
Desert Ironwood “Olneya tesota” is found in the Southwest US and northwestern Mexico. The tree can grow up to thirty feet and have a trunk between one and two feet thick; although many desert ironwood trees are smaller in stature. The wood is extremely hard living up to the term “iron”. It has incredible color with heartwood typically being a rich dark brown with black or sometimes violet streaks. It can also have overtones of orange, yellow and a deep red. The sapwood is a highly contrasting yellow and gold.
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.
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