A friend of ours had a piece of limb casting that had a "BEAUTIFUL"
grown over small “branch stub” that had a lot of red in the knob or
stub, and Cynthia was to make a pendent out of the stub section. By
accident, a book got “tossed” onto the original piece, and the
stub broke off just where we were going to cut it off. Made an
absolutely beautiful “stone” for the pendent, and she got the rest of
the limb casting as partial payment for the work. The piece is still
in great shape, as far as we know and the "rest of the limb casting"
is in one piece too. Our friend feels the materials from that area
need to be dried slowly for a good year or more to have a better
chance at getting a good, solid piece. Too fast drying and the chance
of crazing, breaking is great.
Great area! I went there once with him for 3 days and we did find
some pretty nice material. That material is “somewhere” in our
stored items, but last time I saw the material, it was in great shape
and that was years after our collection trip. It is just in storage
until we “get to it”, with all the other stuff we are doing.