For centuries now, scientists
have been excavating the fossilized remains of ancient dinosaurs
from every corner of the earth. Our understanding of these
beasts has progressed from early misconceptions of huge, slow,
stupid creatures to a present day appreciation of their
remarkable intelligence, grace, diversity and majesty. We are
witness to the most exciting period of dinosaur discovery in
human history; with stunning new finds, fantastic computer
animation, and a host of new theories presented to us on a
regular basis. With great pleasure, I would like to introduce
you to yet another wonder in the ever unfolding dinosaur saga:
The best way to view
agatized dinosaur bone is in direct sunlight with moderate
magnification. What you will see is a remarkable view into the fine
structural detail of dinosaur bone as well as the gorgeous color and
fantastic forms of agatization.
So that you can see what I am talking about without actually holding
a "dinosaur" in your hands, I've provided macro photographs of
some of the material exhibited elsewhere in this website. The high
magnification reveals the astonishing inner beauty of bone. For the
same reason, I have links to large photo files so that most images
can be viewed as if through a magnifying lens. Unfortunately, some
of the images are so old that I only had small data files available.
Blow these figures up to maximum magnification and ENJOY!!!
Dinosaur Bone is a unique and extremely rare form of
fossilized dinosaur bone that is only found within the Brushy Basin
Member of the Morrison Formation, located on the Colorado Plateau.
The latest dating of the Morrison Formation identifies it as
approximately 146 to 156 million years old. The Brushy Basin was the
last member of the Morrison Formation to be deposited, correlating
with the Late
Jurassic Age. The dinosaurs represented here include
Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodocus,
Stegosaurus,and Torvosaurus (a theropod nearly the size of
Tyrannosaurus), to name just a few!
I have been refining my carving and polishing techniques for over 35
years and proudly offer an exceptional variety of the finest
agatized bone exquisitely crafted into jewelry, specimens, and
Each item is a piece of history and a work of art. You are invited
to become the curator of this rare, non-renewable natural resource.
What you can now hold in the palm of your hand is truly the "Legacy
of the Dinosaur!"
Art and Jewelry provide the best opportunity to show off the
truly incredible beauty of Agatized Dinosaur Bone. A specimen
piece needs to be esthetically pleasing, which requires a
combination of color, structure and form. Most available bone
does not meet these criteria. Art and jewelry, on the other
hand, allow the craftsman to work with broken blocks and
shards and select the finest from within. Fractures can be
worked around, pitted regions can be avoided, and areas of
poor structure or color development can be rejected. What is
left is the best of the best. But even this is not enough to
completely bring out the inner beauty of bone. Inspired
craftsmanship and a warm, lustrous polish are required to make
Agatized Dinosaur Bone come alive again. Remember, this
material is 146,000,000 to 156,000,000 years old!
Some of the work shown on
this site is available exclusively through Etsy, an on-line sale
site, or The Hogan, a top-end market of Southwest arts and crafts
located in Moab, Utah. To avoid problems, if you would like to
purchase any item that is located in either of these outlets, the
sales link will re-direct you to the appropriate webpage or contact
information. Otherwise, items available for sale will have a PayPal
payment button for your convenience.
To go directly to my Etsy store, please follow the link below:
The BoneMasters started out as a group
of artisans specializing in the carving and polishing of agatized
dinosaur bone. As the current economy took its toll, the other
members of this website have moved on to different ventures. The
StoneCarver is the only current member of this group, although
hopefully that will change again in the future!