Camphour laurel timber coffee table with inlaid garnet and quartz mineral thin section photography


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Camphour laurel coffee table featuring embedded mineral photography. The camphour laurel slabs are from western Queensland and the resin river has an embedded mineral photo, printed on best quality Hanhnemulle fine art paper. The photo was taken by my sister Sue during her career as a geologist in Queensland, Australia.

A brief description of how Sue captured the image: After cutting and roughly trimming with a diamond tipped saw the rock is slowly cut, ground and then polished to a thickness of 0.03mm (30µm). Using resin to hold this incredibly thin slice of rock onto a glass slide the constituent minerals are now ready to be viewed under a polarising microscope. The diagnostic colors produced by projecting various wavelengths of light through the rock sliver, in conjunction with mineral shape and its association with other minerals are used to determine the mineral type. The diagnostic colors and shape of the mineral can also tell the experienced petrologist the approximate chemical composition of the mineral.
This photograph depicts a magnified view (under plain polarising light) of garnet crystals set in pyroxene and quartz. Actual rock section photographed is 3mm width.

The table has been completed with three-pin black hairpin legs. The timber has not been encased in resin, and has been given several coats of tung oil to bring out the beautiful grain.

Dimensions: 53cm (21")D x 45cm (17.7")W x 45cm (17.7")H

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