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This is a continuation that adds an additional example of the project type explored in the previous post. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/80387-display-stand-project/ Moving forward with plans to construct more stands for fossil specimens, a small Oreodont skull and jaw were selected. The long term denizens of the Fossil Forum may recognize Lucinda, the subject of a previously posted prep series. http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/44530-oreodont-prep-series/ Here is the wood specimen selected. It is Bocote, Cordia elaeagnoides. This strongly grained wood is found on the Western coast of Mexico. It is shown with shellac applied and holes drilled to receive the brass supports. Here is a view of the shaped brass rods. The configuration selected is entirely from snolly's imagination (he is not an engineer). Other designs may be more practical and/or sturdy. This image shows the rods installed and provides a glimpse of the conceptualization of the needed support. Here is Lucinda, resting atop her newly crafted throne. Merycoidodon gracilis Brule Member of White River Formation Sioux Co, Nebraska The next project will utilize a larger wood block to accommodate Lucinda's much larger cousin, Merycoidodon culbertsoni . Here is the block being finished. The wood is "Ambrosia Maple." The designation "ambrosia" is given to various woods that have been invaded by a species of Ambrosia Beetle. The beetles bore chambers in the wood in order to create "gardens" for a fungus, their sole source of nutrition. This practice of nutritional symbiosis creates distinct patterns in the wood.