artifical petrified wood for use in furniture

Was wondering if anyone has seen any links or useful articles on artifically created 'petrified wood' (aka 'glass water wood' or sodium silicate induced wood I believe) and how to work with the material.

and then heating it, I was wondering if wood could be worked or carved first (say into a stairway endcap) and then treated to this process?
Could logs or other large pieces of wood be petrified as a whole, using a water removal/liquid injection type of process (imagine log cabins that the logs do not split!)
Also for musical instruments, as cracking clarinets/oboes joints and bodies are a major concern.

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