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Anyone ever tumbled Hickorite?

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earthegy
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« on: November 05, 2010, 03:18:51 pm »

I'm looking at these on ebay, and they're calling my name, but I'm curious if anyone has worked with hickorite.  I'd never even heard of it.  Thoughts or advice?

Ebay listing:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150513142239&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1123

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 12:45:34 am »

Looks like no is able to help about being able to tumble it.

I don't tumble anything so not able to help either.

Did you end up buying that eBay listing ?

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 10:04:35 am »

I was out on a first date (which went really well, thank God!) when the listing ended, so I missed it.  I may check to see if it's been relisted.

I still might buy it...it was dirt cheap and really pretty.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 06:05:38 pm »

I was out on a first date (which went really well, thank God!) when the listing ended, so I missed it.  I may check to see if it's been relisted.

I still might buy it...it was dirt cheap and really pretty.

You don't think it would have been wise to excuse yourself while you checked on an Ebay listing?

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 06:27:33 pm »

It's been relisted. It looks like that wonderstone you had on one of your other posts. Did you have a good time? dancer5
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 06:29:03 pm »

LOL!  I thought hickorite (Hickoryite) must be a joke name...so I had to google it...it's real...just a variety of rhyolite:

http://www.mindat.org/min-38864.html
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 05:30:50 pm »

Well....he was a really really good first date, and last night was a 2nd date, so hickorite had to go on hold.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 10:14:38 am »

Good hickorite tends to be pretty solid and takes a good polish.  You shouldn't have any problem tumbing it.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 04:44:12 pm »

Hey, I guessed right, " a type of wonderstone". How was the second date? Is he a keeper? dunno
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 05:45:34 pm »

The second date was awesome, and he most definitely is a keeper.  He stopped and brought me baby chick feed and a feeder and waterer for the babies (my local store was closed Saturday), he brought me flowers, he cooked our ribeyes, he played with the baby chicks, brought his dog and played with mine....and I can't tell you the rest of the details, but I'm getting that 3rd date lined up for this week.

And he thinks my rocks are cool...
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 07:44:05 pm »

he must be learning. I would have bought that hickorite by night two with an express delivery. sometimes we need direction.
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2010, 07:54:02 pm »

It's relisted or another batch was listed and fair game, but I think the seller had vacation settings on, so it's not shipping out till they're back.

And yes, men generally need direction, but I'm pretty clear on giving it, and he's been a very quick learner around me....
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2010, 09:01:36 pm »

I have both carved and tumbled hickoryite.  I came across about 40lbs of it a few months ago when I was first starting working with stone.  It carved and tumbled great... a lot like a jasper.  I did notice that some of it is very dense and smooth and finishes great, while other pieces are much more porous and grainy and don't carve or polish well -- a lot like some picture jaspers... almost sedimentary how porous those pieces were.  The really dense stuff finished up and carved great though.  Just my two cents!
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2010, 10:54:53 am »

I'm happy to report the ebay seller relisted another batch of the hickorite, and I won it last night.  $5 for 1/2 pound with shipping, so it's going to be a fun next project to tumble.

I bought some polished wonderstone rocks at a gemshow, which are my favorites, so I'm hoping I can end up with something similar looking.
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