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1  The Gathering / Shows and Events / Re: The Official Quartzite 2015 Thread! on: January 21, 2015, 06:01:27 am
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've checked in. Lots of changes but nice to see so many old friends. I am at Quartzsite again this year, just moved my stuff over to the Pow Wow yesterday. Stop by and say 'hi'! I'm in booth 213 right next to highland park!  yes
2  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Blocked by spam guard on: December 06, 2013, 09:43:31 am
So the forum spam guard is and has been disabled this whole time. I suspect some of you may have malware that is redirecting you to some fakey 'captcha' site? No mention of this on SMFforfree support forum, so I dont think there have been recent changes to forum software that would be causing this. If someone can forward me a screenshot that may help me to figure out what is going on (use the 'PRTSC' button and then paste and save in paint)
3  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Couple Slabs for Today on: August 24, 2013, 06:16:53 am
Not all petrified coral has good cell replacement. I have cut up slabs that you wouldnt guess were coral, unless you had seen the full coral head with the fossilized polyps...
4  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: 2013 Finished Pieces..........19 Aug 13, pg 7 on: August 24, 2013, 06:00:59 am
Awesome work, Steve!  yes Not sure why this topic wasn't 'sticky' yet!
5  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Raytech lapidary unit on: August 24, 2013, 05:27:40 am
Great Bob, glad someone was able to take advantage of that good deal! Happy grinding!
6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Historical / Ancient - Evolution Of Lapidary / Re: Ancient Moche Beads on: August 24, 2013, 03:45:55 am
The Moche also did some really incredible work with inlay.

A few of my favorite examples:


7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Historical / Ancient - Evolution Of Lapidary / Re: Ancient Moche Beads on: August 23, 2013, 07:00:45 am
The early peoples of northern Peru are really very fascinating, and the Moche culture in particular has an impressive artistic legacy. I showed close-ups of a few (probably Moche) pre-columbian quartz beads in this thread a while back.
8  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: you will be laughing at this lol! on: July 30, 2013, 12:29:53 am
Awww.... c'mon Amanda, fart noises are funny!  hide
9  The Gathering / Shows and Events / Re: Lightning Ridge on: July 29, 2013, 08:53:36 pm
Congratulations, but shame on you for your bashfulness! Margie, can I beg you to post a picture of the winning entry?
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Rockhounding my way, in China on my day off on: July 28, 2013, 07:21:36 am
Wow, what an interesting place! I think I'd spend at *least* 8 hours there. How much do you think you'd have to bribe the local police to come confiscate those rhino horns? Its a little sickening... there are about 2 dozen rhinos there!
11  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: I'm baaaack! on: July 26, 2013, 03:25:12 am
Hey Kurt! Glad to have you back. Too bad we seem to be blocked in China!

I agree it is one of your better pieces. There is one minor detail that I think would improve the overall appearance, but I don't want to seem overly critical since it really is a fantastic piece!
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Stabilizing on: July 24, 2013, 12:35:55 am
It's an overload of copper that hurts you, right?

That is what I understand. Theoretically, you can also get copper toxicity from working copper silicates like chrysocolla without adequate water/ventilation/dust protection. However, I think the carbonates are more readily absorbed by the body than copper silicates.
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / MOVED: Anyone wanting to buy some high quality Ocean Jasper slabs... on: July 23, 2013, 04:55:07 pm
This topic has been moved to Shop and Swap .
14  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Flowers on: July 23, 2013, 09:55:06 am
Was it to this thread? Moderation logs show another version of this thread, with the same subject, was deleted ~30 min before this was posted...? Thats the only thread that got deleted yesterday...
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Off site picture hosting on: July 21, 2013, 08:49:38 pm
There is actually a sticky post explaining offsite hosting under 'forum announcements':,115.0.html
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