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376  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Slab from the Cadys on: May 05, 2011, 12:19:21 pm
I found this in the Cady Mountains on the way home from Quartzsite in late January.  The first photo reminds me of a forest fire.
Garry

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377  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Intarsia "trivet" on: May 05, 2011, 12:10:26 pm
Wow how many hours did it take to make that one? Killer

Christopher,  I can't say how long this one took, but probably longer than it should have since this was my first attempt at using this method, so it was a learning experience.  I worked on it for about a month. 

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Thanks for all your kind  comments.  I forgot to mention that this intarsia was made from just 2 rocks.  One was thulite and the other was malachite.
Garry
378  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Todays 6 on: May 05, 2011, 12:04:02 pm
Nice set Grant.  That rhodonite has really good color and you got a good polish on it too.  Most of my rhodonite has a lot of black in it.
Garry
379  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Having A Little OJ With My Breakfast This Morning ! on: May 05, 2011, 09:24:34 am
Great job George!  You got a nice liquid shine on those.  It's always good to have a little OJ in the morning.  Kind of perks you up.
Garry
380  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Scalloped Regency Rose on: May 04, 2011, 11:49:18 pm
That's a very nice scalloped cab, Kurt.  I assume you are planing to make a pendant??  It could be nice either way, depending on how you set it.  It looks like the yellow in the carved piece would go well with a citrine too.   Like Deb193, I was wondering if you tumble-polished this piece after carving it to shape.  I've polished agate like this with a Foredom and it took forever.
Garry
381  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: My first Montana on: May 04, 2011, 11:35:47 pm
Nice job Lex.  Montana agate is one of my favorite agates because it's tough, takes a great polish and is pretty too.
Garry
382  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Intarsia "trivet" on: May 04, 2011, 02:58:32 pm
Hello,

Here is an intarsia trivet I did awhile back.  I call it a trivet, although we haven't set anything hot on it.  It measures approximately 6" X 6", so maybe it's more like a large coaster.  It was my first attempt at using a technique shown in the 4th post of this thread: http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,1604.0.html (Intarsia question): My apologies to all the professional photographers out there.
Garry



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383  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Spare Plumes and Moss on: May 03, 2011, 07:34:47 pm
Kurt,  Those are both very fine cabs!  Do you know where  the agate is from?
Garry
384  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Intarsia Bowl on: May 03, 2011, 07:15:44 pm
Garry, every time when I see that bowl, the precision you achieved in making it amazes me.

Welcome!

Adrian

Adrian, I'm familar with your fantastic work, so that is quite a compliment coming from you. 

Thanks again for all of your comments.  They definitely make the work feel worth it.  I'm sure there are many of you out there just overflowing with skill, so I'm looking forward to seeing your work too!

Garry

385  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest on: May 03, 2011, 09:18:31 am
Okay, there are a few of us here in the NW.  I am on Fox Island so just where in Washington are you hiding?

Michael, I'm about 20 miles north of you  (just a couple of miles from Woody and Kathy's place).
 Maybe we can get together sometime.  BTW, your knives are awesome!


Welcome aboard Garry.
I am in Moses Lake....where are you at?
TOG  aka The other Gary, Gary #2

Gary, I'm in Kitsap County.  You know, where it is always raining.  Do you know how we can tell when it's summer?  The rain is warmer.


Welcome my friend:) It is good to see you again.
How is the missus?  What projects have you got on the table?


Sara, The missus is doing well.  I don't have any projects currently on the table.  I'm just doing garden prep right now.  I admit that I am getting  inspired to do something after reading some of the threads on this forum. 

Welcome! I just had a thought....... I know they have house swaps where you can trade a houses for a period of days/weeks. How about a rockhounding swap? SMILES hard.

 thinking13  The nearst place to go rockhounding from here is about 100 miles away. 
386  The Gathering / Introductions / Greetings from the Pacific Northwest on: May 01, 2011, 03:43:47 pm
Hello to all,

I'm happy to be a new member of this forum.  I have already enjoyed reading many of the posts.  The knowledge and skills of the people who post here are very impressive and I'm looking forward to meeting you.

I've been collecting rocks since I was old enough to have pockets.  At the dinner table my dad  would often say, "Garry, let's see what you have in your pockets", and I would present the latest of my finds.  I figure you are either born with the love of stones/Earth's treasures or you aren't.  I was born with the love, so here I am.   I am currently a retired engineer living in NW Washington state.  When it stops raining I still enjoy getting out and collecting. 

Garry
387  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: Intarsia Bowl on: May 01, 2011, 03:27:33 pm
Thank you for all of your kind comments.  Someone asked how long this bowl took.  I can't say for sure because I just worked on it off and on for months until it was finished.  It was very labor intensive.  I just know I would starve if I had to make these for a living.  My mentor, Meredith Jones, now deceased, was a sheet metal layout man and showed me how to lay this bowl out.  I did make a candy dish too that I will post sometime soon.  I only made two intarsia bowls, so I guess I better get busy.    The tutorial I sent Sara wouldn't be good enough to post without a lot of improvements, so that may have to be a future task.   Thank you again.
Garry
388  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Intarsia Bowl on: April 30, 2011, 10:52:36 pm
Hello.  I am a new forum member (this is my first login), so I am just going to try to post something.  Here is what I call an intarsia fruit bowl. It is made of Yellow Hill agate (red), Graveyard Point Plume (yellow), India moss agate (green), Wind River turtleback (clear).  It measures about 10 inches across.  Garry

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