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31  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Childhood agate... My own "Old stock" on: December 06, 2015, 12:28:29 pm
Looks like old stock Brazilian nodule to me.  Some of the early stuff was every bit as good as Condor and just a notch below Laguna (lacked the dramatic sharp pointed fortifications). I'm sure the are some other possibilities

Craig
32  The Gathering / Shows and Events / El Cajon Valley Gem and Mineral Show on: December 04, 2015, 10:44:31 pm
Hi all

The El Cajon Valley (CA) Gem and MIneral Show is this weekend at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds in San Diego's East County. Opens at 9 am.  I'll be heading out there right after coaching my high school soccer game, I coach at the high school adjacent to the Rodeo grounds, but we're not at home this weekend. Hope some of you local to SoCal can drop by.

Craig
33  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Looking for id on this cab material and a ? on: November 29, 2015, 05:57:22 pm
Looks like a nice copper material with chrysocholla, cuprite and maybe shattuckite or one of the other copper based materials mixed in. I'd say glue things up and make it shine!! Love it so far...  yes yes yes
Craig
34  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: anyone recognize this now that it is cabbed? on: November 25, 2015, 07:47:09 pm
It has the look of some of the agate from the Four Corners area near Barstow, CA.  (not four corners where the states meet by Colorado) It is usually found attached to the dendritic agate.

Craig
35  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello all from Southern California. on: November 15, 2015, 12:44:56 am
Welcome from another in East San Diego County!!!

Pretty obvious what my passion is...
36  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Leather's Ranch Plume Agate Cabochon on: November 12, 2015, 10:30:34 pm
Sweet!!!   yes yes yes

37  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Made up a few cabs. on: November 04, 2015, 12:17:55 pm
Very nice!!! dancer5
38  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Knife Handles Artwork / Tutorials / Re: A few more knives I finished on: September 26, 2015, 08:16:13 pm
For me the agates are very cool but the labradorite is the sharpest.  Looks very expensive  yes
39  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Tucson!!!!! on: September 24, 2015, 07:59:18 pm
 welcome2 to the party2 from San Diego!!! hatsoff
40  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Looking for info on lucky strike thunder eggs on: September 19, 2015, 08:43:32 pm

  RE.LUCKY STRIKE DIG,I WAS THERE IN AUGUST 2015 AND THIER MACHINERY WAS DOWN FOR REPAIR AND THE FOREST SERVICE WOULD'NT LET THEM OPERATE IT ANYWAY BECAUSE OF HIGH FIRE DANGER.KOP PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR.

Yes, Kop passed sometime just before this years Quartzsite shows.  Cindy was at the Pow Wow and will carry on at the mine, as far as I could tell.

His loss will be felt throughout the hobby.

Craig
41  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Idaho on: September 18, 2015, 07:48:14 pm
Still 3 weeks or so away. Should get a little cooler, but we have snake gaiters as needed. Really appreciating the help!

Craig
42  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Idaho on: September 18, 2015, 04:16:56 pm
Rained off and on all week......yesterday was the hardest.
Have not been out there yet. BLM is out there, so who knows
what you can and cannot do. Hope you make a new find.
It's going to warm up starting today. Should be dryer when
you get there,

MJ

I'm arriving in the Pacific Northwest Oct 12 and will get to Boise on the 14th.  If you hear any news regarding access or conditions, I would appreciate any updates. Can hardly wait!!!

Craig
43  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Idaho on: September 17, 2015, 10:25:05 pm
Craig,

   There was A 300,000 acre fire in the Owyhees last month.
It is called the Soda fire look it up. I have not been out to look
yet, can't bring myself to do it. They say 10 years of replanting.
95 is now 5 times more likely to have flash floods. New finds will be made
from slides and earth moving this winter.It was a very devastating fire.
If I go out there I will take some pics to post.

MJ

Thanks.  I think it's raining a little in that area today, too.  Going to definitely tread lightly. Probably will spend some time at Graveyard Point and swing south.  Will end with a couple of days in McDermitt. Part of our thought process was spotting newly exposed material. Just hope it doesn't rain when we are there...been in the gumbo before.

That being said, the challenge is half the fun!!  yes

Craig
44  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Idaho on: September 16, 2015, 09:15:57 pm
Welcome from San Diego!!!

I'll be in the Owyhees next month...

Craig
45  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: My dream of discovery... am I too late? on: August 19, 2015, 12:44:01 am
Never give up!!!

There are always sites being discovered.  It's only been a couple of years ago that I stumbled (quite literally) onto a deposit of agate in the Cady Mountains that is unique. I have posted pictures of it on this forum in the past. It has a high level of hematite and has moss, flow patterns, plumes, flames in earthtones and presents as both agate and jasper (even a clear green agate). A friend of mine sells it at shows.  I think there are always things to be found. Just give it plenty of time, look in likely places and keep your eyes on the ground.   eyes1
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