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16  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: I split it but I don't think it'll burn on: July 28, 2014, 04:46:14 pm
Another impressive find! Are the fires causing you problems for hounding? Wish we were going that way but the wife and I are going to Montana for 10 days this Saturday
17  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Montana question on: July 28, 2014, 04:42:40 pm
coming in on 16 from Regina, down to Glendive, along I94 to Billings, then I90-Livingston,Bozeman,Butte,Anaconda,Missoula, I15 to Helena, great Falls and points in around all of these I think, and any other place we maybe directed to if we are lucky, not sure where else my navigator has planned but I did hear of the possibility of a zip-line, a cave or two and of course food, plus going back to Gem Mountain to do some fun sapphire hunting, did it the last time and it was alot of fun. The book I was referring to is Rockhounding Montana, which does give you some old locations areas but they are now private land or a strip mall LOL, it at least gives you an approximate idea what you may find in an area, which we kinda need as we still new to this (5 years) and we're still stepping on top of what we're looking for as we are not sure what it looks like in the wild ura
18  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Montana question on: July 28, 2014, 12:15:16 pm
Wife and I are headed to Montana this weekend for 10-14 days, any one from Montana want to pm me with possible to find items other that are in the typical Montana rockhounding books or would like to show us where?
cheers
19  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Buse Lake dig June 14/14 on: July 08, 2014, 12:59:33 pm
Well it's nice to have met someone who knows where Buse Lake is, cause when we were in the area we couldn't find it and we did spend just a few kilometers looking dunno We did find a piece by chance by a road scraping in the area, so that at least made the wife happy especially when she found it. Going to have to try and arrange something with you the next time we are out your way.

Congrats on your find and hard work, seriously jealous clapper iamjealous
20  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Indian Mountain Dig May 19 2014 on: May 22, 2014, 12:55:16 pm
Nice haul, I can now see if we had the chance to hook up last year when I was out that way you would've put us to work ura, not like our walk around a bit and if it's not on the surface....next spot please walker, wife isn't into the real work to collect  bricks somehow she hasn't gotten into the mind set that you do have to work for your material, although if she would've known about the blue agate she would've been in there. Maybe next time we're out there you can give us some exercise.
cheers
Joe
21  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Frigid on: February 27, 2014, 11:31:23 am
mean while up in Canada, it's so cold here we have to scrape our dogs off of the fire hydrants  yippie ura Yup and March is coming in like a lion with expected lows of -40 with day time highs of -32 yippee
22  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: I hit a nice pocket! on: January 28, 2014, 11:46:48 am
Like WOW! so jealous that's in your back yard so to speak. Drooling over all of your material on Flickr, up in Saskatchewan,Canada we are in the land of have-nots, hence the reason we try to get to the USA once a year some where just to try and find the cobble you leave behind  ura
One of these times we are going to have to go to Idaho as the photos you have just make us droooool!
23  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Fascinating Facets / Looking for Graves Mark IV owners manual on: October 10, 2013, 09:48:08 am
Hi all, I just bought a used MarkIV last night from a former members estate sale, and it came with laps etc but no owners/instruction book for it. Would anyone have an electronic copy or know of where I may find one other than going to Grave's directly or is that the best bet?

Can't wait to play, I just need to know if this is complete or not.
24  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: carvings 2013, December to end of August updated Aug-26 on: October 04, 2013, 02:42:43 pm
I hope I am speaking for all of the other lurkers here WOW!!!! yippie

I know myself I should chime in more times than I do and being a hopeful carver this winter, your work truly is inspirational and is getting me off the couch so to speak as my garage will be heated next week as that's where I'm planning to do my carving.

Please continue to post as we lurkers do appreciate the time and effort you put into your work and your posts even if we do not post our comments and appreciation.

So here's a hats off to you  hatsoff
25  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Need help deciding on magnetic flat lap for club use on: October 04, 2013, 10:43:29 am
Wow thanks for the info, never even thought of the edges, that does totally make sense. Now would you suggest finding one with a variable speed, I was leaning towards the way of the CrystalMaster Pro 12, haven't really seen any real bad reviews on it.  Any one else have any good, bad or ugly about using magnetic or flat laps.
26  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Need help deciding on magnetic flat lap for club use on: October 03, 2013, 10:36:27 am
Reasoning the club wants a flat lap and magnetic is the ease of changing pads, no tools required and a lot of people want to have a polished flat back for any size or shape of cabs and slabs.
27  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Need help deciding on magnetic flat lap for club use on: October 02, 2013, 01:07:42 pm
Hi all, I have been put in charge for buying a 12" or larger magnetic flat machine for our club, does anyone use one that is to die for yippie

I would like it to be a table top one as floor space is limited in our workshop, and our bench is plumbed and has drain lines to a sludge collector.

Been thinking of CrystalMaster Pro 12 but some people are talking about 18", we do have the money, so this is why I thought I would reach out to this community to find out pros cons etc., before I order something and have it shipped North (Canada) just to find out I should have ordered something else.

Thanking you in advance for your suggestions
28  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Kamloops area rockhounding trip on: April 27, 2013, 11:56:52 am
Hi we are going to be in your area soon and sent you a message (not sure if it worked) and just wondering if you could point us in the right direction or a contact or two. We are still fledgling rock members of Prairie Rock & Gem Society, in Regina, Sk.

cheers
29  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / what saw? on: April 02, 2012, 06:40:01 am
Just wondering what type/brand of saw you have found works the best for cutting the thin narrow strips. Anyone using a band saw or trim saw. Wanting to do intarsia but anything I have or our club has the trimmed piece would fall in between the base of the saw and the saw blade. Or have some of you made a plate which fits on the top of the saw with a groove just wide enough for the blade to go through? Best blade thickness/brand?

cheers
Iwannarock
30  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Snake Question on: March 18, 2012, 07:07:09 pm
Thanks for all of the info thus far. Carrying a gun, well the missus wouldn't like that and we are leaving the dogs at home. I was a Boy Scout leader for 16 years so have had some close encounters with the black and brown bears and staying hydrated and having first aid kits on one self is second nature.

Definitely gonna have to find a couple of the gem scoops as they are so multi-purpose for picking up rocks and keeping things at bay, plus can be used as walking sticks as well.

Looks like we' won't be camping as we're still not sure what type of camper we want to have, and this trip will be a fairly fast one, so we will be taking plenty of notes on where to return to and spend more time the next time we're this way. Problem is there are so many different rocks and minerals across the USA, one really doesn't know where to start. We have seen all of the Treasure Hunter shows with Kristen Gum, and our favorites were with fire agates and the Brazil show. If the missus has her way we'll be trying to go to Brazil in a couple of years for a week or two winter get away.

Still appreciate any and all suggestions.

cheers
Iwannarock
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