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31  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: puzzles missing pieces... on: January 15, 2015, 07:01:10 pm
The wife and I are always doing puzzles.  For a while I was glueing them together when finished with the intention of decorating a room with them someday.  I ended up with a stack of about 20 puzzles glued together before I realized it was a waste.  Now I put them back in the box to be reassembled another time.  There is almost always a puzzle underway on our dining room table.  Puzzles are very theraputic to me.  I can sit over one for hours.
32  The Gathering / Contests and Competitions / Re: Vote for the Killer Cab Contest November and December 2014 on: January 14, 2015, 05:13:16 pm
Yeah, that was a runaway this time.  Well deserved win.  Very nice cab there, congrats.
33  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Quick introduction on: January 14, 2015, 05:09:41 pm
Welcome from Las Vegas.  You will find answers to just about any questions here.  Many knowledgeable and experienced people here.  Montana agates are one of my favorite stones.  Looking forward to seeing what you cut.
34  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: old geiser in a new forum... on: January 10, 2015, 08:56:09 am
Welcome from Las Vegas.

One of the reasons I love this forum is that a guy can be creeping up on 50 and still be considered a "kid" around here! LOL
35  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Charoite (possibly at Quartzsite?) on: January 10, 2015, 08:03:24 am
Hey RxScram, will you still be there in two weeks for Tony's BBQ?  Thats when I'm coming down.  If not, and I have no luck finding some charoite at Quartzsite, maybe we can talk later.
36  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Looks like fall on: January 09, 2015, 08:28:52 pm
Yep, looks like fall leaves.  Nice material, hopefully it holds up to the cabbing.
37  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / One rock, two stones...the 90 degree lesson. on: January 09, 2015, 06:20:17 pm
One of the first things I think we all learn is how different a stone can be just depending on how it is cut.  Orientation changes everything.  So here is my first good example of cutting two completely different stones from one rock.

I started with a piece of Owyhee.  Not a large chunk, probably about the size of a baseball and shaped like a loaf of bread.  Cut an end cut and a slab off one end and decided I wasn't getting the pattern I wanted.  So I rotated it 90 degrees and cut the rest into 3 more slabs.  Then I proceeded to cut two hearts.

Here is the first heart (which also happened to be one of my first test slabs when I started drilling holes for pendants).  This was the slab I cut off the end first.


Here is the second heart.  This was from the slabs cut the opposing direction.


Both hearts side by side.


And a picture to show the original orientation of the stones in the rough.


One thing I was really pleased to see was the red that showed up in the second one.  That was completely unexpected and made a nice addition to the heart.  I'll call it my "bleeding heart" cab.  But overall I thought this was a fine example of how drastically a stone can change due to orientation.
38  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: First finished stone of 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 07:57:27 pm
Real nice piece of moss agate, looks like the older material from India.
I remember that the guy I bought it from mentioned India.  I also bought some bloodstone and another chunk of fancy jasper from him.
39  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Rock and Gem January on: January 08, 2015, 06:00:15 pm
"We don't need no stinkin diamonds!"

I love your big cabs Bob.  There is no one better qualified to pontificate on the subject.
40  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Where to get rocks? on: January 07, 2015, 03:20:52 pm
I'll try to get a medium FR box put together this weekend.  I'll let you know details and get a shipping address from you when I have it ready.
41  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Visiting Australlia on: January 06, 2015, 05:24:49 pm
I really wish I would've been into rocks (at least the way I am into them now) when I lived in Australia in the 80s.  I lived in QLD also.  Spent 6 months in Atherton (Allen should know where that is).  I remember driving out to Chillagoe caverns and spending the day climbing through dusty caves full of huge spiders.  I can just imagine what kind of rocks were all around me at the time and I never knew it!
42  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: First finished stone of 2015 on: January 06, 2015, 05:19:11 pm
It was a from a chunk I bought last year at Quartzsite. Some guy over at the PowWow had a few different things I wanted and moss agate was one of them.
43  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Where to get rocks? on: January 06, 2015, 05:16:32 pm
I feel for people who live in rock-free zones.  We probably toss aside rocks here that folks down your way would love to get their hands on.  I have yet to delve into purchasing from eBay so I have no advice there (other than to 'be wary').  But I do know there are some great vendors out there, and as Dick mentioned some of them are right here on these forums.

I have shared rocks with other forum members in the past.  If you would be interested in a box full of my local rocks I'd be happy to send one to you.  You just cover my cost for a flat rate box and I can pack one right now with the stuff lying around my yard.  Its nothing super awesome (mostly my local agate and onyx) but for the cost of shipping you might enjoy it.
44  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / First finished stone of 2015 on: January 06, 2015, 03:47:23 pm
Kicked this year off with a moss agate.  First cab I finished in the new year.  In hindsight I wish I would've taken pics of the slab/preform because I would enter it in the KCC just because it was the years first stone.  But I didn't think about that before I started, so instead I'll just share it with you here.


45  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Charoite (possibly at Quartzsite?) on: December 30, 2014, 02:48:24 pm
I have had multiple women now ask me to make something for them from charoite.  That bold lavender color just does something to women I guess!  Anyway, it commands a pretty hefty price and I am skeptical about buying any without putting my hands on it first.  But I trust the good people of this forum.  If anyone has recommendations about shopping for some charoite it would be appreciated.  What to look for, what should I pay for it, how do I know its a decent quality?  These are all things I could use some advice on.

Also, if anyone sees it being sold in Quartzsite, especially at a fair price, let me know.  I might drive down on a weekend just for that (I already plan on being there for the weekend of the PowWow).

Also, feel free to share pics of charoite in this thread if you want.  It really is a gorgeous stone!
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