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1  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Wanted, dead 6 inch Diamond Genie Wheels on: April 24, 2016, 07:52:35 pm
Bob:

     2 soft and 2 galaxy wheels would be great. It would be a mixture of plume agate and Deer Sky Jasper and some stuff from private collecting. If you recall I had some material called Lightning Bolt and I have a little of that left. If you do not like what I send you can keep it and I will still send you the money. I am pretty sure you will be happy with it. Take a peak at dspjgems.com if you are not familiar with my jasper.
    Are you looking for rough to make cabochons to display or??? A lot of the better Deer Sky jasper is small pieces that makes great cabochons. Had ten pages in Jewelry digest a couple years back, July of 2014. Too many different patterns and colors to list. If you want rock just send me your address and it will go out soon. I have an appointment with the VA and hopefully a trip to the mine on Wednesday. Mostly I have a lot of time working at the house.

thanks again,  Neal
2  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Wanted, dead 6 inch Diamond Genie Wheels on: April 23, 2016, 11:42:07 am
Bob;

   Several dozen????  You have been having too much fun. Two hard and two soft Nova wheels would be great. Flat rate USPS shipping and your choice of:
1.    $40 cash or paypal plus shipping  ($55)
or
2.    10 pounds of good cutting jaspers, no junk, no tumble material.  We each pay the shipping.

e-mail with the specifics please;  blueowyheegems@aol.com

thank you,  Neal
3  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Wanted, dead 6 inch Diamond Genie Wheels on: April 23, 2016, 06:41:01 am
    I am not looking for wheels to refurbish or put diamond on and bring back to life. But I need a few wheels for playing with in my shop. If my little project works out I will post the results... most of my projects come out so-so at best but I need to tinker. So, if anyone has any type of Genie Wheels, hard or soft, I would be interested. I will pay shipping and a small fee for the dead wheels. I think $10 each is fair and 3 wheels would work. thanks,  Neal
4  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / Re: Utah Yellow Cat petrified wood or ???? on: April 16, 2016, 11:33:02 am
Thanks much for the info. I guess I will sell the cheaper stuff. I do have some of the fortification pieces and ... I was told it was called Dripping Rock Agate. On package deals I rarely get picky. I keep what I like and sell the rest. Sometimes it is cheap no name stuff I like the best due to patterns. Which is why I will be selling a couple tons of rough on e-bay soon. Some premium stuff, some mixed lots.   thanks again
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / pictures on: April 15, 2016, 07:09:35 pm
    Okay, had some sun and took some pictures. Added some pieces that were similar to what I think is Yellow Cat. Any ideas on any of the pictures are welcome.  thanks
6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / Utah Yellow Cat petrified wood or ???? on: April 14, 2016, 07:04:10 pm
     I will post pictures tomorrow if I get some sunshine. So, does anyone know how to identify Yellow Cat Wood.  I have a mixed pile of petrified wood with similar characteristics: yellow, red, some green and black. Many pieces are easy to identify as Arizona Wood. But, there are many pieces that could be from Henry's Mountain Utah or AZ that look similar to Yellow Cat. As there is a huge price difference I am trying to be certain. One thing I noticed are reds spots floating in agate over a mostly red agate stone.

      I looked at dozens of pictures on the internet that were identified as Yellow Cat or looked similar. I also talked to several experts and none of them said much more than they knew their wood was Yellow Cat but most for sale on internet was not Yellow Cat.

     Any help would be appreciated.   Pictures you know are definitely Yellow Cat a plus.
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Any clue as to what this is? Coprolite? Youngite? on: April 12, 2016, 10:36:16 am
Could you post another pic or two of the exterior. Coprolite comes in a lot of sizes and shape. Now granted, 20 pounds is a lot of s..., but a turd is a turd and dinosaurs were big. I am not certain that there is a given "normal" for the interiors of Dino Poop but the outside looks possible. cool posting
8  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Knife Handles Artwork / Tutorials / Re: Custom Jade knives finished yesterday - on: April 11, 2016, 05:44:11 am
Beautiful....  maybe I should say exceptional as well.
9  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / trim saw helpers I use on: April 07, 2016, 03:44:38 pm
   Basic trim saws have many shortcomings. I always hate that you cannot put a large slab on them so I made a simple fix. I cut a piece of Plexiglas the size of the deck and the height of the sides. I cut a slot in it just large enough to go around the saw blade. Drop he Plexiglas onto the saw deck and you can now lay a large slab on the Plexiglas and have all the room needed. Yes, a little water dribbles off the side. You can also remove the front water shield to get those really big slabs on your small trim saw.

    Helper two:  I was having a group of school kids cut their own geodes. Water everywhere and what if a rock flies loose?? So I made a simple Plexiglas cover. The kids could reach through from the sides and hold the rock. This stopped the water and they could watch their rock turn into a gem.

     Number three:  slab cutter. I have the grabbers for cutting slabs but really do not care for the way they work. I simply cut some wood to fit between the saw blade and the edge of the saw. I attached screws and washers to hook it to the side of the saw. Just put the flat side of your small rock against the wood and slide it into the blade. You will get slab after slab the size you set it up for. You need to cut the wood extremely square and leave the amount of space you want for the width of your slabs.
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Burned by baked carnelian? Bummer! / natural on: April 07, 2016, 03:29:19 pm
   Went out to my rock pile and pulled out a couple old pieces of rock that looked bake. I collected both of these so I know they are natural. The small piece is from the Owyhee's in eastern Oregon. The big piece comes from an area west of the Willow Creek jasper mine in Idaho. There was a lot of it and I thought I hit a home run until I cut some. It is all very boring inside and no sign of heat. It does not polish.
    ????  If this material got hot enough to melt the outside I do not think the inside could be as white as most of these pieces. It has a waxy feel to the skin. While it is hard on the outside it breaks pretty easy. I think the surface is just a natural finish that is mineral related, not heat.  I do agree there is a lot of heated material out there.  neal
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: More adventures in water-based cutting juice on: April 07, 2016, 06:17:23 am
       I just use water... but I built some shields to help keep me dry. My health is bad enough so having to wonder about what I am breathing or putting my hands in is out of the question now. Sooo, think about this. I purchased a Lortone basic saw and added the motor and put it on a simple base. If you buy a TS-10 which is the 10 inch trim saw it is $370 plus shipping. So call it $400. If you use it for 40 months with water and had to replace it that is 10 dollars a month. Probably less than many people spend on oils and such. I have used my Lortone 6 inch trim saw with plain water for over 5 years and still runs like a top. So I am under 5 dollars a month and no worries. I do clean and dry it each day after I am done.
    I will try and add some pictures of the shields I made later today.
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Newest COPCO Agate Cab on: April 02, 2016, 11:36:55 am
My best guess would be Montana Agate.
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: How to stop facetting stones. on: March 23, 2016, 04:10:08 pm
   Time to let the elephant out of the room. Do you mean you are getting flat spots from your coarse grinding? I hope I am not the only one who is wondering if that is what you meant. 
14  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Old stock Holley on: March 23, 2016, 04:05:33 pm
   Yep, new or old that is gorgeous. Still cannot figure out why they called it Holley Blue Agate. Anyone out there know the answer?
15  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Intarsias / Commesso, and Composite Type Cabs / Tutorials / Re: How to make domed intarsia cabochons on: March 20, 2016, 10:29:18 am
   Love this piece. Can you give the facts on it? What is the center stone, who made it?????  I dream of pieces like that center stone....  neal
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