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16  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: 4 -- Rainy days cabs on: December 09, 2015, 06:00:58 pm
Nice cabs!  I love the Succor creek picture jasper.  It does look like a perfect mountain landscape.
17  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Gemstone and Lapidary News, Events and Artices / Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum on: December 09, 2015, 03:17:15 pm
Just thought that I would bring this place to everyone's attention. If you are anywhere near Kentucky and have never visited it, it's well worth checking out.  They have a world class collection of Fluorite.  I've bought quite a lot of good cutting material through them, and they are always getting new stuff in stock.  They also schedule digs at local mines to get Fluorite.

They have a great Mineral Show in the summer (June 4th and 5th of 2016) that you'll want to attend too.


http://www.clementmineralmuseum.org/
18  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 09, 2015, 03:07:35 pm
Hi Bruce and welcome

We are neighbors kind sorta maybe dunno

I live in southern IN close to Evansville
Bless
Shawn

I'm about an hour and 1/2 away from Evansville.

If you haven't checked it out yet, visit the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum in Marion, KY.  It's about an hour or so from Evansville.  I've bought a lot of the material I cut from there.  I've bought most of the good stuff they had to cut, but they are always getting in new material.

http://www.clementmineralmuseum.org/
19  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 09:44:42 pm
...and a couple of cabs I cut from some of the coral:
20  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 09:43:50 pm
...here is some more pictures (honey calcite and fluorite):
21  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 09:42:40 pm
...more pictures (some of the many, many boxes):
22  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 09:41:47 pm
Some more pictures:
23  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 09:36:48 pm
Welcome from Arizona. Glad you can find good rocks to cut in Kentucky. I grew up in Virginia, where there weren't many rocks worth a second look. Sounds like you're well on your way!

I don't know that I would quite classify most of what I can find here as "good", but I've found a lot of it over the years.  Around here there is more fossilized material than anything else.  Lots of geodes, coral, gastropods, and crinoids.  I probably have at least 7500 different pieces of coral, and 500 to a 1000 gastropods...I'm not even going to attempt to count the geodes or crinoids.  I've cut several pieces of the coral, and it's hit and miss.  Some pieces are just too holey to do much with, but some pieces are quite good.  There is also lots of fluorite not too far from me.  I'll post some pictures of what I usually find in this area.
24  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hi All on: December 08, 2015, 07:42:21 pm
 welcome2  to the forum.

There's lots to learn here! 
25  The Gathering / Introductions / Cutting in Kentucky on: December 08, 2015, 04:20:26 pm
I've posted on these forums a few times, mostly to get some help with identifying some cutting material I have, but have yet to introduce myself...I thought it was about time.

I live in Kentucky and have spent a large part of my life walking around in creeks, around lakes, and wandering hillsides picking up rocks and loading my backpack to the point of barely being able to carry it.  All those years had given me a garage full of stuff that I've just started cutting into for the last six months.

I'd like to say a quick thank you to everyone on the forum, you all are very knowledgeable, and have already answered many questions I've had about cutting and cabbing by reading all the post in here.

I've already spent countless hours practicing cutting and cabbing, and have done several hundred cabs already.  Hopefully, one day I'll be able to open up my own business and start selling some of the work that I've been doing.  I've sold a few pieces already, and have got a pretty good reaction to what I've been working on.  In time, I'm sure I'll be picking everyone's brains on here as to the best ways to start a business, market, and sell stones...but first, I've got a lot more to learn to get up to the level of some of the artist I've seen post in here.  There are some exceptional pieces that I've seen posted.

Thank again for everyone's time. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute some of the things that I've learned over the years, and also learn as much as possible from everyone here.
26  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Desert on fire on: December 07, 2015, 05:24:06 pm
Some eye candy -- here's a slab that I posted about 4 years ago but was deleted :(  It sits in the I can't cut that slab because it's too pretty drawer.



That's an awesome slab!!!  I don't think I would be able to cut that either.
27  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Need some advice on cutting agates on: December 07, 2015, 03:13:31 pm
I changed the pulley out this weekend.  That solved the problem.  Cutting speed is much better.

 ura
28  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: Need some advice on cutting agates on: December 04, 2015, 04:08:17 pm
Check out this old post of mine. It might help.   http://gemstone.smfforfree4.com/index.php/topic,16216.0.html
It takes me less than a minute to cut through a two inch agate.

Thanks for the link.  That set up is similar to how I'm cutting.  I have a fenced clamped to my saw table and work the stone around to get the slab to be a even thickness.

One thing that I just realized when talking to a friend is that the pulley on my saw could be part of my problem.  The motor is running at 1750 rpms with a 2" pulley, but the saw came with a 5" pulley on it.  When we did the math on how that effects the speed of the saw, it dropped it down to only 700 rpms.  I haven't noticed any problems cutting since most of what I've been working with has been softer material.  It very well could be that my saw just isn't moving fast enough for cutting harder material.  I'm going to switch out the pulley tomorrow and see what happens.
29  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Need some advice on cutting agates on: December 04, 2015, 03:25:45 pm
Ok...here's my problem.  I have hundreds of great pieces of agate that I'm wanting to start cutting up, but I'm limited with only having a 6" trim saw.  Some of the agate pieces I have are up to 6" thick and a few even bigger.  I've been able to cut some of the pieces, but I'm finding that even smaller pieces only about an inch to two inches thick are nearly impossible or at least extremely time consuming to cut.

Or course, I do know that what I am trying to do is simply overkill for the size saw I have, but still looking for an ideas or advice.

I bought a very good blade just for cutting them, but just trying to cut a Brazilian agate that was about 1 1/2" in diameter took at least 30 minutes or more, and since I don't have auto feed or gravity feed on my saw, my hands were wore out from trying to push the vise with the stone into the blade.

I'm wanting to find a much bigger saw (at least a 16" up to a 24"), and price isn't too much of an issue, location is...I've been watching for almost a year, and can't find one that isn't just too far to go pick up.  Until I find one, does anyone have any tricks to cutting agates?

30  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: More Mystery Rocks to ID on: November 25, 2015, 04:08:28 pm
The first one looks like wonderstone.

I didn't think about wonderstone.  I was thinking that wonderstone was basically a sandstone, but after looking it up, it can be a rhyolite too.  The piece I have is definitely not any type of sandstone, but it may be rhyolite wonderstone.

Thank you!
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