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« 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.
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2015, 04:49:56 pm »

Welcome from southern New Mexico.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 04:55:32 pm »

Welcome from Canada!

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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 07:50:59 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!
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« Reply #5 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.


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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2015, 09:41:47 pm »

Some more pictures:


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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2015, 09:42:40 pm »

...more pictures (some of the many, many boxes):


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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2015, 09:43:50 pm »

...here is some more pictures (honey calcite and fluorite):


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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2015, 09:44:42 pm »

...and a couple of cabs I cut from some of the coral:


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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2015, 07:12:33 am »

Good enough! Those coral cabs should make up for lots of misses.
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2015, 02:32:01 pm »

Hi Bruce and welcome

We are neighbors kind sorta maybe dunno

I live in southern IN close to Evansville
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« Reply #12 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
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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/
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