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 on: Today at 12:07:02 AM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by Windenzee
If anyone is selling some of that Orange Obsidian, I would be interested. Not living in the States prevents me from going rock-hounding for it myself.
Karen

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 on: August 17, 2017, 11:12:02 PM 
Started by sealdaddy - Last post by sealdaddy
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-weird-things-that-happen-during-an-eclipse/

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 on: August 17, 2017, 10:26:23 PM 
Started by SATXCabs - Last post by southerly
Apatite would be my bet too.

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 on: August 17, 2017, 10:07:45 PM 
Started by Redrummd - Last post by Redrummd
I am going to try to go to glass buttes this year to load up on knapping material. Maybe I can get some of this!

When?  My partner and I plan to go back for another day in hole 4 in late October.

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 on: August 17, 2017, 09:53:44 PM 
Started by reefandrockgirl - Last post by Redrummd
Michael Hoover ROCKS!!!   Just got my box yesterday and irs awesomeness!!!   Great cabbing slabs and most are marked and or bagged!  I thoight it wss going to be his rare and beautigul saw scrap but its mostly slabs and slabbetts!!!   They are beauties and they are by far the nicest stuff I have!  Some questions tho. You can look at flint knapping relics and learn some stuff. Looking at Michaels saw scrap I would like to know what slabbing saw he uses, what type of feed system, what blade and what coolant?  These slabs are so very smooth!!!   Also what are you using to trim out knife scales?  The slabs look like you sawed the circular end out like it was butter with a wire! Once again Michael thanks for your big giving gesture!!! BILL

I have top end Barranca saws and even slab wit the 24 inch MK 303 and the 18 inch with a MK 301.  These saws are modified somewhat to ensure that the vise stays true to the blade and I pretty much use JB weld to glue blocks of wood to the rough to ensure no movement in the vise.

I use a modified Gryphon bandsaw - again stiffened to keep the blade tight and running pretty straight.  I toss the blades if the get a knife edge back or as soon as any section looses the diamond plating.   At times I go through a blade per hour of run time so I buy 100 at a time.

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 on: August 17, 2017, 09:42:44 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by Rockoteer
    Anything can be a lapidary tool with a little work. You can take the grinding wheels off and replace them with pulleys. Step down the RPM's and drive a grinder, polisher or other Lapidary machine. That is a great unit with lots of HP and ball bearings....  Find a nice arbor to use with it and you are in business. You could even use it to power a saw. Put on the thinking cap and good luck,  neal
Do you really think that 1/4 hp is enough?  I suppose if you stepped it down with pulleys .... but then you have to drive another arbor.

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 on: August 17, 2017, 09:39:06 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by John Robinson
Thanks! "Real photographers" really? (Lol) I have 5000 digital-altered images posted on my Facebook page but I will admit that they are longer just photographs..
My computer is need of repair and I am trying survive with just an iPhone until I can acquire a motherboard for the computer, so I will have to wait on the fast stone program but thanks

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 on: August 17, 2017, 08:50:20 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by hummingbirdstones
IMO - perfect picture size is 600 x 800 for the forum.

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 on: August 17, 2017, 07:41:01 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by edgarscale
i'm really glad to her this.  i hate to throw away good stuff.  thanks..

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 on: August 17, 2017, 06:13:08 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Here's a great resizer. Easy to use, and has been adopted by others here on the forum already.

http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm

Also might try a tripod with your camera's delay timer to get sharper images, and let us see the colors you get without any editing. That might help the real photographers on here (not me) give you tips on white balance, etc.

Love what you posted. Colors like that always get my attention!


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