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Congratulations to Stonemon and his Trent Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: February 22, 2018, 05:37:58 PM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Welcome (back?) to the forum. Your username seems familiar.

We're in Chino Valley (near Preskit), AZ. Actually, it's just mostly the old Arizona cowboys that said "Preskit". My theory on that is that they always had a "dip" in between the cheek and gum, so that's just how the name came out. Having lived here for over 30 years now, though, it's easy to tell when someone is from elsewhere. They say "Pres-scott" - just like I did when I first moved here. Most people who live here pronounce it more like "Press-cut".

The accepted convention on place names is that they're pronounced the way the natives say them. Having grown up in the Appalachian (apple-latch-in) Mountains this has been the source of many lively debates.

 on: February 22, 2018, 03:20:25 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by 55fossil
    Well, where do we sign up for the rich peoples Lapidary Forum so we do not have to hear from all these poor people? My saw is broke, I am new to rock hounding and only have an old saw and a broken grinder, please help me...   I am certain these people are just wasting our time after reading some of the previous posts. I have a complete lapidary shop but my big saw is only 24 inches. Not sure if I will be invited to the rich folks club since I do not have a 36 inch saw. And damn it, I bought my saws used and fixed em up. Yes Sheldon, that is sarcasm!!!!!

    Anyway, there are rich people who do not appreciate shit either because they can afford to go to another class some other time if something more important comes up.  There is no ONE answer to what to charge and who will appreciate it. I generally go to private classes at a private home so I can get direct hands on instructions. But I remember in my younger days going to a lapidary shop at a public school. The Gresham, OR club provided all instructors, equipment and upkeep. There was a small fee requested and boy did I "appreciate" the volunteer instructors. Now my work is well recognized and has been published in magazines and books. No, I am not a full time professional. Thank you all who donate your time and instructions, whatever the price.  Neal

 on: February 22, 2018, 11:54:08 AM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by Debbie K
I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys sooner; been having computer problems and had difficulty getting rid of a virus. I can't post on my other computer for some reason, so had to wait until I got this one back up and running.

Thank all of you guys for your input. I have been teaching folks carving for free and have found that they don't really value it when they pay nothing. They don't show up when they're supposed to, don't seem to want to listen to instructions and want to use my supplies. And these were my friends; I can only imagine how much worse it would be if they were strangers. I used to teach polymer clay sculpting at the local community college and craft stores, so I can set up a curriculum and teach. I made good money and really enjoyed it, but had to quit when I developed horrible health problems from the clay.

I think I will have to supply tools; diamond burs, files and grit, stones, wheels, etc. Otherwise, I'll have to buy the individual supplies and hold them for the next class and just sort of rent them out. The club has Foredoms, saws and grinders and they will be available for use. Also, I will have to provide material or else some people will want to carve jade, some soapstone, etc. It would be almost impossible to try to have the class keep up with each other without some consistency in material.

For a beginning class I think it would be best to have a set thing to do, like a leaf or shell or a bear. Something simple so folks would have a finished piece at the end. If I do an advanced class, I would like to focus on faces since that's what I'm good at. But I don't honestly know how many people would be interested.

I'm trying to find a happy medium, one that would satisfy students, the club and me. I found out yesterday that the club cost would be less than they originally said, so I'm hopeful that the cost can be moderate enough that people will be able to take it.

Again, thanks!

Debbie K

 on: February 22, 2018, 10:38:47 AM 
Started by Stonemon - Last post by zurn
Would you have enough of that material that you might want to
sell some?
I just posted on buy sell thread looking for some Trent

 on: February 22, 2018, 10:19:39 AM 
Started by zurn - Last post by zurn
Hi all
Been a while since Ive posted here
But I have ironically been searching for what won the cabbing contest
superior quality trent agate or any nice plume but really looking for the
stuff that won the contest
beauty by the way

 on: February 22, 2018, 09:10:06 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by yukonjade

  Glad to have you Ty! looking forward to some photos.

                          Bend---Oregon :headbang:

 on: February 22, 2018, 07:02:20 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by Jhon P
Welcome from Nevada

 on: February 22, 2018, 07:00:00 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by Jhon P
Looks like Brazilian agate

 on: February 22, 2018, 06:24:10 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by ducalion
Thanks she should enjoy it. Damn my wretched phone camera! that banding is hard to capture in hindsight I shouldn't have posted, I need a way to post from my Kodak Kodachrome!

 on: February 22, 2018, 04:53:36 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by peruano
Of course its worth it as a gift to special person, and as something that caught your eye.  I hope the recipient enjoys the rock as much as you did the acquisition. 

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