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Congratulations to Stonemon and his Trent Agate Cab!

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 on: Today at 02:21:19 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by ducalion
A few bad pics (will post better ones later) of my Colorado River blurple agate the hematite in some of the plumes gives it an Awesome shine this is going to fill one of my free boxes next week. Sadly this is my only discovery this winter I just didn't feel like hunting, I only spent like 24 full hours prospecting/hounding in 5 mo. I would have liked something a little more "WOW" but just didn't have the time or inclination.

 on: Today at 01:43:59 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by ducalion
So I suppose I ought introduce myself, and explain my name(rockhounds should know the name!). I'm Ty I've always loved to dig and look for rocks, lol when I was younger than I can remember I used to dig until my hands bled, and now that I read that I imagine most people might think thats kinda crazy. Ive lived in either Western Az, or owyhee county ID the majority of my life but have lived in: camas wa, lipan tx, Prescott (press-scott!) Valley Parker and lake Havasu Az, ouahu and the big island hi, and I still visit most of these places so if you live nearby let me know so next time I go we could go hounding. I tend to ramble on sometimes when writing/posting, you will have to excuse me my thoughts run much faster than I can physically type, I will try and limit the content of my posts. I love all things rock and mineral related . Well all but one that is rather absurd in my mind, that is the so called (metaphysical) properties of rocks & minerals, first the name would suggest that these stones(which are physical objects) hold properties that transcend the physical, if you want to try and understand metaphysics get a copy of Immanuel Kants critique of pure reason. Next, it scares me that soon this miracle healing will soon take someone's life; I personally have been told to hold daily stibnite and sulfur Crystals in my pocket, it's disturbing that I read that cinnabar, metatorbernite, and Galena can heal me! Or in some way me being around them is beneficial to my soul, this profiteering of the hopes of those looking for help, this avaricious behavior, will one day lead to more scrutiny on rockhounds and more regulations if you truly want to heal people enter the medical field please! Ok I'm going to rap this up by apologizing that I said I would have some of my morrisonite for sale, lol i have no saw! Yet I'm going back up to marsing next month so eventually I will sell some, if you are looking for rough (my claim) owyhee gold picture Jasper, old stock regency rose, petrified wood, or my new find this winter I'm calling blurple agate, I'm going to have a free give away (just pay priority rate shp) next week to the 1st 3rd 5th 6th and 9th people to post, If everyones happy I'll do it every so often so the people who post for the sake of others will be rewarded next time.  :hello:

 on: Today at 12:10:22 AM 
Started by ducalion - Last post by ducalion
I feel like it was worth more but I don't know all the types of agate offhand but I know I've seen this type before, lol but I do know that not knowing something while knowing to have known whats unkown leaves me with known unknowns, and i don't have to tell you about the known knowns, but the unknown knowns are what we need to know so that we don't live in a world where there may be unknown unknowns such as this bad attempt at a real speeh that was awesome oratory! Anyway if you could Id it that would be really cool I'm going to give it to my grandma who's probably not going to live through the year she was a lifelong rockhound/native American artifact collector so im hoping this is a really awesome find! Thanks

 on: February 21, 2018, 04:19:24 PM 
Started by aherodias - Last post by aherodias
Hello all:  I'm experienced in many  kinds of metal fabrication but I have never made a channel inlay cuff bracelet. I'd welcome all advice and tips regarding measurements, wire sizes, sheet sizes, setting stones, bending and fitting ...  or anything else you more experienced makers can suggest. THANK YOU!!

 on: February 21, 2018, 12:55:38 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by ToTheSummit
Was good to see you, even if we didn't get time to hound.  And I'm still cutting up rocks you gave me when I came to Utah, besides the fact that you spent a whole day showing me all your secret spots.  I figured some rough was the least that I could do for you.  Besides, I'm really curious to see how that conglomerate turns out as a sphere since it really doesn't have much use as anything else.

 on: February 20, 2018, 08:13:18 PM 
Started by steverocks - Last post by steverocks
Hello, All!
Planning on going to Madagascar, does anyone have any contacts or information that could help me get some rocks and gems while I'm on my visit.


 on: February 20, 2018, 06:55:35 PM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by ivanhoe
They do make round wire rolling mill cylinders. Often, rolling mills seem to come with half the usual flat blank plate, and the other half round wire, but some make square or half round. I think maybe Durston's are round. Some mills sell interchangeable cylinders and have round wire ones that can be switched in. The price varies wildly based upon quality. The cheapest rolling mills I've seen probably can't be trusted for doing what you need done. They have ones out of china now for $350 or less but I personally would not trust those to get the job done. I think you should call and ask ottofrei ( as they probably know.

I have an old Durston's .. half rd .. square wire .. & flat area. At the time, if I recall correctly, I purchased it when it was on sale: and at that time round wire mills were not available to the home hobbyists. That's been awhile ago.

Really $$ I am in no hurry. It is interesting to know that round wire interchangeable rollers or cylinders are available. It would be helpful to see what the round wire coming out of these less expensive mills looks like. Nice thing is that pattern rollers, & other roller options are available. Thank you!  IV 

 on: February 20, 2018, 06:44:46 PM 
Started by ivanhoe - Last post by ivanhoe

That's a fine link and great looking round rolling mill. Not that it would matter all that much $$. but it would be nice to see what the round wire coming out of this or these kind of mills actually looks like? IV

 on: February 20, 2018, 06:19:45 PM 
Started by Debbie K - Last post by PhilNM

 on: February 20, 2018, 05:57:38 PM 
Started by Sandsave - Last post by Sandsave
I went to play golf in mesquite nv, last weekend made plans to catch up with To the summit aka Karl after golf on Saturday for some rockhounding, as usual all plans went south, had a frost delay for a hour, and the groups in front of us must have been in some sort of turtle league, slowest players I've ever seen!
So I text Karl to let him know I could meet up with him as I had some material for him and not enough daylight left in the day. We made a plan to meet at a exit on I-15, what a guy he had gone out to the spots we were supposed to collect and picked me up some really nice material big enough to sphere and some nice red onyx he had collected elsewhere.
He didn't have to do that I felt guilty that he did all the work, I'll make sure he gets some nice spheres for sure...
Good guy alert!!!!!

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