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Congratulations to Bobby1 and his Brazilian Agate Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: August 09, 2022, 06:46:01 PM 
Started by Ryaly2dogs - Last post by R.U. Sirius
Beautiful! Did poppy jasper survive on its own, or did you have to stabilize the rough first?

 on: August 09, 2022, 05:50:58 PM 
Started by james_baker509 - Last post by Perkins17
Hey there, I was just in Yakima on Saturday! I'm a Spokane resident myself. Those are some really neat finds. Unfortunately I couldn't persuade the other members of the car to stop for any hounding.  What are going to do with those finds?

 on: August 09, 2022, 01:26:23 PM 
Started by james_baker509 - Last post by 55fossil
Welcome... and give the stones time to work.   I spent 8 years in the Air Force, mostly working in places with no windows and not spoken of. The rocks have been a blessing in many ways. I find humanity can be highly overrated.
    Anyway, keep looking for what makes you feel more at peace with the rocks. My first choice is in looking for stone to turn into cabochons and I loved tumble polishing. While I cannot be cutting cabochons all the time you can just let the tumbler run hope for some beauties to appear. Rule 1 in my book: Junk in gets junk out. It takes time to find out what material yields really nice, tumbled stone so give it time. I still get some bad pieces in every batch. keep trying and good luck

 on: August 09, 2022, 08:39:44 AM 
Started by james_baker509 - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Welcome to the forum. You came to the right place. Here's a link to an archived carving board the current owners preserved for all.

The great info on the old version of this forum would have been lost if not for the current owners.

 on: August 09, 2022, 08:25:45 AM 
Started by Ryaly2dogs - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Another few recent spheres to post.  First is a Flower Jade that is partially vulcanized which also adds to its name as a Flower Vulcan Jade, which comes out of Porterville, CA.  The flowers I am told are likely oxidized iron inclusions, and the "vulcan" portion was related to high heat during formation, which also gives it sorts of a sheen in certain lighting as well.  It was exceedingly hard and forced me to use a friends higher powered Fireball 2-headed machine after 4 days of futilely grinding on my lower powered 3-headed machine with little to show for it.

Second is the getting harder to find Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper, took me 2 years to find rough large enough and at an affordable price to get a sphere out of it.  Been working on some Hornitos Poppy Jasper spheres as well from a nice rough piece I recently acquired at the Culver City show from Jeff Lines.  Hope all are doing well out there.   

 on: August 08, 2022, 04:25:40 PM 
Started by AgateLicker - Last post by AgateLicker
Just hand shaping freeforms in the kitchen sink these days, but when I get a chance I'll work some up as shiny as I can get it and let you know about the undercutting. It's something I'm worried about too.

 on: August 08, 2022, 03:14:28 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by james_baker509
Great work! I esp. dig the honeycomb, being an Apprentice Beekeeper :)

 on: August 08, 2022, 03:04:49 PM 
Started by james_baker509 - Last post by james_baker509
My wife and I attended a wedding in Yakima, WA last month, and we drove the tortured path there and back. On our way back, she endured a 90 minute stop, south of Royal City and here is what we collected in about 90 minutes;

Also, stopped in at farm stand to buy fruit and produce, and found this hidden gem! a local farmer dug up a mammoth skellie, their farm equipment scrapped the skull and exposed it, and they had their work on display! Very interesting, indeed! Frenchman Hills Mammoth, about 40 minutes south of Moses Lake.

My bucket list is to find several mammoth teeth, I'd love to try and expose the beauty of carving a fossilized/opalized bone.

 on: August 08, 2022, 02:29:22 PM 
Started by Itsandbits - Last post by james_baker509
I know this thread is almost a decade old, but this information is pertinent.

My sister runs a furniture shop in Seattle, and uses Greyhound to ship big pieces across the region/country. I don't know her exact calculus, but it seems reasonable enough that she does it often. This may be a way to ship heavier items without the big players, UPS, USPS, FedEx, or DHL...

 on: August 08, 2022, 12:02:00 PM 
Started by james_baker509 - Last post by james_baker509
Hello all!
James from Spokane, WA~

Came here to find tips on carving and tools for carving jade. I find quite a few specimens in alluvial pebbles and cobbles in the river and 'see' the story trying to burst out! I'm no artist but I feel it it helps me not be so angry as I have to concentrate on the work. At this point, I feel fossicking around is a lot of fun, and tumbling minerals doesn't return as much joy as I thought it would.

I hope to learn a lot of good information from you folks!


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