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Congratulations to wheatguy and his Pietersite Cab!

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 on: November 22, 2017, 08:32:24 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by irockhound
Yep they are an awesome deal and very handy in the field.

 on: November 22, 2017, 06:30:09 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by lithicbeads
Unusual and beautiful , thanks for enlightening us.

 on: November 22, 2017, 02:44:54 PM 
Started by lapidaryrough - Last post by lapidaryrough
    Material listed on page is for 10''-14'' saws.

    Please email for sizes  for 24'' saws.

    Went through the store, Stock boy cleaned shop. need too share my world more...Later

  Contact page for  email & Phone   Jack Cole


 on: November 22, 2017, 02:27:39 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by irockhound
On one of my last trips to Texas before the ranch sold and was closed I stopped by a rock shop and he had some Arizona Wood.  He wanted a lot $20. per lb and I thought no way for wood.  I looked through the pieces and spotted this gem and saw the black patterns that showed on both ends of the roughly 6 to 7" piece and no obvious cross fractures so common in the wood.  I talked him down to $12. per lb for the 3 pieces I wanted.  1st pic is the rind I saw and the 2nd 2 pics are slices.  Really lucked out on this piece of wood, hard to come by it.  Last pic is unrelated but is a piece of the Golden Lace Plume Mary Frances Strong talked about in her early books.  I found the spot a few years ago going from her old maps.  This was a piece I decided to pull out and slice.  The material comes out in pieces so you have to orient the odd shapes to get the slice or 2 out of each.

 on: November 22, 2017, 02:25:02 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by gemfeller
I just found and ordered one on EBay.  Just do a search for " Phileex 395 nM 51 UV Ultraviolet LED flashlight Blacklight."  There seem to be lots of them available for under $10 delivered.

 on: November 22, 2017, 02:15:02 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by irockhound
It was made by phileex.  I'll add the link here but on amazon it says currently unavailable.  Very strong and well built and inexpensive.  I think I only paid around $10. for it and very happy with it.  You might be able to find it someplace besides Amazon/

 on: November 22, 2017, 12:38:43 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by Kaljaia
Gorgeous material! Sounds like quite a trip, and glad that rattler encounter turned out well.

What blacklight do you use?

 on: November 22, 2017, 12:20:38 PM 
Started by lapidaryrough - Last post by sammygator
I am interested. Please PM with details if you want to sell any.


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 on: November 22, 2017, 10:53:54 AM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by Amethyst Rose
I have a few chucks of original Howardite still around and have obtained some slabs of material they are calling Royal Flamingo Agate.  The Royal Flamingo looks similar to the Howardite but rarely has any of the true rattlesnake pattern I associate with Howardite.  Much is also in more brown and tan shades then the rose to orangey purple that I associate with high end Howardite. 

The chunk on the left is much more red then any howardite or Royal flamingo I have ever seen but looks like it was formed by a similar process. 

Nice looking material, let us know how it cuts as I have found a lot of fine cracks in howardite.

Bob Johannes
The Amethyst Rose

 on: November 22, 2017, 10:21:49 AM 
Started by MurphyStone - Last post by MurphyStone
Thanks!  Your ideas are all very creative.  I'm looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.  Do you think the holes that you drilled to pop the stone in and out of would work if you didn't drill them all the way through the wire?  I think I will experiment with some scrap and see what happens.   :icon_sunny:

Yes, but out of habit I just drilled all the way through.   I may go back and fill them with silver wire and solder it up on the outside.  I know this is possible because I had gotten one diamond pilot hole out of place and filled it to drill correctly. 

With a good bur set I am sure you could work the perfect notch to set.  I started flying blind and used drill bits before thing oh my setting bur would make a perfect seat for this. 

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