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 11 
 on: September 09, 2021, 12:52:02 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by irockhound
Actually I have only been once but had no problem finding wood, just looked in the right spots I guess.  SoCalAgatehound did the best pulling a very sizeable piece out.  The other person on the trip also did great with plenty of success.  Didn't mean to make it sound like I have been there often was just my experience when I was there.  Now areas in SoCal like Cady's, Calico, Red Rock Cyn., Horse Canyon and Nipomo and I know them like the back of my hand.

I plan on going back again as I enjoyed collecting in Oregon.  Funny the way luck (rock angels) works.  I even found Sagenite in Green agate at Hart Mountain too.


 12 
 on: September 08, 2021, 05:21:45 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Steve - you must know the area better than some people. We looked for comparable rough after we bought this piece in 2020, and the pickings online were pretty slim. Lots of smaller pieces with less pattern and color, and people were saying it was hard to find.

Saw a few pieces with color similar to this online recently. Rough was $30/lb, and polished specimens were $$$$.

 13 
 on: September 08, 2021, 01:55:12 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by irockhound
Hampton Butte is fun collecting.  Most of the digging is productive, green, brown or yellowish wood.  When I was there in 2019 (good ol days) I even found a nice section of sagenite agate along with some good wood in one hole about 20 feet from my truck.  Always a win when you can dig amongst the pine trees for shade.  Nice piece Vince.

 14 
 on: September 08, 2021, 08:53:46 AM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by Stonemon
Wild looking!

 15 
 on: September 07, 2021, 04:45:24 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Finally got our Quartzsite 2020 rough to the club workshop's 24-inch saw - so we could see what was inside.

There's one member here who might be more interested than others - since we bought it from him... .

This piece is 10" x 7" (not counting protrusion at the top left) x 2" (thickest point), and weighs 6.4 lbs.

 16 
 on: September 06, 2021, 07:15:58 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by irockhound
Beautiful cabs, love them both.  I always felt back when Gary Green was looked down on that it was under valued as a Jasper.  Keep things going here.

 17 
 on: September 06, 2021, 07:12:54 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Nice ones!

Gary Green was one of my first favorites, but the black-and-white is incredible. The brecciated bits in the center are great.

 18 
 on: September 06, 2021, 05:24:19 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
It has been too quiet so I thought I would post a few new cabochons...  Nothing great but ...
Gary Green, probably my best but not the best
Black and White jasper from a find I made in the Owyhee's years back

 19 
 on: September 05, 2021, 08:22:05 AM 
Started by Raccoon - Last post by Raccoon
It’s a segue, but... believe me, I’m a proponent of identifying a problem precisely in order to deal with it. My bank account and browser history will attest.

But between reading about the significance of proximal vs distal nerve damage, seronegative autoimmunity and its differential diagnoses, and how skeletal defects and gastrointestinal distress tie in with early arthritis,

I like to sleep.

Just so before long-distance drives to consult with specialists.

In fact, I confess that I have difficulty both driving and reading scholarly journals when sleep deprived-- though I may be more inclined to attempt it.


________

Thus I do what I can to mitigate my symptoms; so I don’t hurt as much as often, so I can sleep a little better, so I can think relatively clearly, so I can post here and ask for more tips on mitigating symptoms so I can enjoy a hobby that takes my mind off of the frustratingly poor ROI of those other efforts. (And so I just plain feel good enough to keep trying).

For the record I haven’t found it simple. My amateur carpentry can be hazardous, for a start.

But it's something I can do, and observe a resulting improvement in my well-being. It builds a sense of agency. For that reason, I believe symptom management is essential.

 20 
 on: September 04, 2021, 09:33:59 PM 
Started by Raccoon - Last post by VegasJames
There are different types of neuropathy, but it is often from some type of demyelination.  Or in this case could possibly be something like carpal tunnel syndrome, or nerve compression that again can be from a couple of things including bone spurs. There are ways to address and reverse these but how depends on the cause.

As for arthritis there are around 120 forms of arthritis. Most common are the bacterial triggered autoimmune form known as rheumatoid arthritis and the wear and tear form known as osteoarthritis. Both are reversible, but in totally different manners. So knowing the type of arthritis can help a lot if you want to reverse it rather than simply address the symptoms.

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