When Rob first joined the club, he told me his interest was mostly collecting specimens, not so much the lapidary side of things. He has been very busy - here is his update.
I've been quite active over the past year, acquiring and restoring used equipment as well as field collecting, cutting, researching, curating, historical photos... I've found some really cool stuff including mineral ore specimens I've cut with visible gold!
I am actively working on importing some spectacular items from Brazil through a good friend there, about 200kg of assorted specimens and crystals, select quality items direct from the garimperos.
The smaller kyanite shown are gem or near gem grade, they are mine I have over 10 kg. so far
In exactly one year I've managed to put together an impressive shop including - 6 saws from 8" trim, 10" cabinet, 14" drop saw, an 18" saw (all Lortone) an 18" Covington with oil cleaner and, a monster 30" wet saw!
Polishing equipment includes 2- 20" oscillating laps with 8 pans in restoration (courtesy Lindea 1120 club) I Restored a nice 12" covington rotary lap, grits, accessories, 10# Dunbar tumbler, flexible shaft machine, jewelry making tools and more.
Next on the agenda, getting polishing arbors/ wheels for cabbing set up.
I really miss the social aspect and I've been wondering what all of you others have been up to
If anyone wants to visit once covid settles down I am more than happy to open my doors and have socially distance covid safely appropriate visits by prior arrangement.
Anyone is more than welcome to contact me any time.
I would invite others to post and we can see what each other have been up to and maybe make some plans for the future when appropriate.
Sincere best regards to all
From the Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club on beautiful Vancouver Island, to our Fellow Rock Hounds, BC wide…..HELLO!!
Hopefully this finds all rock hounds in good spirits, avoiding the CoVid bug and exploring and hounding, albeit in our safe modes!
Great and safer in the outdoors! We all miss our shows!
As probably with your clubs, needed revenue for operations is not what it used to be. Everyone’s “pitching in” so we’ll stay safe and endure until a better normal arrives.
We here at the PDRGC, to assist our operations, have obtained a BC lottery/raffle gaming licence to conduct legal licenced gaming events.
We are inviting ALL fellow rock hounds from all clubs across BC to have a chance to get in on this event!!
We have worked out a low cost event, with prizes that should interest any
-The rose quartz rock is over 20lbs!.
-The tumbler is great idea for anyone!
-And the slabs alone are worth the effort to win!!
What great in time for Christmas gifts too!!
And.....we’ve made is so easy!
Just go to our web page, at pdrockandgem.org and see Raffle for Rocks to click right to the event!
We’ll arrange delivery, shipping.
Please pass this along to your club membership, we appreciate the support and wish everyone good luck!!
Thank You and
Cheers to ALL!!