Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Possible Dates - Wire Wrapping Workshop

Message from Jerome:

A number of you expressed interest in taking this workshop with Linda so if
you are still committed (to the workshop) Let me know your preferences
and I will endeavour to set it up.   She originally indicated 6-8 people at
a cost of $35-40 for one day in the winter or spring.  Jan 9 or 16 work or
if desirable, Spring.
Please let me know ASAP.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cam Bacon - from BCLS Website

Cameron (Cam) James Bacon
March 12, 1955 - November 28, 2015
Cam Bacon, also known as Gem Show Chair for the BC Lapidary Society and a long time member of the Abbotsford Rock & Gem Club passed away on November 28, 2015.
He loved life and enjoyed it through rock field trips, exploration, trips to Arizona, the occasional casino outing and taking the lead each year at Gem Show.
Cam was always cheerful, willing to help and knowledgeable.
He believed in what he did whether that was recruiting volunteers for Gem Show, giving back through coaching soccer or being a Wagon Master of various rock field trips.
Cam leaves a legacy of living life, sharing his rock explorations through his Gem Trails of BC books and the children he inspired in soccer.
Cam Bacon will be dearly missed.
The family's wish is that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the BC Lapidary Scholarship fund or to your local soccer club.
Memorial details will be posted at a later date. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Party

Saturday December 5th  5:00 to 9:00pm at Leir House (set up at 4:00)

  • Dinner is potluck - if you haven't already signed up for your food contribution, please contact Sandra Albo
  • Bring your own plate, cutlery, glass and beverage
  • Bring a donation for the food bank
  • Bring items for the silent auction
Christmas Party 2014

Spring Wire Wrapping Workshop

Jerome looking for numbers:

I am hoping to see if there is sufficient interest in having a wire wrapping workshop with Linda Zepik in the Spring.  Cost  approx $35-40, one day in Summerland, likely 3-4 hours.
You supply the rock to wrap and Linda will supply the rest of the material. If interest is there, I will
find out what equipment you may need. 6 to 8 people only.  Let me know before Christmas party if you can and then I will set date, time, and place and get the final list and collect prepayment.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Club Show and Sale, November 7th at Cherry Lane

Michael wire wrapping

Made by Jane Albo - rock supplied by Dad

Glass from Arizona

Work by Jerome

Ocean Picture Rock, by Jerome

Rhodonite, wire wrapped today by Michael.

Rock collected by Sharon, pieces crafted by her brother.

Touchy feely table

Touchy feely table

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14th Field Trip - Marron Valley

Thanks Michael Ryan for the photos.

Club Outing October 14, 2015 Marron Valley/Mt. Laidlaw

12 members , 2 dogs and 1 visitor attended

Thanks to our Wagon Master's memory and Duane's  help clearing the road we found our way to the path that led us up to the top of Mt. Laidlaw. This is quite a climb but well worth it.  The members found seam agate and white common opal.

At the bottom of the mountain members found seam agate and agate nodules.

It was a long day (10:00 to 5:00) but we all had a great time

Friday, October 9, 2015

Field Trip Wednesday October 14th

Field trip - Wednesday October 14th - meet at 10:00am, Twin Lakes gas station and store.

Marron Valley Exploratory

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 13th Field Trip

Photos or stories anyone?

11 attendees, 2 kids, 2 dogs.  Found agate, jasper and petrified wood, plus hausmannite in the Cawston area.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Growing Club, Larger Meeting Room

Next meeting Wednesday October 7th, 7:30pm at Leir House - different entrance and meeting room.
Facing the front of the building, entrance is on the right, lower level.

On assignment...........

I have been exploring Mineral Titles Online on behalf of the club, to see what is involved in getting a claim. So far, I have gone as far as setting up my online account, and preparing the application for individual free miner certificate. The fee for me is $25, for those over 65 years, it is free.

I haven't spent much time on it lately, but will update after I have spent more time on it.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LOCATION CHANGE - Field Trip September 13th

With the dry forest conditions, and exceptionally low river levels, the September 13th Club Field Trip has been changed to the Similkameen River.

Meeting place: Junction of Keremeos Bypass Road and Highway 3, West of Keremeos.  9:30am Gerry's Fruit Stand parking area.

"Gerry's Fruit Stand" is directly across the Highway from the Bypass Road, and should have enough parking for us to gather. At the meeting, we talked about Sanderson's Fruit Stand - my mistake- Sanderson's is one west of the bypass. I should have said Gerry's Fruit Stand.
9:30 am meet - Wagon Master Dennis will lead us from there.


Webcam shows bypass meeting highway in bottom left corner, and part of Gerry's sign on the left.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Meeting Reminder

First meeting of the fall is Wednesday September 2nd. 7:30 pm Leir House
I am on the list for goodies.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Devastating Rock Creek Fire

The most recent update I have indicated that the wildfire stopped short of Jerome and Sandra's place at Westbridge, where we had planned to be this weekend. Highway 33 is still closed. At one point there was a structure protection crew staged by Jerome and Sandra's place.

Highway 3 opened last night, with a 50km speed limit for the 5km through the fire zone. Ground and aerial assessments are under way this morning, with a plan to inform evacuees of their losses, then a public meeting at 4:00pm at the Midway evacuation centre.

Update: 30 homes lost, plus 15 other structures.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Nahatlatch Valley, Summer Camp

Seven club members made the trip through the Fraser Canyon for BCLS Summer Camp near Boston Bar. The sunset August 2nd was colourful with the smoke from the Cougar Creek fire to the north west of our camp.

Heavy smoke from the Wood Lake fire near Harrison came up the canyon Monday afternoon, prompting one asthmatic member to leave early.

Field trips included Lightning Ridge and Sacum Creek FSR for agate, a bush whacking trip for amazonite, and a walk along an active rail line for soapstone. The warm weather also prompted some to venture to bars in the Fraser River.

Hoping for more photos from other participants.

One of the many shots of the sunset.

August 3rd smoke from Cougar Creek Fire.

Fire Camp south of Lytton.

Two helicopter bases south of Lytton, two of the many machines at this base.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wire Workshop at Summer Camp

Summer Camp
Wire WorkShop 2015
Nahatlatch Valley, Boston Bar, B.C.
Date & Time to be announced at Summer Camp,
August 2 to 7, 2015
Workshop Details:
Instructor: Carla Swope
Learn how to use square and 1/2 round wire to set stones. This class is an introduction to professional looking solderless wire work. Learn to bend and manipulate wire correctly, securing stones without any glue or soldering. You will finish one pendant. Duration of class is 3 to 4 hours.
$30 per person cash or cheque (this is a BC Lapidary Society special price)
Workshop includes:
Wire, Instructions (step by step printout), tool rentals
Does NOT include: Cabochon.
You will need to supply your own stone, which should be a minimum of 1" by 1", but preferably larger up to 2.5" by 2.5". Feel free to bring multiple stones and choose at the workshop.
It is recommended that you bring your own tools, including eye glasses or magnifiers.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Reminder - Winfield Show

All things Agate

Winfield Memorial Hall 
10130 Bottom Wood Lake Rd
Winfield, BC
(1 block east of Highway 97)
18 & 19 July, 2015
Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm
Dealers with rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, gem stones, beads,
supplies for the lapidary hobby, hand crafted silver work
Displays of rocks, crystals, minerals and fossils
Artists demonstrating silversmithing, wire wrapping and lapidary arts

Soapstone carving for children: $5
Admission: Adults $4, Childern age 6-12 $2, under age 6 free

Hosted by: Kelowna 1120 Club & Vernon Lapidary and Mineral Club

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Field Trip Cancelled

Field trip that was planned for July 8th has been cancelled because of extreme heat in the area.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Interior Zone Campout

Hosted by the Vernon Club at Quilakwa RV Park in Enderby. Thank-you Lorraine Stacey and your team for a great weekend.
  • Hot Dogs cooked over the open fire on Friday night
  • Potluck and silent auction under the tent on a wet Saturday night.
  • Pancake breakfast with much more. on Sunday morning
  • Lots of visiting, and of course the field trips.
  • Saturday night tradition - ice cream, with great toppings!
Seven Penticton Club members attended the event, and all chose the Saturday outing to the Crystal Man Wholesale in  Enderby. They opened for a couple of hours just for us, and we toured the gallery, the "garage sale" and the warehouse. We all spent money, and left with some treasures. It is well worth seeing if you are in the area - check ahead for their hours and days of operation. They have an event in August when the warehouse stuff is all on display.


Every good field trip includes lunch! At River Rocks Bistro.