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