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 The internet has to be worth something besides being a time waster.  I get most of my rock stock from friends on the internet, specifically from people I know on the Rock Tumbling Hobby website.  If you go there, read a whole bunch of stuff then scroll down to the message board link.  There are a lot of people there that actually know what they are talking about when they are talking rock.  You can get lost there so don’t forget to come back here by closing that window.

I also get a portion of my stock from various sellers on Ebay and a small amount from actually going out in the field and digging my own…whoooaa…that is real rock hounding!  You see, I live in an area that has, well, not much in the line of polishable rock.  There is a lot of shale and sandstone with a little granite and schist that was kindly transported from Canada by a series of glaciers.  All other rock that can be polished is a drive or a flight away.  I don’t sell enough so far to make more than one trip a year to dig my own.  A few years ago, I went to Quartzsite, AZ…bought a bunch of stuff and had a chance to go out in the hills to pick up some jaspers and chrysocolla.  This coming year, I’m thinking of going to Georgia for some amethyst and maybe Michigan for copper.

 If you look at the malachite free-form cab at the left, you will not see me or my camera as I do not believe in imposing my will on any rock on which I am working.  So, you can look at/buy rocks with a mirror finish most anywhere except, for a few exceptions, here.  I prefer a more natural look.  I do try to draw the line at cracks though.  I don’t want you to buy a cab from me and have it fall apart as soon as you get it.  The cracked ones will go in my to-tumble bucket.  You will find some rocks with pits or vugs - holes with or without a crystal lining.  Some will have a matte finish, some  a high polish…basically they will look how they tell me they want to look.

Most of the cabochons will be free-form, designer cabs, one of a kind.

Slabs will be about 1/4” or 6mm thick with various lengths and widths.

I will put some tutorials here eventually along with some stories.

So, look around, have fun, talk to me!

Quartzsite, Az from  the top of Q Mountain

Malachite free-form cab - 45x30x7mm - from Africa.