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by jasoninsd
Nov 22, 2023 12:24:31 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 11 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

Sub-board: Rock Tumbling Tutorials

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by broseph82
Dec 10, 2023 17:15:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

4,155 57,233 Crazy- Lace Agate that is
by velodromed
Dec 10, 2023 16:27:40 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 5 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

Sub-board: Creating Cabochons Tutorials

12,180 164,310 Ideas On Source?
by gemfeller
Dec 10, 2023 13:48:27 GMT -5
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Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

Sub-board: Wire Wrapping Tutorials

5,150 66,256 Another hammered one. (New one added 12/10/23)
by rockjunquie
Dec 10, 2023 16:09:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

Sub-board: Metal Smithing Tutorials

1,076 15,074 Teaching myself smithing #1
by khara
Dec 10, 2023 5:31:29 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.) - 1 Viewing

Show off your special projects, or finished pieces you created using alternative methods or materials, as you expand your creativity beyond simple lapidary

1,691 25,479 Glass saga 2020, 2 new bricks February 26
by victor1941
Dec 9, 2023 9:33:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Flat Lap Polishing Methods (displays, cabs, faceting, etc.)

Share your flat lapidary techniques and outcomes! Discuss machines, grit sequences, polishing compounds, and showcase your polished flat polished rocks and gems.

129 1,769 Diamond cutting and polishing
by kevinkhunt
Dec 10, 2023 1:19:44 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

Sub-board: Rock Carving Tutorials

368 5,120 Diamond for Saw Blades, but Regular Sandpaper for Polishing?
by RWA3006
Dec 4, 2023 20:19:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

180 2,979 And now I'm looking for a wood lathe...
by Hefty
Dec 10, 2023 15:46:46 GMT -5

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 2 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

842 5,992 Little T didn't die of hunger
by parfive
Dec 9, 2023 3:55:57 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 13 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

13,938 152,389 Landscape Explorer
by Peruano
Dec 9, 2023 7:09:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 6 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,491 67,187 cutting again
by chris1956
Dec 10, 2023 17:57:53 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 6 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


2,329 27,969 New Mini Sonic… what to tumble?
by stefan
Dec 10, 2023 16:23:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Specimens and Themed Threads - 1 Viewing

Show us your rock specimens that are destined for a display case, or take part in our shared theme threads such as the very popular Thunderegg Thursdays, and Coprolite. Start one of your own and lets see if it grows.

3,637 46,318 Interesting Jasper inclusion
by jasoninsd
Dec 9, 2023 23:05:40 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,233 13,544 Did Paleolithic Humans Understand The Properties of Rock
by wargrafix
Dec 8, 2023 12:31:15 GMT -5
No New Posts The Meteorites Board

The meteorite board is a gathering space where meteorite enthusiasts, collectors, researchers, and artists engage in discussions, share knowledge, and showcase their passion for these extraterrestrial relics. Through a dynamic array of threads, members exchange insights on meteorite identification, classification, scientific research, creative applications, and collecting experiences.

33 299 Found deep in the Maury Mountains
by realrockhound
Nov 26, 2023 19:55:29 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 6 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

3,380 28,475 Graveyard point agate?
by rmf
Dec 10, 2023 16:09:14 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

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by MsAli
Nov 17, 2023 19:58:27 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

820 29,734 *~ OPEN ~* Cab Contest, Dec '23, Theme: Holiday Decorations
by victor1941
Dec 10, 2023 18:04:38 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 4 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

3,038 36,233 Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Show
by jasoninsd
Dec 9, 2023 22:53:56 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,403 11,832 Rough Stones LLC?????
by pebblesky
Dec 8, 2023 16:35:57 GMT -5
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Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

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Dec 9, 2023 19:28:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 2 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

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by Rockoonz
Dec 10, 2023 17:31:52 GMT -5


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