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by liveoak
Feb 23, 2024 9:07:09 GMT -5
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Lapidary Discussion Topics

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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 hypodactylus
Feb 23, 2024 13:32:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 3 Viewing

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

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by hplcman
Feb 23, 2024 10:04:07 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 2 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

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by rockjunquie
Feb 23, 2024 14:55:57 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

Sub-board: Wire Wrapping Tutorials

5,162 66,490 February 2024 Wire Wrapping Challenge
by liveoak
Feb 18, 2024 19:38:58 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

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by opalpyrexia
Feb 21, 2024 10:45:56 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.)

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

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by jamesp
Feb 19, 2024 1:44:42 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.

133 1,819 thoughts on used faceting machines?
by pauls
Feb 12, 2024 18:35:44 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 1 Viewing

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

Sub-board: Rock Carving Tutorials

370 5,136 Tips on carving a bowl
by 1dave
Feb 17, 2024 14:13:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making - 1 Viewing

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

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by Tommy
Feb 22, 2024 21:35:00 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 3 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

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by wargrafix
Feb 22, 2024 9:11:55 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 7 Viewing

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

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

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by rockbrain
Feb 23, 2024 14:30:07 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 4 Viewing

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

6,519 67,493 How should I cut this?
by rocknewb101
Feb 20, 2024 10:26:34 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


2,354 28,219 Old Old Tumbler
by manofglass
Feb 22, 2024 18:48:41 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.

3,650 46,544 Crystal specimens for my kid
by realrockhound
Feb 23, 2024 12:10:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 4 Viewing

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

1,237 13,567 Petoskey Stones for Mobile
by chris1956
Jan 28, 2024 10:35:40 GMT -5
No New Posts The Meteorites Board - 1 Viewing

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.

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by rockbrain
Feb 16, 2024 10:15:17 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 2 Viewing

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

3,409 28,724 Name This Material
by MsAli
Feb 23, 2024 15:07:56 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 jasoninsd
Jan 20, 2024 0:26:55 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

822 30,004 *~ NOW OPEN ~* Cab Contest, Feb 2024 - Theme: Metamorphosis!
by hummingbirdstones
Feb 19, 2024 22:18:53 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 10 Viewing

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

3,052 36,437 Rockhounding locations in San Antonio Texas
by whyofquartz
Feb 21, 2024 7:14:05 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

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by dillonf
Feb 8, 2024 22:27:55 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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Feb 23, 2024 9:34:16 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 1 Viewing

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

12,661 182,668 A great time in Yosemite
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Feb 23, 2024 8:41:06 GMT -5


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