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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 docharber
Jul 17, 2024 17:04:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 6 Viewing

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

4,249 59,161 Results Of My First Complete Tumble
by martytumbles
Jul 17, 2024 17:12:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 9 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

12,358 167,139 One time only Cabs Post
by tribeunited
Jul 17, 2024 16:32:19 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

5,183 66,973 A couple more from today
by liveoak
Jul 16, 2024 5:57:03 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 4 Viewing

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

Sub-board: Metal Smithing Tutorials

1,111 15,512 My first smithed project
by jasoninsd
Jul 15, 2024 22:23:21 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.) - 3 Viewing

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

1,702 25,701 Meteorite Knife - Finished!
by wargrafix
Jun 24, 2024 7:39:55 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.

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by demihuman
Jul 9, 2024 23:14:52 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

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

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373 5,158 Diamond for Saw Blades, but Regular Sandpaper for Polishing?
by wargrafix
Jun 27, 2024 7:24:18 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

188 3,099 Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the sphere
by rmf
Jul 16, 2024 9:55:17 GMT -5

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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

892 6,196 The Magnetic North Pole
by parfive
Jul 17, 2024 11:39:18 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 22 Viewing

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

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

14,078 154,492 What do people use these for?!
by chaosdsm
Jul 17, 2024 12:22:13 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 11 Viewing

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

6,606 68,557 Flowers and Orbs Extravaganza!
by tribeunited
Jul 17, 2024 14:44:42 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


2,401 28,580 Where to find belt for DP Genie spitter mech?
by chris1956
Jul 17, 2024 13:00:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Specimens and Themed Threads - 7 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.

by tribeunited
Jul 17, 2024 13:19:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 2 Viewing

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

1,254 13,748 Petrified wood material
by tribeunited
Jul 1, 2024 18:59:02 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.

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by wargrafix
May 6, 2024 14:36:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 11 Viewing

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

3,560 31,223 Turquoise terminology
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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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Jun 20, 2024 23:56:57 GMT -5
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829 30,784 *~ NOW OPEN ~* Cabochon Contest, July 2024 Theme: Orbs!
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Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

3,092 37,023 Top spots for RockHounding USA
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Jul 9, 2024 14:15:36 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,419 12,013 Chapmans Rock Shop in Fortuna CA on 101
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Jul 16, 2024 19:37:43 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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Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

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