Welcome to RTH!

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Newcomers of all experience levels are welcome here, so please take a minute to post a quick introduction thread and let us start getting to know you

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by jasoninsd
Mar 8, 2021 23:26:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing - 1 Viewing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

148 1,332 Registration problem
by Tommy
Mar 3, 2021 19:58:40 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

4,959 61,265 Growing aquatic plants in slurry form rotary
by reeniebeany
Mar 8, 2021 21:53:03 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

3,562 48,732 Dead Camel, Willow Creek & Imperial jaspers - photo heavy
by saxplayer
Mar 9, 2021 1:05:37 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons

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

11,047 147,339 goofing around with rocks
by parfive
Mar 9, 2021 1:22:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

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

4,782 58,940 Thunderegg Wrap - Copper Weave Bezel Set
by jasoninsd
Mar 8, 2021 11:35:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

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

917 12,830 Willow Creek pendant
by jasoninsd
Mar 8, 2021 11:20:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

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

334 4,673 River Stone Sculptures by Xiang Duan
by rickb
Mar 3, 2021 8:28:23 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 1 Viewing

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,632 24,666 Fridge magnets
by standles
Feb 27, 2021 21:58:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

102 1,475 Faceted rose-cut tigereye in a realistic eye design
by agatemaggot
Feb 17, 2021 19:29:19 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

149 2,618 Meteorite Spheres
by Brian
Feb 24, 2021 9:13:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 2 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

100 2,900 Tumbling in 6 inch Schedule 40 PVC Barrels
by jamesp
Jan 9, 2021 19:13:04 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 1 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

526 4,308 Spark plug in a rock
by rockjunquie
Mar 8, 2021 15:42:19 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 4 Viewing

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

13,310 143,785 The Nitty Gritty what constitutes your steps?
by standles
Mar 8, 2021 20:55:17 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 3 Viewing

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

5,999 61,805 Back to work
by stephan
Mar 9, 2021 0:36:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 10 Viewing

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


1,827 22,808 Ring saw verses Bandsaw
by manofglass
Mar 8, 2021 23:00:09 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,424 38,705 GOT COPROLITE???
by stephan
Mar 8, 2021 12:22:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

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

1,117 11,959 Spearheads by rickb the master
by mjflinty
Mar 5, 2021 18:56:46 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 4 Viewing

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

2,847 23,583 Blue-ish stone identification - SOLVED: BLUE AVENTURINE
by USMC15
Mar 8, 2021 19:49:33 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 beefjello
Mar 8, 2021 19:54:57 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

768 24,846 RTH Cabochon SKILLS challenge, Mar 2021
by NDK
Mar 9, 2021 1:16:13 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 11 Viewing

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

2,678 31,820 Viva Las Vegas
by fernwood
Mar 8, 2021 10:47:58 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice

Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,324 10,847 It was bound to happen
by stardiamond
Mar 8, 2021 20:57:18 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 2 Viewing

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.

3,402 28,359 Facebook users - Full Moon Rock Shop
by stardiamond
Mar 8, 2021 17:40:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area

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

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by stephan
Mar 9, 2021 1:52:37 GMT -5


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amygdule: I am going to collect more Rocks to build more Wall. Mar 5, 2021 22:57:44 GMT -5
amygdule: Math Question: How many yards3 of Rocks does it take to build a wall 3 feet tall, 2 feet thick, 100 feet long ? Mar 5, 2021 23:16:00 GMT -5 *
parfive: Prolly just one . . . Tony’s. Mar 5, 2021 23:27:32 GMT -5
Benathema: 22.2 yards^3 Mar 6, 2021 4:48:57 GMT -5
Benathema: Minus some for mortar. Mar 6, 2021 4:49:37 GMT -5
Benathema: and pestle. Mar 6, 2021 4:49:42 GMT -5
Wooferhound: A Wall that big would be exactly One Yard Mar 6, 2021 9:12:54 GMT -5
parfive: A yard is no gimme. Mar 6, 2021 13:28:14 GMT -5
parfive: Mars rover’s first field trip among the rocks . . . 7 yards. Mar 6, 2021 14:21:54 GMT -5
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amygdule: I made it home with boots full of Cold Water Mar 8, 2021 17:55:00 GMT -5 *
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quartz: I made my wife a cake, "what for" she says, "Women's History Month" said I, "and in honor of you becoming pretty historic". Fortunatly I don't bruise easily. Mar 9, 2021 0:29:19 GMT -5