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by Bob
Jun 30, 2022 23:04:54 GMT -5
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3,833 52,536 The ROCK SHED does it again
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Jun 30, 2022 17:28:48 GMT -5
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by perkins17
Jun 30, 2022 21:44:07 GMT -5
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by jasoninsd
Jun 30, 2022 21:24:27 GMT -5
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1,006 14,174 Spring Leaf followup
by liveoak
Jun 24, 2022 17:05:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

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353 4,927 Obsidian carver worth watching
by jasoninsd
Jun 30, 2022 18:22:44 GMT -5
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Show off your special projects, or finished pieces you created using alternative methods or materials, as you expand your creativity beyond simple lapidary

1,661 25,021 Yes or No?
by LazerFlash
May 28, 2022 17:34:18 GMT -5
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Jun 19, 2022 13:18:33 GMT -5
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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 DirtCleaner
May 30, 2022 8:41:51 GMT -5

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by RWA3006
Jun 29, 2022 1:38:30 GMT -5
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All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

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Jun 30, 2022 12:52:01 GMT -5
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We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,246 64,599 Landscape find
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Jun 30, 2022 20:57:36 GMT -5
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2,071 25,231 Lapidary Machines GP-8 & Genie
by hummingbirdstones
Jun 28, 2022 22:04:57 GMT -5
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by RWA3006
Jun 30, 2022 23:26:48 GMT -5
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1,176 13,032 Petrified Wood
by lorney
Jun 30, 2022 22:26:54 GMT -5
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Jun 30, 2022 7:04:26 GMT -5

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Jun 27, 2022 11:01:47 GMT -5
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Jun 30, 2022 20:41:28 GMT -5
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mohs: Jun 30, 2022 10:25:42 GMT -5
mohs: what would happen if space collapses Jun 30, 2022 10:28:21 GMT -5
rickb: “Oh, Rooster-Booster, the sky is falling! The sky is falling!" (scared011) Jun 30, 2022 10:33:15 GMT -5 *
mohs: (sunshine) Jun 30, 2022 10:34:31 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: What would happen if space collapses? I'd say we would never know, because it would happen so quickly, our slow brains would not even begin to register it. POOF!!! Jun 30, 2022 11:27:39 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: We are due for a big Hemorrhoid Strike Jun 30, 2022 11:33:07 GMT -5
mohs: I like puff -its on the horizon (wise) Jun 30, 2022 11:35:20 GMT -5 *
mohs: doctor suggested sand baths for those Jun 30, 2022 11:42:37 GMT -5
rickb: pucker up buttercup Jun 30, 2022 11:58:31 GMT -5
mohs: time for brunch Jun 30, 2022 12:06:35 GMT -5
parfive: Wouldn’t mind a heads up from Hubble or Webb or Sagan’s ghost.
Might as well relax and enjoy it.
Jun 30, 2022 13:03:54 GMT -5
parfive: Where does The Big Guy hang out after he wrecks the joint?
. . . or was it Le Grand Seppuku?
Jun 30, 2022 14:23:58 GMT -5
amygdule: The Oregon State Hospital, Junction City, Oregon Jun 30, 2022 14:28:47 GMT -5 *
parfive: Lake Mead 1043.14 aka minus 186. Jun 30, 2022 14:35:01 GMT -5
mohs: The best solution would be for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build an aqueduct from the Old River Control Structure on the Mississippi to Lake Powell, fill it, and then send more water from there down the Colorado to fill lake Mead.

Jun 30, 2022 16:10:05 GMT -5 *
Lumberlegs: Best solution don't build multiple metropolis in the desert. But I live in the land of the lakes...mostly Jun 30, 2022 18:20:23 GMT -5 *
vegasjames: They keep blaming the drought here when really a big part of the problem is all the uncontrolled building. The use enormous amounts of water to keep dust down when demolishing old buildings, then even more goes in to all the concrete and cement. Jun 30, 2022 18:41:42 GMT -5
vegasjames: Yet, now they want to build yet another stadium just after building several others. Then there are all the man-made lakes for the rich, the massive fountains etc. Lake Mead is dropping at around 8 inches a day and the lake is only averaging just over 200 Jun 30, 2022 18:43:32 GMT -5
vegasjames: feet right now. I calculated it out and at this rate, Lake Mead can be dry within a year. And they still want to keep building. Jun 30, 2022 18:44:20 GMT -5
mohs: I agree. Dry water is coming. (tumbleweed) The only other solution is all these people go back somewhere wet. Bye Jun 30, 2022 18:59:19 GMT -5