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2,374 28,012 Hello
by hummingbirdstones
Sept 18, 2020 17:14:11 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.

135 1,202 linked image not showing up?
by tims
Sept 18, 2020 20:59:39 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 10 Viewing

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

4,754 58,518 New to rock tumbling! Help please!
by thankyou
Sept 18, 2020 19:30:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 4 Viewing

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

3,467 47,203 Snakes and Stones
by lordsorril
Sept 18, 2020 17:51:27 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

10,828 144,197 Finished a vibe batch, some cabs and a few tumbles
by miket
Sept 18, 2020 17:37:19 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 2 Viewing

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

4,721 57,824 Leopardskin Jasper wrap
by miket
Sept 18, 2020 16:31:16 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

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

881 12,327 Long lost art of cold forged pendants
by tims
Sept 16, 2020 19:51:53 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 1 Viewing

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

330 4,610 Anyone carve fire agate
by christopherl1234
Sept 14, 2020 13:29:23 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 3 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

1,611 24,363 Wind Chimes
by Fossilman
Sept 15, 2020 10:02:40 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

99 1,446 Quartz Polshing / Cutting Question
by pauls
Sept 13, 2020 20:46:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making - 5 Viewing

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

144 2,516 silicon sphere
by stephan
Sept 7, 2020 1:29:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 1 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

97 2,872 Rotary/Vibratory Rock Tumbling Tutorial Video
by chapslv
Aug 15, 2020 14:46:27 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

472 3,874 30 Foot Tsunami...In North Dakota
by stephan
Sept 14, 2020 23:55:19 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.

13,201 142,044 1st heart work of 20-21 seasooon...
by mohs
Sept 18, 2020 19:21:33 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 7 Viewing

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

5,924 60,872 Finally started trying to free this Teepee
by stardiamond
Sept 18, 2020 18:58:57 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 4 Viewing

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


1,747 22,092 Cab Machine - advice needed
by oregon
Sept 18, 2020 14:50:07 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 11 Viewing

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

3,342 36,625 GOT COPROLITE???
by jamesp
Sept 18, 2020 21:13:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

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

1,092 11,725 The Tooth
by kyoti
Sept 12, 2020 12:40:04 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 7 Viewing

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

2,761 22,751 Flea Market Find - ?
by thankyou
Sept 18, 2020 19:33:28 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 3 Viewing

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

9,876 135,792 Sunset on the lake
by Peruano
Sept 16, 2020 20:18:39 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 2 Viewing

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

751 23,579 *~OPEN CONTEST~* RTH Cabochon Challenge Sept 2020, PET WOOD
by NDK
Sept 18, 2020 20:43:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 3 Viewing

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

2,637 31,446 Hounding near Hanksville, Utah. Any advice?
by zarguy
Sept 18, 2020 12:56:37 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

1,313 10,748 Thank you Quailriver!
by QuailRiver
Sept 16, 2020 22:23:10 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 4 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.

3,320 27,766 Yule marble 30 lbs
by markymark
Sept 18, 2020 17:26:44 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 mohs
Sept 18, 2020 16:30:05 GMT -5


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mohs: then the full rock seasoon commences (chewie) Sept 17, 2020 13:23:47 GMT -5
mohs: the gorilla is tough stuff ! Sept 17, 2020 14:25:12 GMT -5
rickb: TOUGH Sept 17, 2020 15:24:19 GMT -5 *
amygdule: Magilla Gorilla | Gorilla Brain | Boomerang
Sept 17, 2020 20:14:20 GMT -5
mohs: 'm an Apeman, I'm an Ape Apeman
No, I'm an Apeman
Well, I'm a King Kong man, I'm a Voo-Doo man
No, I'm an GorillaMan
Sept 17, 2020 21:11:21 GMT -5
amygdule: I like Banana bread too. Smothered with Real Butter. Sept 17, 2020 21:33:05 GMT -5
knave: I like real butter carried to my mouth on fresh ‘nanner bread, or a Panera Cinnamon Crunch bagel Sept 17, 2020 22:06:40 GMT -5
mohs: is that real butter from a real cow Sept 17, 2020 22:10:40 GMT -5 *
mohs: Sept 17, 2020 22:11:25 GMT -5 *
amygdule:  Sept 17, 2020 22:40:40 GMT -5 *
amygdule: The Cinnamon Buns Thank You. Sept 18, 2020 3:59:54 GMT -5 *
rickb: Lightly salted Sept 18, 2020 5:27:28 GMT -5
rickb: Any critter tastes good with enough butter on it Sept 18, 2020 6:22:42 GMT -5
Fossilman: Hell ya', Oregon finally gets rain, much needed rain!!!! Sept 18, 2020 9:36:23 GMT -5
rickb: (thumbs-up) - we posted a lot of rain inducing music yesterday Sept 18, 2020 10:23:47 GMT -5 *
mohs: good morning Sept 18, 2020 10:32:18 GMT -5
rickb: Sept 18, 2020 10:48:56 GMT -5
rickb: Sept 18, 2020 10:51:15 GMT -5
mohs: nice! Sept 18, 2020 11:11:23 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Yeah, I think you can say we brought it on for you, Mike. Better than a rain dance. Sept 18, 2020 11:11:41 GMT -5