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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

2,673 31,494 Hello from "the gem capitol of the world"
by drocknut
Aug 2, 2021 19:33:29 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

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.

156 1,411 Introducing the new UPLOAD FILE button
by Tommy
Jul 24, 2021 2:23:53 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 16 Viewing

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

5,128 63,311 Problem with new Lortone QT12
by Wooferhound
Aug 2, 2021 19:57:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 5 Viewing

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

3,645 49,945 Shiny rocks: pt 5 -- Polychome Jasper and more Bahias
by jasoninsd
Aug 2, 2021 19:34:10 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 17 Viewing

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

11,225 149,746 Five completed
by perkins17
Aug 2, 2021 20:11:19 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 5 Viewing

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

4,848 60,079 Wraps 7/24/21 - Botswana Agates
by jasoninsd
Aug 2, 2021 19:08:36 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 6 Viewing

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

952 13,302 Marcasite with druzy pendant
by darrad
Aug 2, 2021 4:06:48 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

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

338 4,714 Noob Tool For Drilling Holes
by Rockoonz
Jul 18, 2021 23:51:44 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

1,637 24,724 Door Stops
by Pat
Jun 7, 2021 16:53:34 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

104 1,499 Is faceting fun?
by perkins17
Aug 2, 2021 12:14:53 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

152 2,662 My smallest sphere
by jasoninsd
Jul 13, 2021 9:06:52 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 4 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

101 2,938 cutting 90 degree inside corners for crosses
by lapitup
Aug 2, 2021 6:47:10 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

558 4,484 Pre-Phoenix
by mohs
Jul 31, 2021 11:00:24 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 13 Viewing

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

13,395 145,126 More dirtbaggery...
by stephan
Aug 2, 2021 18:49:08 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 9 Viewing

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

6,093 62,912 Cutting speed on saw
by catskillrocks
Aug 2, 2021 20:07:21 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


1,880 23,426 Drill press flat lap cheap
by holajonathan
Aug 2, 2021 2:38:24 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 1 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

3,469 40,361 Fairburn Friday
by begeberg
Aug 2, 2021 19:30:23 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 2 Viewing

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

1,126 12,032 Coral Fossil from Ohio
by amygdule
Jul 21, 2021 10:55:54 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 4 Viewing

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

2,918 24,188 Jasp-agate
by perkins17
Aug 2, 2021 20:17:04 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 21 Viewing

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

9,908 136,295 A Day in Niagara Falls, NY- Pic Heavy
by rockindad
Aug 1, 2021 19:48:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 1 Viewing

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

775 25,442 Cabochon contest themes, data and dialog
by MsAli
Aug 1, 2021 16:37:47 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 2 Viewing

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

2,725 32,235 Lake Erie western basin hunting spots?
by perkins17
Aug 2, 2021 12:16:05 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice - 1 Viewing

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

1,345 11,015 Kingsley North- Great Experience
by rockpickerforever
Jul 28, 2021 21:19:58 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 1 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.

3,447 29,209 4 auctions starting 7/31
by Toad
Jul 31, 2021 16:52:32 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.

12,028 164,030 The Official Day In Pictures Thread™️
by amygdule
Aug 2, 2021 20:11:42 GMT -5


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rickb: Aug 1, 2021 20:48:38 GMT -5
mohs: Sky of blue
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In our yellow
Aug 1, 2021 22:04:50 GMT -5
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Wooferhound: You must have 50 posts before you can Sell on this message forum Aug 2, 2021 8:19:40 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: I thought it was 100 posts. Aug 2, 2021 8:27:28 GMT -5
rickb: 100 posts - minimum of 25 in the rock and roll ection (welcome_wave) Aug 2, 2021 10:36:18 GMT -5 *
mohs: rolling! Aug 2, 2021 11:50:48 GMT -5
mohs: would you buy a used rock'n heart from m P-) hs? Aug 2, 2021 11:52:22 GMT -5 *
mohs: fuggetaboutit (lol) Aug 2, 2021 12:45:28 GMT -5
rickb: depends on the color, clarity and cut Aug 2, 2021 12:56:25 GMT -5
mohs: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, Climate, Canals ,Chicano, Cactus, Caldron, Crispy and there mo in AZ Aug 2, 2021 14:13:24 GMT -5
rickb: Cilantro, calapeño Aug 2, 2021 14:15:23 GMT -5 *
mohs: (smart) Aug 2, 2021 14:16:28 GMT -5
mohs: calapeño may be west of az Aug 2, 2021 14:37:47 GMT -5
mohs: steaming cauldron right now Aug 2, 2021 14:39:52 GMT -5
amygdule: Cool 57oF at the Coast :) Aug 2, 2021 17:42:30 GMT -5 *
rockpickerforever: Sat 81 degrees, Sunday 84, today 100.9! Hot tamale! Was going to grill some brats for dinner, but just too hot to go out there. Guess it'll be nuked leftovers tonight. Aug 2, 2021 17:58:15 GMT -5 *
mohs: our dew as mellowed (sunshine) Aug 2, 2021 18:34:30 GMT -5
mohs: i;ll probably go fried baloney in an hour or so Aug 2, 2021 18:48:34 GMT -5
mohs: o we forgot Caliente...mostly Aug 2, 2021 19:06:01 GMT -5