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2,297 27,186 Word Up from Northern Utah!
by richj
Jul 4, 2020 9:00:33 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing - 2 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.

131 1,171 Short Video Tutorial
by knave
Jun 25, 2020 11:54:03 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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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

4,689 57,377 Lot-O tumbling recipes
by ataraktos
Jul 4, 2020 9:42:16 GMT -5
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Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,442 46,710 Just a couple favorites
by Fossilman
Jul 4, 2020 10:43:25 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 10 Viewing

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

10,717 143,099 July 4 preforms
by stardiamond
Jul 4, 2020 12:39:20 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping

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

4,697 57,468 My first non-groove wire wrap
by rockjunquie
Jun 30, 2020 7:30:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 2 Viewing

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

873 12,222 Which tool purchase do you regret?
by Pat
Jul 2, 2020 19:40:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 2 Viewing

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

330 4,606 Anyone carve fire agate
by Don
Jul 4, 2020 12:24:06 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

1,608 24,319 Experimenting With Quilt Square Pattern Intarsia
by berfle
Jun 9, 2020 18:11:45 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

98 1,439 Hemimorphite
by orrum
Jun 14, 2020 12:22:21 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

143 2,506 Stinking Water Plume agate
by NDK
Jun 2, 2020 19:59:01 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials

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 2,866 Dry Polishing Tutorial (rotary tumbler)
by indychris
Jun 5, 2020 22:54:08 GMT -5

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information

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

463 3,801 Fossil . . . mineral . . . surface . . . whatever
by Fossilman
Jun 29, 2020 11:46:02 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 6 Viewing

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

13,154 141,569 LLanite Collecting trip
by hummingbirdstones
Jul 2, 2020 22:05:47 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 4 Viewing

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

5,865 60,398 Mook
by stardiamond
Jul 4, 2020 11:31:17 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 3 Viewing

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


1,718 21,786 Lot-o Springs
by saxplayer
Jun 30, 2020 7:54:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 6 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

3,312 36,009 Fairburn Friday part 2
by miket
Jul 4, 2020 12:13:35 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 3 Viewing

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

1,078 11,606 Bugs in color
by rockjunquie
Jul 1, 2020 7:51:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 7 Viewing

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

2,703 22,344 Possible Fairburn Agates?
by miket
Jul 4, 2020 7:13:48 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.

9,858 135,595 Baby Coopers
by hummingbirdstones2
Jul 3, 2020 23:17:25 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

745 23,073 Cab That Slab XIII πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 🧨πŸ’₯ Happy Fourth!
by Tommy
Jul 4, 2020 12:48:09 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 6 Viewing

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

2,618 31,203 Davis Creek
by Fossilman
Jul 3, 2020 11:18:12 GMT -5
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1,309 10,705 I'm done with Etsy
by stardiamond
Jun 22, 2020 14:08:04 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.

3,256 27,363 ISO box of slabs, slabbetts, end cuts,etc
by Fossilman
Jul 4, 2020 10:48:28 GMT -5
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Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

11,724 154,552 Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Rthlings!
by Pat
Jul 4, 2020 12:25:45 GMT -5


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gwbom: Hi there I am new to this forum.i collected some rocks but I am not sure of the types. How do I post them here for your advice? Jul 1, 2020 13:42:01 GMT -5
rickb: Delvon's got soul Jul 1, 2020 13:43:34 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: I bet some of those rocks are stoney Jul 1, 2020 14:12:06 GMT -5
gwbom: Those I found wooferhound? Some a Jul 1, 2020 14:18:59 GMT -5
gwbom: They have a metamorphic look but some are bluish and some a marble green most are very hard..heavy Jul 1, 2020 14:20:13 GMT -5
rickb: Woof is stoning you. Jul 1, 2020 16:00:34 GMT -5 *
amygdule: When you're stoned, the rocks just fly by. Jul 1, 2020 20:32:47 GMT -5 *
rickb: Sometimes they leave vapor trails. Jul 1, 2020 20:58:57 GMT -5 *
amygdule: Ore tracers in your mind. Jul 2, 2020 3:01:00 GMT -5
Wooferhound: It's a Rock Tumbler for your Imagination Jul 2, 2020 5:24:38 GMT -5 *
rickb: A well rounded mine. Jul 2, 2020 5:36:43 GMT -5 *
rickb: So far it's been a cruel, cruel summer. Jul 2, 2020 16:22:06 GMT -5

Jul 2, 2020 17:00:55 GMT -5
Wooferhound: I don't care how the sausage was made, I just want to know how it was served ? Jul 2, 2020 17:06:36 GMT -5
rickb: Looks like it's midnight at the oasis. Jul 3, 2020 6:17:13 GMT -5
Wooferhound: I need to get a Steering Wheel with a Car on it , cheap . Jul 3, 2020 9:45:29 GMT -5
rickb: don't get a murder scooter Jul 3, 2020 11:50:14 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Naw, those are called donor cycles. Be generous, give the gift of life. Jul 3, 2020 13:37:03 GMT -5
rickb: Jul 4, 2020 9:23:22 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: Light Fuse , Get Away . . . Jul 4, 2020 11:34:34 GMT -5