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by rockbrain
May 26, 2024 14:03:06 GMT -5
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by jamesp
May 19, 2024 15:41:57 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

Sub-board: Rock Tumbling Tutorials

6,167 77,694 Entering the tumble scene, which setup to buy
by iamchris
May 26, 2024 11:16:38 GMT -5
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Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

4,230 58,891 More Hodge Podge
by rocknrob
May 26, 2024 11:13:33 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

Sub-board: Creating Cabochons Tutorials

12,294 166,185 A Burro Creek, Pet Palm Root, and a dollar-bin Agate
by rockbrain
May 26, 2024 11:33:32 GMT -5
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Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

Sub-board: Wire Wrapping Tutorials

5,175 66,808 April 2024 Wire Wrapper's Challenge
by liveoak
May 16, 2024 6:29:00 GMT -5
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Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

Sub-board: Metal Smithing Tutorials

1,105 15,407 Continuing education
by rockjunquie
May 26, 2024 11:33:55 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.) - 2 Viewing

Show off your special projects, or finished pieces you created using alternative methods or materials, as you expand your creativity beyond simple lapidary

1,699 25,674 Macrame' Bracelet
by 1dave
May 26, 2024 9:16:04 GMT -5
No New Posts Flat Lap Polishing Methods (displays, cabs, faceting, etc.) - 1 Viewing

Share your flat lapidary techniques and outcomes! Discuss machines, grit sequences, polishing compounds, and showcase your polished flat polished rocks and gems.

140 1,870 Questions about Covington 16 inch Vibrating Lap
by HankRocks
May 26, 2024 12:43:34 GMT -5
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Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

Sub-board: Rock Carving Tutorials

372 5,150 Charms as a pendant (jade and agate)
by jasoninsd
May 26, 2024 7:41:12 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

184 3,048 My newest preform.
by Mark K
May 3, 2024 19:59:28 GMT -5

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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

877 6,205 5 Incredible Things We've Already Discovered about the U.
by wargrafix
May 26, 2024 0:13:11 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 16 Viewing

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

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

14,043 153,913 Dugway Geodes
by johnd
May 26, 2024 15:28:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 6 Viewing

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

6,566 68,086 Cutting Jade rough - how do you how which direction to go?
by jasoninsd
May 26, 2024 9:07:05 GMT -5
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Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


2,381 28,428 Treadmill tumbler driver
by Shade
May 26, 2024 13:32:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Specimens and Themed Threads - 4 Viewing

Show us your rock specimens that are destined for a display case, or take part in our shared theme threads such as the very popular Thunderegg Thursdays, and Coprolite. Start one of your own and lets see if it grows.

3,672 47,063 Picked up some more old stock Ocean Jasper
by ThomasT
May 26, 2024 15:43:36 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

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

1,248 13,677 Neat fossil found in Western, NY on shore of Lake Ontario
by amygdule
May 20, 2024 14:58:07 GMT -5
No New Posts The Meteorites Board

The meteorite board is a gathering space where meteorite enthusiasts, collectors, researchers, and artists engage in discussions, share knowledge, and showcase their passion for these extraterrestrial relics. Through a dynamic array of threads, members exchange insights on meteorite identification, classification, scientific research, creative applications, and collecting experiences.

37 375 Meteorite Showers & Storms
by wargrafix
May 6, 2024 14:36:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 3 Viewing

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

3,439 29,058 Interesting Rock
by liveoak
May 19, 2024 21:01:57 GMT -5

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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.

9,994 137,649 Did anybody take pictures of yesterday’s northern lights?
by wargrafix
May 26, 2024 14:06:20 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

827 30,512 *~ OPEN ~* Cab Contest, May 2024, Theme: Small Cab ≤ 10x15mm
by realrockhound
May 25, 2024 20:54:41 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 7 Viewing

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

3,085 36,874 Rockhound map app
by liveoak
May 26, 2024 13:33:05 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,411 11,931 Highland Park "deal" on Rainbow obsidian
by jasoninsd
May 26, 2024 9:33:37 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.

3,848 33,339 Looking to buy Banded Iron or Banded Jasper
by Mark K
May 25, 2024 13:04:40 GMT -5
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Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

12,720 183,921 The Official Day In Pictures Thread™️
by RickB
May 26, 2024 14:23:09 GMT -5


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