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by catskillrocks
Oct 20, 2021 19:57:51 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.

165 1,518 Amazon add getting nuts
by amygdule
Oct 16, 2021 21:48:21 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

5,241 64,663 2900rpm to 7500rpm Lot-O WIP - 6mm hubs arrived
by knave
Oct 20, 2021 19:39:40 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 6 Viewing

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

3,702 50,777 How long do belts last?
by perkins17
Oct 20, 2021 18:12:31 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 2 Viewing

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

11,307 151,030 Blue Mtn, Aztec Lace & others
by victor1941
Oct 20, 2021 21:18:32 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

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

4,854 60,205 Wraps 7/24/21 - Miscellaneous Others
by knave
Oct 19, 2021 9:42:42 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

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

961 13,398 Feel good post
by fernwood
Oct 14, 2021 8:06:54 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 1 Viewing

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

340 4,748 Worry Stone Carving Complexities
by Chris Sikk
Oct 20, 2021 17:27:24 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc.

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

1,644 24,807 Macrame' Bracelet
by fernwood
Oct 18, 2021 6:28:53 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

108 1,544 Hemimorphite
by knave
Oct 6, 2021 9:28:51 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

155 2,681 Geode #2
by Fossilman
Oct 20, 2021 13:59:05 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 20 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 2,954 FINAL RESULT Mookaite heat treated at home
by ncboxorox
Oct 16, 2021 16:10:24 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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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

588 4,680 Giant Human Skeletons
by 1dave
Oct 20, 2021 16:42:19 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.

13,436 145,897 Rockhounding - Be Prepaired!
by 1dave
Oct 20, 2021 21:11:55 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

6,147 63,473 Photo of nice Copper Ore siice
by jasoninsd
Oct 20, 2021 20:22:12 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 14 Viewing

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


1,929 23,962 How to Tell if Arbor Bent?
by herb
Oct 20, 2021 18:17:58 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

3,485 41,147 Railroad Buttes Finds
by perkins17
Oct 20, 2021 21:07:25 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

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

1,135 12,149 Mystery Fossils from Oregon (solved)
by ericabelle
Oct 20, 2021 19:00:58 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 5 Viewing

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

2,976 24,653 Azurite but what is the matrix
by knave
Oct 20, 2021 9:01:33 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography

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

9,912 136,353 Cactus blooms from Huntington Gardens
by rockpickerforever
Oct 20, 2021 11:05:51 GMT -5
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Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

778 25,894 *~ OPEN ~* Cab Challenge Oct 2021 Theme: Seasonal Colors
by knave
Oct 20, 2021 20:39:55 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

2,748 32,468 Has anyone been to the Gem Shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin?
by rmf
Oct 20, 2021 14:36:59 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,352 11,096 Turkish vendor review
by broseph82
Oct 11, 2021 20:29:19 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 3 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.

3,480 29,472 Slabs Slabs Slabs! Mega-Auction #2 (photo heavy!)
by shinarump
Oct 20, 2021 19:20:35 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.

12,096 166,711 Special message from DaddyD
by daddyd
Oct 20, 2021 21:13:42 GMT -5


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