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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

2,541 29,838 Hello! New tumbler here!
by standles
Feb 27, 2021 13:49:36 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.

147 1,316 pic test
by hummingbirdstones2
Feb 24, 2021 21:49:46 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 17 Viewing

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

4,946 61,128 Borax
by rads
Feb 28, 2021 9:43:10 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 2 Viewing

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

3,551 48,605 The Kids' First Batch
by miket
Feb 28, 2021 8:12:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 1 Viewing

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

11,034 147,215 Ohio Flint Cabochon
by hummingbirdstones2
Feb 28, 2021 9:00:07 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

4,776 58,827 Second Wrap - Another Stone Canyon w/ Copper
by jasoninsd
Feb 27, 2021 0:20:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

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

914 12,799 Greenstone and thomsonite
by lpl
Feb 27, 2021 19:41:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

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

334 4,664 Carved Obsidian
by jasoninsd
Feb 17, 2021 18:26:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc. - 2 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

1,632 24,666 Fridge magnets
by standles
Feb 27, 2021 21:58:59 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

102 1,475 Faceted rose-cut tigereye in a realistic eye design
by agatemaggot
Feb 17, 2021 19:29:19 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

149 2,618 Meteorite Spheres
by Brian
Feb 24, 2021 9:13:34 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

100 2,900 Tumbling in 6 inch Schedule 40 PVC Barrels
by jamesp
Jan 9, 2021 19:13:04 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

519 4,286 Featherhead
by stephan
Feb 28, 2021 1:32:47 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 4 Viewing

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

13,306 143,712 Is it possible to filter gritty water for reuse?
by jamesp
Feb 27, 2021 20:43:45 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

5,990 61,714 New Toys? For Me?
by rockjunquie
Feb 28, 2021 9:26:38 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 2 Viewing

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


1,824 22,785 homebuilt 10" trimsaw/grinder combo
by farmermac
Feb 27, 2021 12:29:20 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

3,422 38,626 GOT COPROLITE???
by rickb
Feb 27, 2021 15:33:13 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts - 1 Viewing

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

1,113 11,931 JamesP ROCKS!!!
by victor1941
Feb 24, 2021 19:45:21 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 1 Viewing

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

2,844 23,568 Blue-ish stone identification - SOLVED: BLUE AVENTURINE
by rockfrog
Feb 27, 2021 13:20:09 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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No New Posts Member Photography - 1 Viewing

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

9,894 136,040 Desert Sunset
by hummingbirdstones
Feb 23, 2021 20:01:15 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 1 Viewing

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

767 24,780 RTH Cabochon Challenge, Feb 2021, Earth and Sky theme
by stardiamond
Feb 27, 2021 10:40:15 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 8 Viewing

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

2,674 31,783 Creek and Campsite Rockhounding in norther California
by abalonehound
Feb 27, 2021 17:24:18 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

1,321 10,826 Lapidary Vendors Worldwide
by rockjunquie
Feb 27, 2021 13:15:50 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 2 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.

3,394 28,313 RayTech 5lb tumble-vibe for trade
by wpotterw
Feb 27, 2021 16:13:12 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.

11,905 159,980 The Official Day In Pictures Thread™️
by oldschoolrocker
Feb 28, 2021 9:42:01 GMT -5


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amygdule: "True Grit" Feb 25, 2021 13:11:15 GMT -5
amygdule: Psyllium is nice for smooth bowel movements Feb 25, 2021 13:48:55 GMT -5
rickb: You need smooth bowl movement when tumbling Feb 25, 2021 14:21:12 GMT -5 *
rickb: Hit 78° and sun here today, rain tomorrow Feb 25, 2021 16:09:23 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: Settling in for a Week of Rain Feb 26, 2021 6:31:14 GMT -5
rickb: That will float your boat Feb 26, 2021 6:35:52 GMT -5
amygdule: 46oF, Wet and Windy, High Surf Advisory for Newport, Oregon Feb 26, 2021 7:08:03 GMT -5 *
Wooferhound: Iran is between Iraq and a Hard Place Feb 26, 2021 10:13:20 GMT -5
rickb: Irock Urock Feb 26, 2021 10:16:28 GMT -5 *
mohs: I (rofl) U (rofl) Feb 26, 2021 12:10:47 GMT -5
1dave: I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM. Feb 26, 2021 13:04:55 GMT -5
rickb: Moe back Feb 26, 2021 13:15:41 GMT -5 *
standles: There I was just a walking down the street... "Oooh look a rock!" do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dooo Feb 26, 2021 17:10:12 GMT -5
amygdule: Thar he again :) Feb 26, 2021 18:05:38 GMT -5
Wooferhound: One day he will be mohs better Feb 26, 2021 20:01:58 GMT -5
Wooferhound: The more you mohs about him, the better he is . Feb 26, 2021 20:04:28 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: It looked good (Looked good)
It looked fine (Looked fine)
It looked good, it looked fine
And I'm gonna make it shine
Feb 26, 2021 21:48:58 GMT -5
1dave: The first FIVE DAYS after the weekend are the hardest. Feb 26, 2021 23:20:40 GMT -5
rickb: a Mohs 10 Feb 27, 2021 15:30:36 GMT -5 *
rockpickerforever: A diamond in the rough. Feb 27, 2021 16:45:41 GMT -5