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LAPIDARY ARTS / Backing Turquoise
« Last post by steve on Today at 11:12:29 AM »
  If any of you silversmith with Turquoise what do you use for the backing? Have some I picked up the last few years and a guy from our club will teach my wife and myself how to silversmith some of them. Found one guy that uses Devcon steel putty.

Thanks
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Ran from the smoke for a few days
« Last post by HeySal on Today at 08:47:24 AM »
We can't even see the sun here.  Bend was smoking over when I went through and 138 was closed.  Anyone else starts a fire and all those people crammed in here for nothing.  My niece called yesterday from North of Sacramento and she said that I-5 North was gridlock - all campers and RVs, so with gas stations already shutting down, we're going to have a real solid mess here in the next 24 hours. 

Almost poetic justice at this point.   Tourism has already gotten heavy enough in Central and Western OR that it's ruining what they are coming out for.

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LAPIDARY ARTS / Re: Cutting polishing gold sheen obsidian
« Last post by rockhound82 on Today at 07:29:35 AM »
Ive cut and polished some golden sheen obsidian before but mostly rainbow that I dug from Davis Creek, CA. I cut and polished that same as the rainbow and it came out pretty good. Of course I am still a beginner with rockhounding and lapidary work, but my experience with obsidian is somewhat ok so far. Just my two cents....
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LAPIDARY ARTS / Flat Lap Machine
« Last post by rockhound82 on Today at 07:25:06 AM »
Hi Everyone,

New here to the forum. I am looking to get a flat lap machine. What is the best brand and size to get? Looking for suggestion.

Thanks  ;D
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OFF THE TOPIC / Re: Rickhounding while hunting
« Last post by Markphoto3 on August 18, 2017, 01:16:48 PM »
Wish i had been into rockhounding when i was hunting. Allways had alot of acreage to hunt on. Could have been doing some digging in the summer months. Came across a long run of dino tracks on one lease. Wish i could turn back time. Don't mind the research and leg work, so it will work out.

Some of my better leads for new areas come from my friends that hunt.  They cover a lot of ground and always seem to come across something interesting.  Markphoto3
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Ran from the smoke for a few days
« Last post by Oxenkiller on August 18, 2017, 01:03:19 PM »
The whole eclipse thing has made an utter mess of things.  Everyone and their dog who lives south of the eclipse path is coming to Idaho and Oregon right now.  A lot of places, gas stations have even had to close because they are totally sold out and dry.  Meanwhile roads are choked off with gridlock, not only is there no hotels or motels anywhere, but forget about even trying to pull off the road to camp!!  That option wont exist either as all the pullouts are full.
It's not like the eclipse won't cross Wyoming or Nebraska too- but those states, for whatever reason, aren't seeing the mass pilgramage issues that we are in the northwest.  Heck, probably a lot of those Wyoming and Nebraska people are coming here, too! 

My recommendation would be to head south- as far out of the damn eclipse zone as possible; into northern California or Nevada.  There was no smoke in northern Nevada when I passed through there on Wednesday.  (In fact I wish I could tell the 1.2 million people cramming into Idaho right now the same thing- go south.)

Sad to see Prineville hunted out.  I dont know many of the hunting spots there except for Richardson's Ranch, and a few "Somewhere Off That Way" kind of rumors.  That was an area I had looked foreward to exploring some day.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Ran from the smoke for a few days
« Last post by HeySal on August 18, 2017, 08:01:22 AM »
The smoke was starting to hurt - it's been weeks this area has been in a deep cloud of wildfire smoke so I lit out a few days ago to find anywhere with clear skies to do some hunting.   Ended up in some of my old haunts just south of Prineville.............to find them mostly hunted out.  I brought back a few rocks but didn't find one thing that really excited me.  Got a few pieces of calcified wood - not good for much but decoration.  Got a handful of other agates - none spectacular. 

I was really disappointed to see that region so completely hunted out. I used to be able to count on a nice cache with a few really spectacular finds any time I went there. My ability to climb and hike is limited right now and that might help, but it's no guarantee since others aren't limited and the areas I was in were not listed in books. 

What made me real upset was the amount of trash people are throwing.  What the hell is wrong with someone's head to take full garbage bags, baby diapers, furniture, and dump them wherever? 

Anyhow - that area is no longer smoke free.  Not sure what direction it drifted in from.  Probably going to have to bug out again after that million people coming in for the eclipse have their chance to burn the state down and just take off in whatever direction is fire free for a few.   

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OFF THE TOPIC / Rickhounding while hunting
« Last post by Book binder on August 17, 2017, 01:37:37 PM »
Wish i had been into rockhounding when i was hunting. Allways had alot of acreage to hunt on. Could have been doing some digging in the summer months. Came across a long run of dino tracks on one lease. Wish i could turn back time. Don't mind the research and leg work, so it will work out.
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OFF THE TOPIC / Re: Meteor Shower coming........
« Last post by HeySal on August 13, 2017, 10:16:58 AM »
Well, I found out that the strength of this one was a hoax - still will be good showers. It's so smoky here, I couldn't see the sky last night.  Bugging out tomorrow and going as far as I have to go to have some decent air to breath for a few days, so will be able to see at least a conclusion of the showers.
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OFF THE TOPIC / Re: Meteor Shower coming........
« Last post by CM Stevens on August 12, 2017, 09:40:02 PM »
Crap, it's raining here. I didn't get up in time this morning and I've been waiting all night for the "thunder storm" to clear up as thunder storms usually do.  :-[
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