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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST

committed to carrying on the fine works started
by Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Issue No.18 - Monday December 2, 2002
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The Lapidary Arts Digest is moderated by:
Thurmond Moore III & Fred Ward (Gemology)
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From the Moderator:

As promised all adds that are not permanent were
removed from today's mailing. If you don't find your
AD but still want one posted please send it to me.
All non-permanent adds will be removed at the beginning
of each month. Permanent ads will run for the calendar year
in which they were submitted. All ads will be purged at the
end of this year. If you have a permanent ad and wish to
continue running it after January 01, 2003 it will have
to be resubmitted after December 31, 2002 or you may
send an e-mail to owner-lapidary@caprock-spur.com
letting me know to keep your ad for next year.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

Lapidary Messages:
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01 Tumbling
02 Re: black wax doping


Faceting Messages:
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03 A scratching solution!?
04 samples and help for the design contest
05 Re: Apatite; Radiation
06 Re: THEFT
07 Re: Scratching
08 Re: Faceting Apatite
09 Re: Ultra Tec - Dial Indicator
10 radiant cuts
11 For Sale
12 New Orleans Rock Shops ?

Business Section - No messages today.
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LAPIDARY DISCUSSION:


Message:01

From: "peter thornton" <peter@peety.net>
To: <hale2@mindspring.com>
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 12:41 AM
Subject: Message from Website


> hi there
>
> I'm not sure if you might be able to help me. I want to get a tumbling
> machine to polish stones for my nephew. I know nothing about such a
machine.
> Could you help me with ideas as to where I might get one and what sort of
> stuff is needed to use it?
>
> Your help would be greatly appreciated
>
> peter Thornton
> 0411 287 675

_______

Hi all, This message was forwarded to me by Hale Sweeny. YEA Hale is still out there.
I did respond to Peter with some basic tumbler information as well as a invitation to join
our list.

Thurmond

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Message:02

Subject: black wax doping
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:36:22 -0600
To: "Facet Digest" <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Larry Davis" <ldavis32@cox.net>

To Norm Holbert:

Hi Norm.....

For one I will never fault you for doping a heat sensitive stone with black
wax.

Over the years I have used green wax to dop jelly Opal for faceting and
NEVER even once have I had a problem with over heating.

Most times the excess heat comes from someone getting the flame (alcohol
lamp or other hotter source) directly on the stone.

To get past this problem I would let the wax run down over and cover the
stone completely.

Then I would make sure the wax was hot enough to stick.

Let the whole thing sit and cool slowly and then with care chip the excess
wax off the stone.

Same thing with transferring. Just make sure the stone is firmly clamped
between the dops.

Larry Davis

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FACETING DISCUSSION:


Message:03

Subject: A scratching solution!?
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:27:39 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <webmaster@gearloose.com>

At 02:12 PM 11/27/2002 -0600, you wrote:

>Jonathan, I did find another possible source for my scratching. My plastic
>water drip tank is secured to an aluminum mast on the bottom and secured
>with an aluminum nut on the water side. Over the years the anodizing on the
>nut had failed and thus the nut had corroded. Corroded aluminum is Aluminum
>Oxide. So as I'm cutting and water is being thrown all over the place along
>with the swarf, so are chunks of Aluminum Oxide. End of story.


Actually this is wonderful news, and may help countless people over the
years. Once the problem is identified, it is fixed, and stays fixed. Some
of these puzzles have taken months to solve, but once we do, everyone else
is then alert to them. So thank you for the public service.
As a maker of laps, when I get scratch complaints, it makes my life
miserable till the problem is solved.

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Message:04


Subject: samples and help for the design contest
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 12:43:20 -0800
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Dan Clayton <dclayton@speakeasy.org>

Thanks for posting the announcement of the design contest
Thurmond. If members didn't notice it is in the contest area
at the end of the newsletter. The sample files I posted will
get someone started if they just want to modify a design.
None of these are very good for topaz of course until you
analyse and optimize them. That is the object of the contest.
Hope you enjoy it and get started with gemcad.

I uploaded five sample files for the design contest to the USFG
faceting list website they are in a directory at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/usfgfaceterslist/files/GemCAD%20Designs/Design%20Contest/

That is files>GemCAD Designs>Design contest>
You need to be a web member of the USFG faceting list to access.
You need to sign up as a web member to post or access. Watch
when you sign up that you don't tell them that yahoo and others
can send you offers in email or you will never be lonely again.

I also posted the files at http://www.faceter.info in the Gemcad
designs area of the faceters forum. You have to be a member to
post but not to read and download from the faceters forum. I don't
think you will ever get spammed by Mike and he will have a very
good site with a little more participation.

Remember the last day to submit designs for this contest is Jan 10, 2003.
We have design mentors available if you need help with gemcad or
design principles. You can post a question or send me a personal email
if you are shy or in a hurry.

Dan Clayton
dclayton@speakeasy.org


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Message:05

Subject: Re: Issue No.16 - Tuesday November 26, 2002
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 01:39:04 +0000
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Michael Hing <post@maiko.demon.co.uk>

>03 cutting apatite

I found polishing apatite fairly straightforward using a blue
spectralap. My piece was given to me and I actually thought it was
beryl to begin with. I started to wonder because it seemed slightly
soft. When I finished, I realised what it was.


>04 Radiation Poisoning

I also have a geiger counter. Out of everything I've ever tested, I've
found that yellow/green Tanzanian chrysoberyl has the highest readings.
But even so, the readings aren't particularly high.

?8-)
-Michael.

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Message:06

Subject: THEFT
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 22:09:46 EST
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Bellcha7@aol.com

<PRE>To byrdamlasu ,and all:Don't let theft defeat you or shortcircuit your
destiny.Sometimes our loss is from our own missunderstanding of what our
completion should be.I've lost 3 fortunes in my lifetime ;some I contributed
to,others unexpectedly and without my request.But I still share so I can
repair ...me&you.C.W.BELL JR.


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Message:07

Subject: Scratching
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2000 03:27:53 -0800
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Tony <lightbender@thegemdoctor.com>

Hello Dale,

On November 27, 2002 12:20 pm, you wrote:

> I did find another possible source for my scratching. My
> plastic water drip tank

I was a little perturbed to read your comment as it sounds to me
that you are using your drip tank to clear cutting swarf as well
as lubricate your polishing laps. I rank this practice as the
second biggest no-no, right after cutting with fingers anywhere
but on the stone. I have filtered water in a spray bottle, I
also have several spray bottles with prepared polish. I can add
polish or plain water with just a squeeze of a trigger and have
no fear of contamination as the bottles are sealed.

Tony.

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Message:08

Subject: Ultra Tec - Dial Indicator
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 19:43:15 -0500 (EST)
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: DaveWoolley@webtv.net (Dave Woolley)

Dennis,

Rather than a dial indicator you can easily try the Beale/Woolley Depth
of Cut Indicator. Do a google search for "Beale/Woolley" and disregard a
earlier "History of" article if you should find both.
Contac me off list if you have questions.

Best regards,
Dave Woolley

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Message:09

Subject: DIAL INDICATOR INFO RE FACETRON
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 19:03:47 -0800
To: Faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Charles Moon <clmoon@pacbell.net>

PLEASE NOTE: Just received a message from the inventor of the DIAL
INDICATOR for the FACETRON. Ross has manufactured several, and all
are for sale. If you are interested, contact ROSCOE E.CLARK at
<re.clark@shaw.ca> for pertinent information.

Charlie

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Message:10

Subject: radiant cuts
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 08:47:43 -0600
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Rockey Starnes" <rockeystar@cox-internet.com>

Hi all,
As a novice I am interested in easy but quality designs. I would like to
try a radiant or scissor cut. Could anyone point me to one that might
fit the bill? Thanks. -Rockey
P.S.- A free download would be great!

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Message:11

Subject: FS
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:15:39 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tyler Allen" <t.allen@mindspring.com>

Memebers:
I had a Nigerian friend of mine send me some rough that he needs to blow
out. I have two kilos of Peach colored Zircon with a little red also
mostly to cut melee but there are a lot of large stones as well in the
parcel. Also, I have 200 grams of dark blue Indicolite Tourmaline
thats needs to be heat treated, last of all a parcel of 50 grams of
assorted pink/red colored Tourmaline. Make offers. Tyler Allen
770-393-2547

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Message:12

Subject: New Orleans...
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 00:07:44 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Rich" <richtherm@bluemarble.net>

Well folks, it's started again, travel that is...... I will be in New
Orleans next week and was wondering if anybody knows of any rock shops
down that way..... I will be checking email etc while I'm there (Mon -
Thurs) so I will be able to get the list and direct emails. Hitting the
shops will give me something to do after work.

Thanks in advance,

Rich Ashcraft
Lyons, IN
richtherm@bluemarble.net


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RESOURCES FOR LAPIDARIES ~

Hale Sweeny's Lapidary Digest Archives http://www.lapidarydigest.com/
International Lapidary Association http://www.gemcutters.org


RESOURCES FOR FACETER'S ~

Facetron: http://www.facetron.com/
Graves: http://www.rockhounds.com/graves/
MDR: http://www.mdr-facet.com/
Polymetric: http://www.polymetricinc.com/
Ultra-tec: http://www.ultratec-facet.com
Fac-Ette Manufacturing Company: (910)256-9248
http://www.fac-ette.com/ 800-336-9248.
Raytech Industries: http://www.raytech-ind.com
Rock Peddler: 1-800-416-4348 / www.rockpeddler.com

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RESOURCES FOR GEMOLOGISTS ~

Accredited Gemologists Association, http://aga.polygon.net/
American Gem Society, (AGS) 702-255-6500
American Gem Trade Association, (AGTA) http://www.agta.org
Gemmological Assc. & GTL / Great Britain, http://www.gagtl.ac.uk/gagtl
Gemmological Association of Australia, http://www.gem.org.au
Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) http://www.gia.edu.giagem
International Gem Society (IGS) web site is: http://www.gemsociety.org
International Colored Gemstone Association, http://www.gemstone.org

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FACETING GUILDS (Alphabetically, World) ~

*Charleston Faceting Guild, South Carolina, wmcnay@mindspring.com.
*Columbia-Willamette Faceter's Guild, http://www.facetersguild.com/
*Danish Faceters Guild, http://medlem.spray.se/danfacet/
*East/Central Florida:Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's Faceters Guild,
Don Cameron: ghgemcutter@earthlink.net
*Eastern Mass Faceter's Group, rockpeddler@attbi.com
*Faceter's Forum Society-LaPorte, IN VESteele@aol.com
*Faceter's Guild of N. California, Wayne Meissner, lklomp@cnetech.com
*Faceter's Guild of S. California, Jerry W. Carroll, (818)348-6327
*Intermountain Faceter's Guild, Carl M. Unruh, (360)385-3753
*Midwest Faceter's Guild, E-mail: tgibbs@compuserve.com
*Mid-Williamette Faceters Guild, Albany, Oregon, Michael E. Bumcrot;
E-mail @ MBumcrot@valleyoilco.com
*Moreton Bay is a branch of the Australian Facetors' Guild, Brisbane,
Queensland. http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/afg
*New Mexico Faceter's Guild, Nancy Attaway, attaway@highfiber.com
http://www.attawaygems.com/NMFG
*North Puget Sound Faceting Guild, Keith Wyman, tfw@fidalgo.net
*Tacoma Faceting Guild, Chuck Bloch chuck_b@prodigy.net
*Texas Faceter's Guild, Jill Rowlands, gemsbyj@aol.com
*Seattle Faceting Club (LeonardBahr@prodigy.net)
*United States Faceting Guild (Keith Wyman, tfw@fidalgo.net)
http://www.usfacetersguild.org/events.shtml
*Vancouver Island Faceters' Guild - British Columbia, Canada.
wrheitland@shaw.ca

(Add your faceting organization here, US or International - Write to
( owner-lapidary@caprock-spur.com or owner-faceters@caprock-spur.com )

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TODAY'S FUNNY ~

Children's Science Exam Answers

[These are real answers...]

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe
to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large
pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All
water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon,
and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get
intercontinental.

Q : What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his
adultery.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: What is artificial insemination?
A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?
(e.g.,abdomen.)
A: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the
borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax
contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five
bowels (A,E, I, O and U) and where you learn English.

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REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS:

" The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones."

---Chinese Proverb---

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BUSINESS SECTION:
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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS:


Subject: FS
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:15:39 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tyler Allen" <t.allen@mindspring.com>

Members:
I had a Nigerian friend of mine send me some rough that he needs to blow
out. I have two kilos of Peach colored Zircon with a little red also
mostly to cut melee but there are a lot of large stones as well in the
parcel. Also, I have 200 grams of dark blue Indicolite Tourmaline
thats needs to be heat treated, last of all a parcel of 50 grams of
assorted pink/red colored Tourmaline. Make offers.

Tyler Allen
770-393-2547

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COMPETITIONS:

For All National and International Masters, Past-Masters and
World-Class Cutters:

This post is simply a reminder that in 2003 the USFG will host its
first National and International Faceting Competition. It is called
the North American Faceting Challenge -- 'NAFC.' Since the designs
and rules were first published in the 2001 September Issue of the
USFG's Newsletter, and since they have not been published since 2001,
some of you, who are most capable - skill-wise, may not
know about the competition, and some of you may have forgotten. The
"NAFC" is an OPEN Competition. Please note: The designs and rules
can be downloaded at <http://www.usfacetersguild.org/events.shtml>.
The closing date is June 20th, 2003; the amount of time between the
present date and June 20th, 2003 should be enough for all Master
cutters to cut the two required designs -- Fred Van Sant's "Four
Star," and Charles Covill's "Wind Wheel No. 2." If further
information is needed, please contact me at <clmoon@pacbell.net>.

Charlie Moon

*****

Subject: First USFG faceting list design competition.
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 16:29:21 -0800
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Dan Clayton <dclayton@speakeasy.org>

First USFG faceting list design competition.

Design: Hexagon or Hexagon Cushion in Colorless or Colored Topaz

Judging: Highest number for total ISO values at 0, 10, 20,30, 40
and 50 degree tilt with five degree head shadow in GemFramx will
win. Example parameters are given below to achieve this configuration.
Online designs must be submitted by January 10, 2003. Design and
cut entries should have the design posted by that date but stone judging
will take place at the OPLC Hobnob in Tucson in February 2003.

Publication: All entries will be posted on the USFG faceting list site
and possibly on the USFG site as well. Designs may be included in
a USFG list CD. Designers maintain copyright to their designs but
must allow posting on the USFG faceting list site. Posting or publishing
elsewhere is not only permitted but encouraged.

Followup: Additional contests may be held for other shapes and
materials if there is sufficient interest and participation.

RI 1.61
head shadow 5 degrees
ignore glare no (default)
tilt movie yes (default)
starting tilt direction 0
ending tilt direction 5 (default)
maximum tilt angle 50
tilt increment 10
suppress VGA no (default)
concave no (default)
COS files no (default)
ISO files no ( you can enter yes if you wish
but it will fill your disk )
DISP files no (default)
exit files no (default)
starting file # increment each run if you wish to save images

Values for ISO will be summed and used as ISO total.
ISO Total will be deciding factor in judging but there will be 30
points deducted for a missed meetpoint. Fractional

Special recognition will be given to most original design as determined
by team of four judges selected by Jeff Ford or delegate/s.

Classes:

Individual,
all work must be done by one individual. In the
case of a fractional indices or an incomplete design a design
coach will explain how the problem can be fixed and the
entry will be moved to Coached class.

Team/Coached,
more than one individual from a club, guild or area may work together
as a team. If an individual wishes coaching they may do so but most
work must be done by the entrant with only suggestions by coach. This
means Fred Van Sant or some other designer can not do a design that you
enter as your own. I encourage friends, club/guild members to enter as a
team. Do not hesitate to enter if you need some coaching. We have design
mentors who are happy to help you.

Modified,
for a public domain design or a copyrighted design that the copyright holder
gives you permission to use. You enter design with modified angles, new tiers
or deleted tiers which gives "optimum" performance as determined by ISO
total. We will post at least two very basic designs you can enhance as you
please.

Design and Cut,
design will be posted and ISO Total noted but beauty of the finished stone
will be the judging criteria. Stones will be judged at the OPLC Hobnob in
Tucson. Individual, Team/Coached and Modified designs will be judged
separately.


I hope this format will encourage design and optimization oldtimers and
newcomers to get involved and hopefully develop their skills. All
entries will be posted on the site and may drive some traffic and interest.
I think ISO Total is as good as any single value to evaluate design
performance but we will look to improve criteria in the future.


Dan Clayton


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SHOWDATES:

~ FLORIDA


Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society is again presenting
our yearly gem show, the Parade of Gems, November 23rd and 24th at the
Melbourne auditorium, 625 E Hibiscus Blvd in Melbourne, FL, from 10AM to
6PM. Admission is $3, with kids under 12 admitted free.

*****

Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society's annual show will be held on Dec. 14 and 15 at
the Volusia County Fairgrounds, located on state route 44 in Deland, Florida.
Fairgrounds are 1 mile east of interstate route 4 at exit 118. We will have at
least one showcase of faceted gems done by our members. Thank you, John Withey


*****

~ CALIFORNIA


FACETERS SYMPOSIUM 2003
Presented by the Faceter's Guild of Southern California
At the Seaside GEMboree AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show
Ventura, California June 6-7-8, 2003


You are invited to participate in the Faceters
Symposium 2003 which will be held at the Seaside Park
(Ventura Fairgrounds) at Ventura, California during the
AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show. The Faceters Symposium dates
are June 6th, 7th, & 8th. That is Friday, Saturday, &
Sunday. The CFMS GEMboree is on those dates as well as on
Thursday the 5th of June. All of this is at the same
location, just a hundred yards from the beach.

The Faceters Symposium will feature ten speakers, who
will have presentations covering various parts of gemstone
faceting interests. A Hospitality Hour on Friday evening
and a Saturday Awards Luncheon are also part of the
Symposium. There will be competitions at the Novice,
Advanced, & Masters levels. Get started on your
competition entry soon.

The CFMS GEMboree itself will have buildings that have
exhibits on display, dealers with their wares to offer,
demonstrators to show how it is done, and speakers with
presentations covering other lapidary fields of interest.

For information & costs regarding the Faceters
Symposium (including competition information), your contact
is listed below. Ask for one of the Packets. Be sure to
state your snail mailing address so that a Packet can be
mailed to you.

Glenn Klein, Chairman
24001 Muirlands Blvd., Space #79
Lake Forest, CA 92630 email: glennklein@yahoo.com


~TENNESSEE

The Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. announces their
22nd annual "Earth Treasures" Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show.
There will be door prizes, auctions, exhibits, demonstrations and 30
dealers from around the US.

The MTG&MS is a not-for-profit educational society, made up of local
members from around Middle Tennessee, interested in the study, collection
and understanding of minerals, the earth's geological history, jewelry
making, and the polishing of gem stones. The profit from this annual
show and sale go to fund nine (9) scholarships at regional universities,
along with two Tennessee Elementary Schooll Earth Science projects
and two middle Tennessee Senior Citizens workshop programs.

Date: December 14-15, 2002

Time: 9 AM-6 PM Saturday & 10 AM-5 PM Sunday

Place: Creative Arts Building, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, Tennessee

Admission: $2.00 Adults, $0.50 High School Students, Under 12 free with an adult

Contact: Will Smith (615) 366-1022 Show Chairperson

Web Site: www.mtgms.org Email: willsmith.2@comcastnet

Exhibits: Show cases of Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry, cut and polished gemstones

Including local Elmwood minerals from the zinc mines at Carthage and beautiful
Tennessee Paint Rock Agate from the mountains of Middle Tennessee

Demonstrations: Silversmithing, beading, wire wrapping, flint knapping and faceting

Other activities: Hourly door prizes and silent auctions

Dealers will offer:

Gold and silver jewelry, mountings and repair

Colored gem stones & diamonds, loose or mounted in jewelry

Crystals and minerals from around the world including our local-world renowned
golden calcites from Carthage

Fossils and artifacts including dinosaur life, marine life and prehistoric arrowheads,
along with modern flint knapping

Tools and supplies for the above

Feel free to call if you have any questions. We appreciate your help and support.


~VIRGINIA

Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society - 22nd Annual Show at the
Salem Civic Center, Salem, VA 11/29-12/1/02. Thanks,Larry White

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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST PERSONALS:


KANSAS: If anyone in the central portion of the country from Oklahoma city
to Wichita to Kansas City would be interested in forming something like the
Flatland Facet Guild or some such name give me a line at
faceter@bigfoot.com
Larry W. Davis
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ILLINOIS - MISSOURI (Central Area, hubed around St. Louis, Missouri) A
group of 4 faceters have met and we had a great time. We intend to meet
again and would like to have fellow faceters join our group. I received an
email from another Newbie that expressed interest in attending our next get
together. Faceters from any and all areas are welcome... It's swell to meet
personally and exchange tips and hints! COME JOIN OUR GROUP! It's FREE! ;o)
Doug Smith, Alton, IL .at: gembin@spiff.net
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INDIANA: I moved to Valparaiso, (Northwest) Indiana, about three years ago.
Are there any clubs in this area? or is there anyone interested in starting
one? I do faceting and some cabbing. Not much here but cornfields. Nice
scenery, but I get sooooooo lonely. LOL Let me know. (Bill) "William
J.Pysnack" <wjpin@home.com>
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S.E. LOUISIANA: Anyone in or around the New Orleans, LA area wishing to
form a club or have get togethers for faceting, discussions, cabbing,
procurement, etc. Please contact me via email @ tbird@bayouself.org. (Thom
Bird - Chalmette, LA)
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MISSISSIPPI: If anyone is near Meridian Mississippi and would be interested
in forming some kind of club or just get together with faceting and/or
cabbing please e-mail me at jennings@netdoor.com Thanks, Jim
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TEXAS: Anyone in the Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend area that is interested
in starting a local faceter's guild contact me at: hankswan@earthlink.net or
gemscc@msn.com or telephone 361-857-2405 (days) or 361-992-1296
(evenings).Hank swan
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WASHINGTON DC.(Rockville Md area) Looking for folks to get together
occasionally to facet. I have just started faceting and am also interested
in sphere making (infinate # of facets) Robert Winfield
winfielr@inra.nimh.nih.gov
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