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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 112 - Monday April 21, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE:  Sleepy Stone
02  RE:  Cutting clean pink quartz
03  NEW:  Faceters Symposium 2003
04  RE:  Sleepy Stone
05  WTB: Danburite Rough

1 new ad today

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Message:01

Subject: Another Hoosier
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2003 00:30:10 EDT
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: VESteele@aol.com

Hello,
   This is Virginia in Elkhart, IN.  I believe that you are closer to a
gentleman who I have email conversation with who lives in Lyons, IN and works
at Crane Naval Depot.  The last I knew he could be reached at
richtherm@smithville.net.  His name is Rich Ashcraft.  He knows about the
Bloomington show and may be going there.  He is lonely too, but just got
married not long ago and probably do still facet.
   Best regards,
Virginia Steele

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Message:02

Subject: Chicago cutter wanted
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 13:41:43 -0700
To: "Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Tony <lightbender@thegemdoctor.com>

Hello Thurmond,

I received this e-mail and was wondering if there is anyone in
the Chicago area that would like to assist?

Tony


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Gems
Date: Today 08:30:50 am
From: "Ernest Reichert" <fourers@ameritech.net>
To: <cutter@opalsinthebag.com>

We were in Wisconsin Dells last year. Our children went to a
mining company there and found several stones within the buckets
of sand they sell at this mining company.
 
The people who work there identified many of the stones to
contain gems that need to be cut and shaped. They would have
done it in Wisconsin, but we did not want to leave the stones
there, as we live in Chicago.
 
I am attempting to find out if there is any place in Chicago,
Illinois that would be able to inspect the stones and advise us
if they are worth cutting into gems. If you have knowledge of
anyone in the Chicago area, they name, address and possibly a
telephone number would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
Ernie Reichert
fourers@ameritech.net

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Message:03

Subject: Jade drilling.
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 14:04:20 -0700
To: "Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Tony <lightbender@thegemdoctor.com>

Hello Thurmond,

I received this e-mail and was wondering if there were any
cutters with drilling equipment that would be willing to
estimate for this fellow.

As an alternative,  I advised him that ultrasonic drills were a
bit pricey and would take a while to recover costs and that rock
drills were slow but will work unattended but I don't know where
to get one. Any help or ideas are appreciated.

I also suggested he join the list :-)
Tony.


                     --------------------message-----------------

Tony,
 
 thanks for the quick reply to my e-mail. I make small pipes out
of stone. There would need to be about a 5cm length whole for
the stem that is 2mm in diameter. Also the bowl would need to be
about 1 cm in diameter and about 1 cm deep. The current stone
I'm using is jade.
 
 Right now, I'm only making a few pipes for fun, but would be
interested to know how much it would cost to drill ten such
pipes.
 
 Thanks for you time.
 
 Jim Farrell

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Message:04

Subject: Graves Mark 1
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 17:38:22 -0500
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "MR" <rugroden@attbi.com>

The Graves is SOLD!  I think this time it will stay sold.  It's going to
a Marine.

Martin

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Message:05

Subject: Danburite Rough
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 13:19:55 -0400
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Tyler Allen" <t.allen@mindspring.com>

I am looking for some large-xlarge pieces of 100% clean Danburite Rough.
 Please let me know if you have any.
Tyler Allen Atlanta, GA t.allen@mindspring.com

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TODAY'S FUNNY ~

BEING CREATIVE WITH TROUBLESOME KIN

You are working on your family genealogy and for
sake of example, let's say that your great-great uncle,
Remus Starr, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged
for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

A cousin has supplied you with the only known
photograph of Remus, showing him standing on the
gallows. On the back of the picture are the words:

"Remus Starr: Horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial
Prison, 1885. Escaped 1887, robbed the Montana
Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives,
convicted and hanged, 1889."

Pretty grim situation, right? But let's revise things a bit.
We simply crop the picture, scan in an enlarged image
and edit it with image processing software so that all
that is seen is a head shot.

Next, we rewrite the text:

"Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana
Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition
of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with
the Montana railroad.

Beginning in 1885, he devoted several years of his life
to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to
resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a
key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned
Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed
away during an important civic function held in his honor
when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

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REFLECTIONS AND TIDBITS:

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right

--- Henry Ford ---

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