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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 177 - Wednesday July 30, 2003
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Hi all,

Short list today. Keep those post coming in.

Thurmond

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Index to Today's Digest

01  NEW: Fisher Quarry 1936 Harvard Pocket Opened
02  RE: RAYTECH/SHAW
03  RE: Worst cutting Experiences
04  RE: Numb Index Finger

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Message:01

Subject: Fisher Quarry 1936 Harvard Pocket Opened
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 19:12:08 -0400
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Peter In Maine" <kulaczp@pivot.net>

Just a quick note to you all that my good friend has found and reopened the
old 1936 pocket at the Fisher Quarry located in Topsham Maine. This pocket
had been the talk of the town in the 1930's because of all the minerals and
gem material found there. Harvard used their funds back then to excavate and
open up this find. It was full of tourmaline, topaz , beryl and assorted
goodies. They ran out of funding and buried the pocket up hoping to get back
to it but never did.
Access by the owners of the property was denied for all these years until
now.
We started to dig it out last year and probably 30 hours of excavator work
and cleaning took place before the actual area was located .
Three people can fit into this vug .....
I was there with my boy last sunday and stood in this magnificent pocket
which was still covered with huge smoky quartz crystals and topaz and blue
tourmaline.
It was the most overwhelming experience of all my mineral collecting years.
I pulled out of the dump pile unbelieveable indicolites covered with
cerrusite coating.
I also found beautiful cystals of lepidolite, clevelandite and tourmaline
which was from the original mining operation.
The plan is not to blast the area but to slowly work the original pocket and
extract what can be seen on the surface. Joey started to remove clevelandite
from an area and opened up another pocket , softball size, loaded with blue
tourmaline......Unbelieveable .....
I took great pictures of the hole and adjacent area if anyone wants a look
at what mining was in the years gone by......
The tourmaline is all glass clean and facet grade, there is no junk
here.....although the crystals are in the 3 to 6 mm diameter range.......I
took home quite a few specimens that had over 50 tourmaline crystals on
them....
The topaz goes from clear to light blue in color......and the beryl goes
from sea green to aqua...........The clevelandite here actually could be
faceted because of its clean and glassy composition...
Hope to have more for everyone in the near future....

Peter and the Joe................................Maine is hot.............83
degrees today

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Hi Peter, Sounds like quite a bonanza. Please send some pics so I can post them
for the list to see. Let us know if and when you want to part with some of this find.
Send the pics to owner-lapidary@caprock-spur.com .
Thurmond

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Message:02

Subject: Re: RAYTECH/SHAW
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 20:45:40 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Downey <alckytxn@swbell.net>

> Subject: RAYTECH/SHAW
> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 00:18:05 -0700 (PDT)
> From: charles bell <bellcha@yahoo.com>
>
> Hello All: I hate to open this can of peas,...but 4 years ago I brought a
> RAYTECH/SHAW  facteing machine brand new .I thought  the hand piece
> approach would  give me a better edge on inspecting my stones when cutting.
> As time went on I noticed  anytime I needed something from this company
> I had to go through a dealer rep. I found this to be more irksome  as I found
> more fault with the workmanship and design of this  product.However I even
> went so far  last year  to endorse their product (in concept) on these very
pages.
> Now I hear they are no longer going to make handpieces.....no wonder the
> fellow posted the other day he wanted tp buy a new RAYTECH/SHAW
> handpiece, or whole new machine.

> I'LL TELL YOU I'M DISGUSTED,....with the whole outfit...what am I going
> to do if a flying stone comes back and chips the paint off my protractor?Or
> I am all thumbs when it comes to covering my handpiece with  some sort of
> plastic goop to keep them from turning black everytime  I cut a stone-from
> the flecking so-called wrinklepaint they used on it in a poor attempt  to
control
> handling.
> Oh they're good old boys from a state that makes great guns ;I'll just hang in
> there with them till they re-engineer a great new handpiece(if I don't design 
> a better one in the first place)But NO!!! they are not interested in continuing
> the AMERICAN WAY,..what ever happened to good old YANKEE ENGINEERING?
> Look I come from BOSTON where no one has their heads further up their
> behinds when it comes to keeping the braintrust on these shores .
> But I know there are countless RAYTECH/SHAW customers out there that
> are mad as H--- about this. Maybe this shake out will give birth to  some new
> real talent when it comes to  the promise  of a  better generation of hand held
> facters.
>
> CHARLES W.BELL JR.

Howdy Charles,

Haven't heard anything in a while about Imahashi but some RS users have
adopted those handpieces. There also MAY (any Kiwis or Aussies?) be an
antipodal machine which uses handpieces.
OR (watch out Jon!) Gearloose could perhaps offer kits or re-engineered
hanpieces for you RS users. maybe you should email him?

;^)

Carl
1 Lucky Texan

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Message:03

Subject: Worst experience, DOH!
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 21:26:35 -0500
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Carol Carter-Wientjes" <lavenderfish@cox.net>

I've been reading through some of the stories about "worst experiences" and
laughing myself into tears. Especially tonight's where a friendly wave got a
fellow into a big pickle! I guess when crazy things happen all you can do is
see the humor in it, at least after you stop kicking yourself. As a newbie
to the wonderful world of cabbing for about 9 whole months now seems it's
only fitting that if I find someone else's boo-boo is funny I better tell
one on myself too...

This is a story about how (ok, NOT) to stabilize flowering tube onyx. A
beautiful stone that tends to crumble and fracture pretty easily, so it came
with a recommendation to use a figerglass resin to treat it with. I got some
at Auto Zone? read through the directions, mixed the stuff up in a pan on
the patio with a chopstick, dropped a tennis ball size onyx piece in it and
went into the house to do something for 5 minutes while I was "waiting".
Okay, you see where this is going right? 25 minutes later, I suddenly
realized it was 25 minutes later and went right out to pull my rock out of
the pan. When I tried to pick up the chopstick (still in the pan too!) the
resin, rock, and pan came right up with it!!! ACK! My rock was stabilized
alright! I thought I was gonna get away not having to admit my boo-boo too
until the weather report for the night predicted a hard freeze and since we
live in New Orleans, hubby decided he better go out and wrap our pipes. He
came right back in the house with a puzzled look on his face "what's in that
pan on the patio?" Argh..........Live & learn, then LAUGH about it! :-)
Carol "I'd Rather Be Cabbing" Carter-Wientjes

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Message:04

Subject: Numb Index Finger
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 00:39:40 -0400
To: Vet.Surgeon@verizon.net
From: "Douglas Turet" <anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com>
Cc: lapidary@caprock-spur.com

Hi Paul,

     I read your posting with interest, and can't help but wonder with how
much pressure you're holding your stones against your lap(s)... Could you
elucidate for me? (Perhaps, you could draw some parallels to other tasks
with which you're using similar pressure?)  When I first began faceting, I
experienced similar difficulties but, since then, have modified my technique
to enable both a lighter touch and, in turn, more tactile sensation. If
you'd like to touch base about this off-line, I'll be home after 08/15, and
will be more than happy to help out in whichever way(s) I can. Until then,

Best regards,
Doug

Douglas Turet, GJ
Turet Design
P. O. Box 162
Arlington, MA 02476, U.S.A.
Tel. (617) 325-5328
Fax: (928) 222-0815
Email: anotherbrightidea@hotmail.com


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Subject: [Living in 2003]]
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 17:00:06 -0500
To: IFA Faceter's Digest <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: Downey <alckytxn@swbell.net>


Subject: Living in 2003

You know you're living in 2003 when...

1. You  accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played  solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone  numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail your mate who works at  the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with  friends is that they do not
have e-mail addresses.

6. When you go  home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in
a business  manner.

7. When you make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial  "9" to get
an outside line,

8. You've sat at the same desk for four  years and worked for three
different companies.

10. You learn  about your redundancy on the 10:00 news.

11. Your boss doesn't have the  ability to do your job.

12. Contractors outnumber permanent staff and  are more likely to get
long-service awards.

AND THE REAL CLINCHERS  ARE...

13. You read this entire list, and kept nodding and smiling.

14. As you read this list, you think about forwarding it to your  "friends"

15. You got this email from a friend that never talks to you  any more,
except to send you jokes from the net.

16. You are too  busy to notice there was no No 9.

17. You actually scrolled back up to  check that there wasn't a No.9.



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