Issue No. 237 - Thursday, October 30, 2003
Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
Hi all, You probably noticed that there was no digest
yesterday. It was due to lack of post. Get 'em in early!

Index to Today's Digest

01  AD: Back on Ebay
02  RE: Raytech Handpiece Binding
03  RE: Raytech Handpiece Binding
04  RE: book on Faceting in Portuguese wanted
05  NEW: Soapstone value ?


Subject: Back on Ebay
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 23:08:18 -0600
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Larry" <ldavis32@cox.net>

I have started listing again on Ebay.   Right now I only have one offering
but faceters should be satisfied.  It is a single preformed Pear shape
golden yellow citrine quartz weighing just over 15 ct.

Paste the following in the search box on Ebay and it will take you there....

Larry Davis


Subject: Re: Raytech Handpiece Binding
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 22:08:26 -0800
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Don Rogers <Don@Campbell-gemstones.com>

>      Has anyone had a problem with their Raytech handpiece becoming
>difficult to index?

This is a common problem.  The cause is usually a build up of swarf on the
front of the hand piece.  A light oil such a s wd40 or sewing machine oil
might loosen things up, at least temporally.  The best bet is to remove the
collar at the dop end (and the adjustable collar if you have one).  Take
care to retain the thin plastic washer between the collar and the quill
housing when re- assembling.  Pull the quill out of the housing from the
back (index gear side).   Wipe everything down with a cotton cloth and
alcohol.  Clean out the interior of the Quill housing.  Spread a very light
film of sewing machine oil, NOT WD40, on the quill and re-assemble the
unit.  The index pawl lock out should be in the correct position, and you
would apply upwards pressure one the collar while tightening the
setscrews,  If you push on both ends of the quill, you should not detect
any movement.  The quill should turn with a slight drag when it is adjusted
correctly.  If it spins freely, you do not have the end play properly
adjusted.  There should be a slight drag when turning the quill.  After
cleaning and lubricating the quill, you should re-set the adjustable quill
using the double dop.

Some of the older handpieces have a set screw under the quill block that is
used to take up any slack in the quill to block clearance.  Make sure this
screw is completely backed out when setting up the quill / collar.  After
the end play is set up correctly, you can then tighten this setscrew to if
you need to.

A note  when indexing with the Raytech,  There is very little mechanical
advantage between the index pawl and the gear.  It is easy to get an
incomplete index.  Always rock the gear back and forth after dropping the
index pawl into the gear to make sure it is fully seated.



Subject: Raytech Handpiece Problem-Solved
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 14:01:56 -0800
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Rick Hendrickson" <charh@earthlink.net>

     My sincere thanks to all that answered my request for help
concerning my binding handpiece. The problem, identified by all who
answered, was one of my own making. It appears that cleaning the
handpiece with a high pressure hose forced swarf or contamination into
the collar area.
     It is quite impressive to receive a large number of responses, in
less than 24 hours, from a group of fellow facetors, willing to share
their information and experience.
     You are absolutely a great group!!!

My Best Regards,
Rick Hendrickson
Georgetown, TX


Subject: RE: book on Faceting in Portuguese wanted
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 16:24:16 -0700
To: faceters@caprock-spur.com
From: Michael Williams <mrw23@adelphia.net>


Although I don't know of any faceting books in Portuguese, I do have one
suggestion.  They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and maybe
seeing some people demonstrating/teaching faceting on a video tape would be
helpful for that person.  Even if her English isn't so good, she can see
how things are done, and I think that would be really helpful.  As I have
offered here previously, I loan out a couple faceting videos, and your
friend (or anyone else) is welcome to get on the list to check them out.  I
put up a page with details if you are interested at


Mike Williams


Subject: Information requested
From: Gordon Gray <grgray@shaw.ca>
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com

Hi folks, I have about 100 pounds of hi grade carving soapstone, that I purchased
30 years ago,...I wish to sell it in my city(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), how
much should I be asking for it?

With respect,

Gord Gray


None Today!








PERSONALS: (General Lapidary and Faceting)






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Poem of English

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough --
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!



Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

---C. Archie Danielson---


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