LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 199 - Wednesday, September 03, 2003
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Index to Today's Digest
01 RE: Precision LP Gas Torch
02 NEW: Interesting looking rough dealer e-mail address
03 RE: Ed Soukup Sale
04 NEW: Stabilization of pottery shards.
Subject: replies to torch
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 03:59:00 -0600
From: "jake" <email@example.com>
I must have struck a cord when I sent the letter about the Precision Gas
Torch. I receive some positive mail on this. I got it on Saturday, and there
was a connector, but it will not connect to what I need, so I will have to
order a regulator and it will take a few days before it is up and running.
(It seems that there is always more to everything.) All I can say as of now
is that this looks to be a serious piece of business, and is well made. The
high-pressure hose is better than anything I have seen (noticed) on
construction sites using a torch. Several letters to me said that they hope
I will post the results, which I believe will be positive. The paper work
was light, other than saying hook me up, but adequate. And I did notice that
the 44a dose come with all three tips from the paperwork.
A George Mather, Pastor, wrote me and said it was good to know that there
were others into lapidary in Utah. He also said he wished there were a club
in St. George. In fact there is. Problem with this is that many don't know
where to ask. Most are not aware that there are many places to go to. Where
I live there is a shop/class connected with the Golden Spike Gem and Mineral
Society. This is also closely tied to the Bee Hive Club. There are also
shops in Riverdale, Clearfield, Layton, and elsewhere. Unfortunately, many
are in senior centers where they sometimes insist you be 50 (not always),
which won't affect me. As a pastor if the local center has restrictions (on
being over 50) or only meets in the daytime (many out can't use that)
perhaps some class could be arranged through the St. George club to
introduce this to the younger crowd.
For anyone out there wishing to find a club near them (you will enjoy it),
try these links, for the US
http://www.facetersco-op.com/zabinski/Clubs/Utah.html in Canada
http://www.canadianrockhound.com/clubs/index.html and in Australia
http://ozbird.com/oz/Subtopics/lapidary1.html -. This list is 2 years old
since it was last updated so others may have been added. Also although I do
not know the details they are all connected through (here in Utah) a state
organization, which is connected to the rocky mountain org. which is a part
of the western regional (includes California, Oregon etc.). So if all else
fails by asking, further details can be learned. Even if you can not use any
of the service they may have at some center you may enjoy rock hounding
trips or trading material. Although few (heavy on the rock hounds though)
there are almost always at least one faceter.
Subject: Re: Issue No. 198 - Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 18:25:43 -0400
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> "LapidaryArtsDigest"
Not sure if it is allowed? Wanted to pass on the email address of a site for
wholesale lots of small faceting rough. Never bought, but looks interesting.
Hi John, What is the site address ?
Subject: Ed Soukup Sale
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 23:04:21 -0700
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <email@example.com>
From: "Steven W. De Long" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just read Terrie's post. I went to the sale too.
I didn't see too many lapidary related books but I did buy two autographed
copies of the Facet Cutters Handbook. I had one personalized by Mr. Soukup
and kept the other for a spare.
I also bought over a $100 dollars worth of facet rough. The prices were
My best find was a 104 carat aqua that's about 95% clean. Highly dichroic
but a nice blue on one axis, not a double blue or anything, but nice.
I also got a 22 carat peach morganite that's clean and blocky plus another
bag of morganite, same color, with 5 pieces from about 8 to 25 carats each.
I got a few strange things as well. How about green topaz? And Synthetic
Periclase (with handwritten note describing properties)? How about
turquoise (great blue and very hard) that's coated top and bottom with
I had a really good time. It's really neat to be able to meet some of the
old timers who blazed the trails in our hobby. I got to meet Fred Van Sant
in Ventura, too and talked to him about an article he wrote in an old
magazine that inspired me to cut a freeform faceted stone.
I've said this before and I'll say it again...one of the greatest things
about this hobby is the common man can rub shoulders with the giants in the
field. They are open and approachable and friendly and helpful. It's
Hope everyone had a great holiday.
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 11:22:09 -0700
From: "George Mather" <email@example.com>
I would like some sound advice. I am cutting some cabs for pendants.
These cabs are made from ancient "Anasazi" pottery pieces. Before
setting them in silver I want to make sure that the pottery pieces are
stable and in addition, I want to put a material on them that will
enhance the color of the original paint. Any ideas anyone? Thanks.
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