LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
Issue No. 314 - Friday, December 10, 2004
Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
Committed to carrying on the fine works of
Hale Sweeny and Jerry Dewbre
Have a great weekend.
Enjoy the list.
Index to Today's Digest
01 RE: Equipment book
02 RE: Equipment book
03 RE: Equipment book
04 NEW: Dare Devil Faceters?
05 NEW: Vibrating flat laps
06 NEW: Those looking for good facet rough
07 RE: Merril Murphey
08 RE: Merril Murphey
Subject: Re: Issue No. 313 - Friday, December 3, 2004
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 01:06:19 -0500
To: LapidaryArtsDigest <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Kreigh Tomaszewski <Kreigh@Tomaszewski.net>
Cc: Craig McGregor <email@example.com>
> Subject: Unsolicited Email about equipment book.
> Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:47:21 +1300
> To: 'LapidaryArtsDigest' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> From: Craig McGregor <email@example.com>
> Hi all
> Could you please let me know if the following is real, or a spam/scam email.
> I received an unsolicited email from a Bill Gallagher in Hachita, NM. About
> a book he has written on how to build home-made lapidary equipment. Can
> someone tell me if this is for real, and perhaps give a review of the book?
> I do not want to pass the message on to our club members here in
> Christchurch, NZ, without first having authenticated the information through
> a third party.
> Craig McGregor
> Canterbury Mineral and Lapidary Club
I had the offer passed on to me by a friend who knew I would be
interested (I collect plans for making equipment and have some posted on
my website). The book is real and I have a copy that arrived this week.
My first quick skim thru the book says the writing is a bit
disorganized, but there are a lot of details and information. The author
states you are buying a license to make what is described in the plans
for personal use, and you can't use the plans for anything else. Saws,
tumblers, grinders, laps, lathes and more are presented. Plans look
reasonable and I think everything is buildable. It was a bit overpriced,
but I have learned new tips and tricks and am not disappointed.
Subject: Unsolicited Email about equipment book.
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 20:11:14 -0600
From: "Gary Mullin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Using Google.com, "Bill Gallagher" produced a reference to
http://www.luxefaire.com/, check it out.
The Symbol Sez!
Subject: lapidary book
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 06:13:39 -0500
From: "Beth & Doug Dover" <email@example.com>
A question was asked concerning Bill Gallagher's books related to
building low cost lapidary equipment. Go to:
http://www.autodidactics.com for information on Bill and his concepts. I
do not have his books, but have dealt with him on equipment in the past
and can state that he is an extremely honest and ethical person. He is
open to questions concerning home building of lapidary equipment EVEN if
you don't have his book! I have personally questioned him concerning a
power feed assembly for a slab saw I am planning to build. The
information would be worthwhile to obtain, unless you already have a
complete lapidary shop. Standard disclaimer, no financial interest-just
a satisfied customer.
Subject: Dare Devil Faceters?
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 20:17:45 -0600
From: "Gary Mullin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Does anyone have an email to contact the
Dare Devil Faceters. I believe their in the NW
(Washington/Oregon) area. Would like to20
communicate with them.
The Symbol Sez!
Subject: Vibrating flat laps
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 21:39:35 -0500
From: "Richard Rosenthal" <email@example.com>
Hi all,I am wondering if I can get some feedback on vibrating flat laps,i just picked
up a set of four three foot circular vibrating tables, they are heavy duty indudstrial
looking machines and I was pretty pleased withmyself until I got them home and turned the
first one on. you know the tory about the gypsy who would sell the horse in the morning
knowing it woul break out of it``s new stall and return home each nite so that each ay he
could sell it again. Well I plugged in the first flat lap and it imediatly headed back
towards the Trenton area where I bought it. The vibration caused it to walk right across
the garage floor. Evidently the previous owner had the same problem as he included some
custom made rubber feet for it, they did not help. I am sure we are talking mount it to
the floor but I would love to hear from someone who has dealt with this problem , I do not
want to mount them to the floor[concrete] and then have cracks apear in the floor., Amy
thoughts or suggestions would be most apreciated. Best Wishes kenaii
Subject: Those looking for good facet rough
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 11:19:27 -0500
From: Jim Perkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I saw someone asked about sources for good faceting rough... I just
purchased a small parcel of nice African garnets from Color-Wright in
Tucson. They have always supplied me with some nice natural rough. Their
web site is www.facetingmachines.com. The other source I purchase
natural rough from occasionally is New Era Gems. Some have complained to
me that their rough is too expensive. However, I've always found their
rough is top shelf. I feel I get what I pay for. I have problems finding
quality sapphire of size. Recently I was able to obtain some from
Australia. Three of us put forward some money for samples. The stones
were nice and ranged from 8 to 53 carats in size. The quality was good.
However, I've not had much luck getting more. I have written to them but
they don't seem to responsive. Presently, I have samples of various gem
roughs on the way from Mongolia which seems to have good potential which
is largely untapped. Once I inspect the samples and cut some stones if
the source proves reliable I hope we can have quantities available for
the February Tucson show. Of course the pricing is also an issue. When
bringing in stones from such remote locations their are many
considerations dealing with customs and so on. I'll let you know if it
works out. I will not be the dealer. It seems many countries are
tightening up on rough gem exports as they can cut them in country and
earn more taxes, etc. However there is a market for equipment,
designers, instructors, managers and investors in these foreign
countries trying to set up modern production facilities which meet
higher quality standards. The future growth potential and ROI on capital
investment is tremendous. Once these people get the notion they want to
live in housing developments with two cars in every garage, there should
be a building boom beyond belief.
I'll keep you posted as I find out more.
Subject: Merrill O. Murphy
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 11:09:55 -0700
From: Steve and Nancy Attaway <email@example.com>
Dear Thurmond and Faceters,
Ron had asked about Merrill O. Murphy. Thank you, Ron, but I am sorry
to relate that our grand faceting guru of New Mexico died April 29,
2004. Ernie Hawes, our resident designer of faceting diagrams, wrote a
beautiful obituary for Merrill O. Murphy in the January/February 2004
issue of "The New Mexico Facetor". We faceters in New Mexico were truly
blessed to have had Merrill with us for such a long time. His wisdom and
gem knowledge was extraordinary, and he was very gracious about sharing
it with anyone interested. Merrill was also an intrepid hiker, and many
of us strove to keep up with him on gem hunts. Merrill O. Murphy ranks
among that group of great individuals of faceting who were dedicated to
gemcutting and generous in imparting to others the knowledge they had
acquired over the years.
Hi Nancy, Ernie's Post follows.
From: Ernie Hawes
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 12:36 PM
Subject: Merril Murphey
It's good to know that there are folks who still think about my good
friend, Merrill Murphy. Below is the obituary that appeared in the New
Mexico Faceter following Merrill's sad passing last April.
A Giant Has Passed
Merrill Murphy passed away on Thursday, April 29. Merrill's health had
been declining over the last few years forcing him to give up
participation in Guild activities. However, he continued to be
interested in the Guild and followed our activities in the Guild
newsletter and in visits with Guild members until sadly the ravages of
Alzheimer's took it's inevitable toll.
Merrill was one of the original members of the New Mexico Faceters
Guild, and served the Guild in various capacities. Merrill edited The
New Mexico Facetor for many years taking it from being a typical club
newsletter to being one of the premier publications in the faceting
hobby. Merrill was also a skilled writer and wrote numerous articles
for both our newsletter and for Lapidary Journal. Merrill also served
terms as a vice president of the Guild and was Field Trip Chairman for
An avid faceter, gem designer, and rockhound for most of his life,
Merrill researched the gems and minerals of New Mexico extensively, and
traveled throughout the state looking for likely prospects. Many years
ago, Merrill located a deposit of extraordinarily high quality moonstone
in southwestern New Mexico and held a mining claim on the deposit for a
number of years. If there was facetable material to be found anywhere
in the State, Merrill had been there to find it, and often took various
Guild members with him to look for more.
A kind, gentle and soft spoken man, Merrill was always willing to share
his extensive knowledge of our hobby, and often mentored beginning
faceters at Guild workshops. Anyone with a question about gems or
faceting could count on Merrill to help them, and the most knowledgeable
and experienced among us could always learn something more from Merrill.
An experimenter, Merrill came up with various techniques that he
readily shared, and that faceters throughout our hobby still use today.
Although he always stuck with his trusty Graves machine that he bought
in 1964, Merrill modified it in various ways, including installing a
powerful variable speed drive that was so silent you had to listen
carefully to hear it run. The gems that Merrill cut on that old Graves
were exceptional, and many found their way into professionally created
jewelry. Generous with his time and skill, Merrill also helped others
with their equipment, often spending many hours at no charge adjusting
and modifying a machine so that it ran better than new.
Surely, Merrill's spirit lives on in each of us who have been touched in
one way or another by him, whether it is by something he taught, a
question answered, a help given, or a design that he created and we cut.
Indeed, within our guild, Merrill Murphy was the last of a generation,
someone who became an expert when our hobby was young, and who helped it
to become what it is today. The Guild, and our hobby, has lost a true
friend, one of those giants on whose shoulders our hobby has been built.
We will miss him terribly.
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