Hello all, It’s been a good two years since I’ve posted on here, but people keep coming to this site, which is great. I’ve directed a few hounders to good spots for Dallasite and Flowerstone while I’ve been gone.
Rocks from the Northwest Territories
I’ve been on a northern adventure. I spent the end of winter in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and was recently stationed in Fort Simpson. While on the Mackenzie River, I found a few rocks. Nothing too exciting, but some shell and sea floor fossils.
Rock’n Hearts from Mr. Mohs
Dallasite and Flowerstone live on. I sent a couple of rocks to Mr. Mohs in the USA. He makes specialty “rock’n hearts” made of two slices combined into a heart shape. I asked for a Dallasite heart, a Flowerstone heart and a mix of the two.
Dallasite and Flowerstone cuts
Though I’m off the island, my Dallasite is all over the world. A friend in Georgia cut some Dallasite and Flowerstone I sent him. Big difference in look to some of these pieces. There’s such an incredible range with this rock. Behold the pictures!
Goodbye, Dallasite and Flowerstone – Vancouver Island rockhounding tips
With great sadness, I am leaving the land of Dallasite and Flowerstone (Vancouver Island). Real work, the non-rockhounding kind, has called me to the northern end of the continent in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. I am going to keep this blog up as a rockhounding resource for Vancouver Island, BC, and everything going well, Northwest Territories…
Mexican agates from Puerto Vallarta
My girlfriend and I just got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and like diligent rock hounders, we made sure to patrol the local beaches to check out what kind of rocks they’ve got down there.
Dallasite groove-wrapped cabochons for Christmas
Wanting all the worked Dallasite I can get, I commissioned Kidd Rocks Lapidary in Michigan to make me some of their fantastic silver groove-wrapped cabochons out of material I collected.
Getting the tumblers going again
I took a break tumbling as I figured out how I wanted to proceed. I spent a long time going through my tumbles of various stages, assessing and sorting them. I’ve refreshed my approach and got my big 12 pound Lortone Rotary Tumbler going this week.
Dallasite cabochons from BC Rockhound material
Tommy Lay is that fantastic lapidarist who first made cabochons from our Dallasite. Now he’s made some more. I sent him some high grade Dallasite, or so we deem it. He wrote a nice review of the material on this rock forum and posted a couple of his cabochons so far.
Tumble Batch 1: General failure, lessons learned
After finishing my first batch of tumbles, I took a long break from operating my rock tumblers.