Storms are one of my favourite things in the world. I love being just hidden in safety from pouring rain and wind. I’ve been meaning to do some night rockhounding and these days that’s when the tide is lowest.
Well, not the birthplace, but the place it was first discovered and after which it was named. Dallas Road is in Victoria on the south end of Vancouver Island. My girlfriend and I had a kitten-delivery trip to Victoria this weekend and made sure we stopped for a quick rockhound before the 5pm darkness.
Through the course of rockhounding, I’ve learned a few things about rocks. I went from total novice to now having a decent understanding at least of some of the rocks that surround me.
It’s officially wet season on Vancouver Island and I managed to get a couple good trips in to my favourite rockhounding locations.
I work at an auto shop part time. My favourite part of the job is delivering cars and auto parts to far-away locations. This time I got to deliver an auto part to north Vancouver Island, past Comox, which was a great excuse to rockhound in a new spot.
I took a trip to the spit area in Squamish, where high tide still affects the mouth of the river area. There’s a gravel bar that’s easy to access and I love all the beautiful quartz that washes up. I picked up a few big pieces, I just need places to put them!
Our special British Columbian rocks have been travelling all over the United States lately, and between that and my own tumbling, I felt justified doing a quick rockhound on the weekend.
It’s been rainy here on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. That and working has impacted my ability to take good pictures. So here are some not so great pictures of slabs I got from Tommy Lay.
Here’s what Dallasite, our lovely British Columbian jasper of green, white and black, looks like rough on the outside and then cut up to reveal the inside.
That’s all for today. These pictures and rock are thanks to Tommy Lay, who was generous enough to slab and cab some Dallasite for me.
I received an early Christmas present from Tommy Lay, this fantastic lapidarist I connected with on a rock tumbling website.
He was ridiculously generous. I opened the box with my mom and grandma and we were all oohing over every piece.
I had inquired about getting some of my Dallasite and Flowerstone cabbed and slabbed (as they say – made into cabochons and cut into slabs), but my two precious rocks here aren’t well known so we wanted to see if they could be worked well first. Turns out, they sure can.
This isn’t even half of what I got from Tommy, but these are the pieces for my lovely girlfriend. Tommy was kind enough to do a sterling silver wire wrap of a Dallasite cabochon, which I had never even asked for, to give to my girlfriend. I will post the other slabs and cabs soon.
I am basking in the glory of having rocks I picked up turned into this sort of beautiful jewellery. I know one thing now: I want a lot more!