Rock Hunting: Polish Your Finds in a Rock Tumbler

Anyone getting into lapidary work almost invariably starts with a rock tumbler. Often, it’s one of those plastic barrel tumblers found in toy stores and marked “Scientific!” for wannabe nerd kids like myself. Plug them in and they roar to life suddenly as the rough stones beat against the unpadded plastic barrel sides. Kits like […]

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Rock Hunting: Minerals are Out There

“There’s nothing left to collect.” Those are the first words I wrote for the book Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with co-author Karenne Snow. A longer time has passed since I wrote those words than I like to admit, but the reason for writing them remains the same. It is a lament I […]

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