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Howdy! I hope that you'll enjoy our minerals, stones and creations, and take the time to look through all of our posts. I'm currently looking for collecting partners for field trips in Central California & the High Desert areas. I also offer training in the lapidary arts, and am glad to offer shop facilities for training, too!
Recently, we joined the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society. I had another of those serendipitous happenings and was introduced to the Workshop Chairman by his boss, when I related that I was a rockhound. The FGMS is moving forward into the new century, and I recommend you join us! If you haven't found your local mineral or gem society, you can find them through the AFMS Regional page. In California, the CFMS "by City" Club page has Club info.
I hope you'll enjoy our site, and hope you'll contact me by email with any questions.
Always take: Safety glasses to protect from blowing dirt or rock chips when hammering.
Sturdy gloves that fit well. Jersey are sufficient for surface collecting, SNUG leather are best for spade or hammer work. I wear a pair of short fingered, padded palm leather gloves for most collecting.
WATER & SNACKS! At least a gallon per day per person.You can't have TOO much water! Also, bring water for washing your rocks. Snacks for keeping blood sugar up, and delaying that meal you feel like skipping.
Toilet paper! Pliers! -------------------
Recommended tools are a "rockhound" (geologists) pick or masonry hammer, we keep one in the car. Additional tools depend upon the size of rock you're looking for:
For small(er) rocks: Long bladed screwdrivers, a small (3lb) sledge hammer, a small shovel, a 3 tine garden weeder, a trowel. A pair of chopsticks is an amazingly effective tool for delicate rocks & fossils. A "screen box" would also be useful at this site.
For larger rocks or boulders: A long handled "spade" shovel, a crowbar or gad (pointed steel bar), a pick mattock, chisels, a larger sledge hammer, a hydraulic (ram type) jack.
Buckets or "rock bags" are a must. I use 1, 3 & 5 gallon buckets, and find the reusable grocery bags from the Grocery Outlet to be sturdy AND cheap!
Last, but certainly not least, a garden kneeler, footstool to sit on or kneepads are often quite helpful. A plastic tarp is always a good thing to have, if you prefer not to grovel in the dirt! ------------------------- Have a suggestion? Mail it to me, and I'll give you credit!