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2009 Gilsum NH Rock show

2009 Gilsum NH Rock show – looking north The Gilsum rock show held in Gilsum NH next door to Alstead NH and just down the street from the Toveco Mines, so to speak. I have been attending this event for … Continue reading

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Working the Tripp Mine, benching the pit side of the Wayne / Lee cut.

A miner must learn to eat a lot of humble pie. As posted in the last blog we were into a lot of very poor quality feldspar and there was a good  large pod of good quartz with feldspar crystals. … Continue reading

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Working the Tripp mine

We finished the mine clean up at the end of May. It’s surprising how much waste rock we stored in the mine working area. In retrospect last year’s fuel cost made us very creative in storing the waste rock. The … Continue reading

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Promoting Mineralogy and Gemology.

One person walking the talk is Sue Hadden, which started her third year as owner and promoter of the Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals in Grafton VT. I just put a mineral & lapidary display in the museum. This … Continue reading

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Mine clean up almost done.

With last years high fuel cost we didn’t remove all the waste rock from the mine working area. So now with the cost down we started removing all the waste rock from the working areas. As all ways this task … Continue reading

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A new mining season starts.

The mining hat gets put on and the gem cutting hat is almost on the hook. This past week and half we have been getting the Tripp mine ready for production. Every year is different depending on what the winter … Continue reading

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Mineral club shows

My favorite shows to work are the club shows. It gives me a great opportunity to talk rock and catch up on what is happening rock wise in the particular shows area. The event becomes a weekend party for me. … Continue reading

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Broadening the hobby

When I started the Clark / Tripp project, I did not expect to be so evolved and like the lapidary sciences. The Clark / Tripp project is now moving me into jewelry fabrication. Just as I have pointed out before, … Continue reading

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2009 Tucson Show

The Tucson show ended last weekend. I have not been to the show in the past 5 years. So the next best thing is checking on the blogs about the show. Just checking out the pictures of the area makes … Continue reading

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More Concave Cutting

One of the enjoyable aspects of concave cutting is that you do not follow a set gem stone design recipe. This is very helpful because I only cut natural untreated material. Natural material with its imperfection as jardin, inclusions, haze … Continue reading

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