WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
My interest in lapidary began back in 1965-1966. I was teaching school in Oakdale, Nebraska. During the General Science unit on rocks I decided to go into the countryside to pick up some rocks and bring them into the classroom. To my surprise, I could not find any rocks. We had just moved into an area called “The Sand Hills”.
There were no outcroppings of rocks or even rocks in the stream-beds.
Everything was sand. I saw an advertisement for a rock club meeting in a nearby city (Norfolk, NE), I went. This should be a place I could find some rocks. This must have been a “bring your very best” for show and tell. There were tables full of polished rocks, polished specimens, jewelry cabochons, and beautiful jewelry.
I was hooked!
I don’t remember if I was able to get any rocks for my classroom but I made plans to acquire rocks and equipment for myself. I subscribed to rock magazines and read all I could about agates, jasper, petrified wood and lapidary processes. I learned techniques by research and trial and error. Today I am using the resources on the web to a greater degree. Now, let me be a source of service to you. I will sell you my polished materials ….Let me know your needs.
My work area
A place for:
- sawing rocks,
- polishing flats,
- preparing slabs for cabochons or cabs for short,
- and polishing specimens too.
I also do the cabbing and jewelry work here. The area may seem crowded, but I use the work area as storage area also. The rough materials are readily available.
When I list one cab, I will usually have more cabochons or cabs of the same kind of material so I will have it marked..
I keep track of my personal projects and what special orders need worked.
Your orders are important.
I work in two 8×12 foot buildings. These are conveniently located at the back of our home. (NOW THREE BUILDINGS.)
I will update my web site with more pictures and pages as I get more pictures ready. I love my work and am glad there is always much to do.
(I like to be kept busy.)
NEW SHOP BUILT IN SUMMER OF 2005
I work with groups of cabochons or polished specimens at the same time. This saves time as I can finish one stage or process on a group of items and then go on to the next stage of the process of polishing
MY OTHER INTERESTS
I am affected with Gold Fever.
I enjoy looking for places to pan for gold. I don’t have to go to known gold areas. It is just as fun for me to go where there is no known gold.
When I find a tiny flake in these areas, I am really delighted. It isn’t the quantity of gold that excites me but just the finding some.
In fact, I think it is more enjoyable finding gold where there is none known to be.
If you are in the Portland, OR area and would like to know the locations I have found a few speck of gold contact me.
1. Johnson Creek SE Portland, OR.
There isn’t supposed to be any gold in the area but there is an occasional flake or two.
2. Creek near Vernonia, OR.
There isn’t supposed to be gold here, but there is a few fine specks.
This creek just east of Vernonia has a few small pieces of Petrified wood and a lot of real small hollow twig like pieces of material composed of sand like material. This is an unknown material but I call it some kind of fossil.
3. Copper Creek, Washington
This is an old mining area and there is enough gold here to make a fun family outing.
THOUGHTS ABOUT LIVING
THOUGHTS ABOUT LIFE
THOUGHTS ABOUT DYING
THOUGHTS ABOUT DEATH
IS HEAVEN IN YOUR FUTURE?
Ask me about my thoughts of Heaven.
One other thing I grew up doing was fishing. Both the going and the catching. In my high school days it was also the eating. The fish were free. Now it is not a driven activity but one of relaxation and usually contentment. If the fish aren’t biting, I can always look for rocks.
THANKS! Larry E. Whittington