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grubworm

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wood hunting, of course and we do collect a fair amount of rocks as well. the wife will take smaller rocks and put them in resin or wrap them with wire and make a necklace or something like that. neat way of having an actual keepsake of an area we visited. she'll also bring back rocks and put them in her flower pots for decoration and we've been hitting arkansas a good bit over the last few years and have gone to the crystal mines in the southwest area of the state and have a bunch of nice big crystals. there is one big rock the wife keeps as a door stop...so every time i stump my toe on it, i can remember our trip.
i know a lot of agates can be cut and polished in a tumbler to look really nice...we haven't gotten that far yet.
rocks and gems are cool to collect. i still have a bunch of rocks i collected from places when i was a kid.


@Smileyshaun , with your shop and nice stash of wood, you can make some really nice display cases for her.
 
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Smileyshaun

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wood hunting, of course and we do collect a fair amount of rocks as well. the wife will take smaller rocks and put them in resin or wrap them with wire and make a necklace or something like that. neat way of having an actual keepsake of an area we visited. she'll also bring back rocks and put them in her flower pots for decoration and we've been hitting arkansas a good bit over the last few years and have gone to the crystal mines in the southwest area of the state and have a bunch of nice big crystals. there is one big rock the wife keeps as a door stop...so every time i stump my toe on it, i can remember our trip.
i know a lot of agates can be cut and polished in a tumbler to look really nice...we haven't gotten that far yet.
rocks and gems are cool to collect. i still have a bunch of rocks i collected from places when i was a kid.
i originally thought having the wife collect rocks on our trips would keep her out of the over-priced souvenir shops.....that didn't work, but the rocks are a cool thing to have, especially when they have a story behind them.

@Smileyshaun , with your shop and nice stash of wood, you can make some really nice display cases for her.
well she wants to make sure wrapped jewelry and stuff but ya a display case would be cool . Almost at the point of using the little woods hop again just need to sell off or donate my table saw and do some rearranging and I’ll be back to making dust .
 
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Did a bit of that when I convinced my daughter to go to Wyoming with me a few years ago. We were kayaking and stopped for a break.

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wood hunting, of course and we do collect a fair amount of rocks as well. the wife will take smaller rocks and put them in resin or wrap them with wire and make a necklace or something like that. neat way of having an actual keepsake of an area we visited. she'll also bring back rocks and put them in her flower pots for decoration and we've been hitting arkansas a good bit over the last few years and have gone to the crystal mines in the southwest area of the state and have a bunch of nice big crystals. there is one big rock the wife keeps as a door stop...so every time i stump my toe on it, i can remember our trip.
i know a lot of agates can be cut and polished in a tumbler to look really nice...we haven't gotten that far yet.
rocks and gems are cool to collect. i still have a bunch of rocks i collected from places when i was a kid.


@Smileyshaun , with your shop and nice stash of wood, you can make some really nice display cases for her.
My youngest sons favorite thing to do when we are beach combing is to find a “worry rock” he will find one then see another and toss the first one And on and on. Then it ends up in the washer. Lol
 

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With a degree in Mining Engineering (and enough geology classes I could have had a minor), I've got more rocks than I care to admit. Never made it there when I lived out that way, but I heard good things about Garnet Mt. near Ely NV. I did get some fluorite from Gabbs, NV and some turquoise near Tonopah, NV.