Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Club’s Equipment, for sale?

August 7th, 2019

This is a list of club equipment that is at Gene Fisher’s shop. We need to vote on whether we should sell it or not. Then at which meeting should we auction these items? Remember, the money that purchased them came from the General Fund.

  1. Combination: Lortone 6″ saw with two grinding wheels and polishing pad.
  2. Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels: 80 grit, 180, 360, and 600.
  3. 10″ Raytech saw in fair shape.
  4. 18″ Lortone saw with good blade but needs a new motor or wiring. The present motor is 1/2 HP.
  5. New-in-box Elite water pump that spits water up on the grinding wheels.
  6. Rock Rascal for melting wax for dopping.
  7. Set of Dop Sticks.
  8. Box of Templates for designing cabochons.
  9. First Aid Kit.
#1. Combination: 6″ saw with two grinding wheels and polishing pad.
#1b Combination-Lortone 6inch trim saw
#2 Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels
#2b Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels
#3 10″ Raytech saw
#3b 10″ Raytech saw
#4 18″ Lortone saw with good blade
#4b 18″ Lortone saw with good blade
#6 & #8 Cabochon Templates and the Rock Rascal

DNR Story Maps

August 17th, 2018

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has a new “story map” series online that shows places to rockhound in Washington.
https://www.dnr.wa.gov/rockhounding
It also spells out the rules you should take into consideration for State, Federal and private land. Click on the Mineral and Fossil map option. The little spots on the map show collecting sites. You can zoom in to get a better idea of the locations but there are not always driving instructions or exact coordinates. What surprised me was that it shows many more collection sites for things like trilobites, fossils, petrified wood and gemstones than I knew about.

Field Trips and Newsletters

June 21st, 2018

The newsletters for May and June are now online.  Check the 2018 newsletter page for links.  Use the search function to find topics in previous newsletters.

There is a field trip scheduled to the LeFarge Quarry for Trilobites on Saturday July 28th.  Meet at the Tiger Store at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 31, 10 AM.  (New Place due to events in Ione.) This is one of the most popular trips of the year.  Be prepared for hot weather and splitting layers of rocks safely.

Saturday the 23rd of June There is a trip to the Flagstaff Mine near Northport.  Meet at the gas station at the north end of Northport at 10 AM to collect Barite Crystals.  Bring rock breaking tools.

We are going to the Railway Dike on July 7th to collect Beryl Crystals.  Meet at the Safeway parking lot in Chewelah at 10 AM.  Bring rock breaking tools.

You don’t need to be a member to go on trips with us.  Check out previous trips using the mine names or rock types in the search box on this website.

Coming Events

June 25th, 2017

Our next Rock Show is coming up in 2020 on March 7th and 8th.  More events to be posted when they are scheduled.

This is a list of club equipment that is at Gene Fisher’s shop and might be for sale at the August 2019 BBQ picnic.

  1. Combination: Lortone 6″ trim saw with two grinding wheels and polishing pad.
  2. Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels: 80 grit, 180, 360, and 600.
  3. 10″ Raytech saw in fair shape.
  4. 18″ Loritone saw with good blade but needs a new motor or wiring. The present motor is 1/2 HP.
  5. New-in-box Lortone Elite water pump that spits water up on the grinding wheels.
  6. Rock Rascal for melting wax for dopping.
  7. Set of Dop Sticks.
  8. Box of Templates for designing cabochons.
  9. First Aid Kit.

Field Trip to Horseshoe Mountain

June 16th, 2016