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SHARING A PASSION FOR ROCKHOUNDING

Becoming Inspired and Getting Started (Part I)

IN a moment of sudden clarity, I came upon the solution that I had been seeking for several months. Isn’t that how it oft en seems to go? Being retired for almost a year at the time, I realized my life consisted of daily tasks related to various honey-do’s and lapidary projects. Twelve months earlier, the idea of having plenty of free time to do all those things that I had been putting off for years seemed like a dream come true. But recently, my life had become too routine and lacked the challenges that I had previously faced on a day-to-day basis while I was working. Then I had the answer: I would starting teaching lapidary.

This was going to be great! I had never taught before, but I had collected, cut, and polished stones since I was 10 years old. This was going to be easy, I thought. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and there must be several places that teach lapidary. All I have to do is contact them and let them know that I would like to teach. As you can probably already guess, it would not be as easy as I thought. Instead of that marking the end of my story, it turned out to be just the beginning.

It is my hope that the rest of this article will become a blueprint to motivation other rockhounds. My first step was to do an online search for “lapidary classes San Antonio.” To my surprise, I was unable to find anyone teaching lapidary. In the past, some of the rock shops in San Antonio off ered lapidary classes. In the 1970s, there were four major rock shops in town. Today they are all gone. I was beginning to realize how much things had changed over the years.

ONE: Beginning students start by making a 30 x 40 cabochon.
FOUR: Beginning students select slabs from the tub on the right and advanced students select from the tub on the left.
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Rock & Gem March 2019, Special Section : Tools of the Trade, Answers to Agate Questions, Prehistoric Texas : Home to Mammoths & Dinosaurs, And More.....