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Title: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Patrick on November 16, 2008, 11:21:22 AM
 :D Hi what do you like to do best?

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Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Isa Gems on November 26, 2008, 11:07:00 PM
This is a hard one to answer. I like to fossick but I also like to fascet what I find while fossicking.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on December 18, 2008, 06:36:37 PM
Decisions, decisions...um...jewellery first, no wait... the rocks are calling, sooo pretty, freeform cabs.. jewellery..... faceting......
Oh give me a break, what do you expect?
I am a woman!!! ;D
Merryn.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Nifty on December 18, 2008, 08:27:25 PM
Thats easy --  mow the lawn it takes 3hours (2 acres)  and then just uncover the faceting machine turn the air cond on. There is nothing better  beers
Nifty
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: arabian on January 03, 2009, 09:25:47 PM
I love the other side of things, making the settings for the stones that I buy, either cabbing setting or wire wrapping. Although wire wrapping is my favorite.
I am now wanting to discover my own hidden treausres in rocks that I can find. ;D

Jackie
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: moonshadow_dancer on January 03, 2009, 10:30:21 PM
Thats easy --  mow the lawn it takes 3hours (2 acres)  and then just uncover the faceting machine turn the air cond on. There is nothing better  beers
Nifty
Thank goodness our 33 acres has auto lawn mowers called alpacas, llama and an angora goat or I wouldn't have time to go to work.

I think I like best is tending to my ever loving chookies and like you turning the aircon on and facetting, mind you I only just started up again this week... I thought it was time to give my machine some excercise and see if it still worked after 14 months of sitting idle.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Barrett on July 10, 2009, 01:18:50 PM
Just voted...I see no one picked tumbling...personally I really dislike tumbling..to me it requires no skill unlike cabbing and faceting which take lots of time and practice to perfect or even be good.   :o
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: calxoddity on July 11, 2009, 09:29:43 AM
I like tumbling - the randomness of the results means that there are always some surprises to be had.... BUT I like fossicking better!

As for the faceting - don't have the equipment and can't justify the cost on account of me having a travelling job.  I have too many expensive interests already (photography and computers!)
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on July 11, 2009, 01:32:29 PM
hehe, was wondrin when you'd bite Calx? ;) ;D
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Barrett on July 11, 2009, 02:29:42 PM
hear ye hear ye..Mr. calox..very much agreed..if you don't mind me asking(i am sure this has been brought up before on other forums) why is it called fossiking?
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: calxoddity on July 11, 2009, 02:46:59 PM
why is it called fossicking? Because that word wasn't yet taken by another pastime...   Happy to be of assistance - please let me know if you have any other questions!   ;D

Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on July 11, 2009, 07:43:35 PM
Amguy,
Mainly used in Australia
Fossicking
1.    Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.
2.    to search for any object by which to make gain: to fossick for clients.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Gearloose on July 11, 2009, 09:43:39 PM
I'll take faceting any day, because taking the stone off the dop is like opening a present.
I ran a cab production business in the late 1970's and we cut thousands of them, so they seem too much like work now.

Actually, I kind of like cutting the lawn here. We have an acre, but I came up with a marvellous trick.  I went to a boating store and got one of those gimballed beer can holders and mounted it on my lawn tractor.  This eliminates the undesirable straight mowing lines that bother fussy neighbours.
On really hot days, it's even better, because I cannot remember mowing the lawn, and the next morning, think the elves came out and did it.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on July 11, 2009, 09:49:24 PM
Haha, brilliant.

Our lawn mower died one day, so we attached a wheel off the side of our whipper snipper. Our grass had a mowhawk. :D
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: calxoddity on July 11, 2009, 10:14:45 PM
But seriously folk, the origin of the word "fossick" and its derivatives is Cornwall in England.  Even in the 19th century when the word made its way to Australia with Cornish miners, its use was apparently limited.  Whilst the word was effectively archaic in England, it gained a new lease of life in Australian English.

Regards,
Shane
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on July 11, 2009, 10:18:28 PM
So did it have the same meaning or have we altered it?
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: Barrett on July 13, 2009, 10:03:16 AM
I like it and plan on using it around here..rockhounding just doesn't sound that good..never liked it..fossiking just sounds cool
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: llarson on July 29, 2009, 11:54:19 PM
Really enjoying this forum since finding it a couple weeks ago, thanks to all. I too, like the term "fossicking", new to me in the U.S., rockhounding sounds too much like a dog behind a bush. Your term to me is inclusive of one of our interests while out in the brush, hunting fossils. No vertibrates, but a nice selection of plant material. I've noticed some negative comment about tumbling; once learned, we feel it isn't so much the process, but what is done with the finished product. Hopefully I'm not wasting your time by offering a couple ideas that we [wife and I] enjoy. While our tumblers are running, we asemble indoor fountains in 16" plastic tubs, rivers ,mountain lakes, seashores, whatever the imagination comes up with. We also make nice candle lamps by putting a tall narrow glass vase [with candle inside] into a larger clear vase, and filling the space between with tumbled agates that are fairly translucent rather than opaque, nice light. This works especially well with sunstones [moonstones, feldspar] found near Plush, Oregon. The semi-automatic tumbling process also allows time for working freeform cabs and the ends of pet. wood limbs we find; and lawn mowing.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on July 30, 2009, 10:34:17 AM
Hi Llarson and welcome to ALF.
Sorry if some of us came across negative to tumbling. Everyone enjoys their own thing. Personally where I am with my work, I don't have a use for it at the mo. Calx loves the stuff. They can look stunning.
You can set up your own photo album if you'd like to put up a pic or 2. If you don't want the masses looking, just members, you can make that choice.
Must go. Great to hear from you. :D
Merryn.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: macbesz on July 31, 2009, 11:18:44 PM
Wow there's a lot of rock hounds out there! I'd love to go fossicking, haven't yet had the opportunity! Should do though, I would love to Lune River in Tassie and scope out some of their manfern.

Does anyone know of some good places to find moss agate / moss opal in Australia? It's beautiful!

My favourite is cabbing, I love creating unique shapes from a seemingly bland slab. Awesomeness  ;D

Cheers,
Bess
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: silverspear on August 01, 2009, 05:14:29 PM
Check out these pics of veins of moss agate in WA, Bess. Dunno if they are still there though  :-[   (scroll to the bottom of this document -->) http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/11188/rb1976_022.pdf (http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/11188/rb1976_022.pdf)
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on August 02, 2009, 12:56:51 AM
EY!!
Well silverspear, come up with more goodies on moss agate and and you'll make one macbesz super chummy. ;) ;D
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: silverspear on August 02, 2009, 09:37:09 PM
all I did was google DENDRITES....hehe  beers
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: mehoose on August 02, 2009, 09:53:42 PM
Boorara Fossicking Area near Kalgoorlie is meant to have some Bess.
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: silverspear on August 03, 2009, 04:01:50 AM
Also Bess, when your finished at Boorara, swing a sharp right and travel up towards the highway where the WA and NT border meets, in the Kimberleys.  ::)  or put more simply...you`ve left kunnunurra, and travelling west to Timber Creek/Katherine...ok..when you arrive at the NT border , keep going maybe 5/10 K, and keep a SHARP look out for a road/track on your right hand side...Rosewood Station road/track is what you are looking for...follow it down a bit...get out of your vehicle...look on the sides off the road...usually graded after each wet season....i knew the cook at Rosewood Station...Happy to Share Info ;D
Title: Re: What do you like doing best?
Post by: silverspear on August 03, 2009, 04:23:38 AM
oops...whats the bet that their will be an article sometime in the future maybe in a leading aussie gem/gold magazine..lol... beers.. :P