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Tell Us About Yourself / Another southerner
« on: November 25, 2011, 09:30:46 AM »
Thought I'd finally post some about myself info here, although I've already been posting on other subjects.  I now live in Tassie (north west coast) and am currently a member of the Burnie Gem club.

I was originally born and bred in Victoria and was for many of my younger teenage years, a member of the Dandenong Lapidary Club there.  I have many fond memories of field trips with my folks to various areas around Victoria, including Cardinia Creek (now under water) and the creek which runs underneath the famous timber trestle rail bridge near Belgrave, that one that Puffing billy uses.

After a 'break' from fossicking of nearly 40 years I have now re-entered the fray with much renewed enthusiasm.  This faceting thing is great! 

I try and travel a least once a year to various places around Australia, my last trip  finally included the central Queensland gemfields.  What an interesting place.  While I didn't have enough time to go out fossicking, we did get to put a few buckets of wash through at a fossicking park (Armfest) and I was blown away with what we recovered.  In all my times as  ateenager I never saw the amount of colour coming up in these seives, albeit small.  These are currently in Thailand awaiting the floods to recede.

I'm looking forward now to further trips when I'm away and have found this forum a great place to learn and follow with interest the news of northern fossickers and other facetors.

Am awaiting the sale of my little used motorbike to fund the purchase of a faceting machine, anyone looking for a large capacity road bike?

Garry

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Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz Guessing Competition
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:11:49 PM »
I'm tipping around 105 cts.

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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:29:26 AM »
Hi all,

Haven't forgotten you all that are waiting to hear about how my Thailand cutters turn out.

Unfortunately the bad flooding there has delayed their return, however, I'm still hopeful that they'll be here by Christmas.  I'll post something to let you all know how they go when I get them.

Garry

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Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:21:28 AM »
I can remember as a teenager fossicking around in the creeks around Powelltown and I can also remember how cold the water can get up there.

I reckon those that aren't from the New England area would find it, now how did Woofa put it - that's right, 'interesting'.

Garry

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Trip Talk / Re: Wednesday finds
« on: October 30, 2011, 01:24:04 PM »
Nice little collection Findem, you of course do know that around 1966 we moved into the decimal currency era, don't you?

Garry

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General Discussion / Re: Thailand Flooding
« on: October 30, 2011, 09:30:50 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Fullerton, I was expecting delays from Lamberts, so I wasn't going to bother them, they've got enough problems at the moment. 

Garry

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: tintenbar volcanic opal
« on: October 27, 2011, 12:04:25 PM »
I know it was around 10 (ish) years ago, but I'm 99% sure there was an opal shop just outside Coffs Harbour that looked liked it had been there a while, they had quite a few samples of Tintenbar Opal for sale then, haven't called in there since.

Can't recall the actual name of the place either but maybe someone can, it was on the Pacific Hwy just on the northern side of Coffs.

Bucket

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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: G``day all
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:12:33 AM »
Hi Rockman,

After a breif visit to the cnetral Queensalnd fields a couple of months ago I have sent a small trial parcel of mixed small cutters ranging from .5 ct to 2.5 cts.  They are currently with Lamberts (hopefully) being cut.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

Garry

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Purchasing a new faceting machine
« on: July 10, 2011, 03:33:41 PM »
Thanks again for your info and comments Andrew, sorry if I touched on a 'sore' point. 
I'm now leaning much more heavily toward the Facitron I must admit.  I'll have  closer look at the one at the club on Tuesday.

Thanks, Garry

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Purchasing a new faceting machine
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:34:04 PM »
Thanks for your advice, all good and taken on board. I particularly noted John's comment re the Hall's portability as this is an important point for me and one of the main reasons I am shying away from the VJ and similiar machines.  I will have a closer look at the Hall's with this in mind.  I notice they also supply 3 index wheels.
Andrew, you make a very good case for the Facetron, it looks like the index wheels on them look embossed or engraved rather than printed which would again auger well for longevity.
The point you make regarding repeatability is not lost on me as the first stone I worked on had issues, or rather I did, with the point of the pavilion being off centre, causing me to go back and recut, what a headache trying to repeat the angle!  The machine I am using is a borrowed home made one which is great but obviously has some issues with repeatability.  Another good reason for starting with a cheaper stone rather than you pride and joy.
Just on another subject, is Aussie Sapphire located in the visitor centre on the main road in Glen Innes, if so I have enjoyed dropping in on previous trips through there and my wife has enjoyed the stones I purchased! 
Thanks again for your help so far.

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Gemstone Faceting / Purchasing a new faceting machine
« on: July 06, 2011, 08:33:17 PM »
Having recently got back into lapidary after a 'break' of nearly 40 years, I am finally learning the art of faceting.  Don't know why I waited so long, am enjoying it thoroughly!

What I have learnt is that I should really get mysel a faceting machine.  My 'mentor' is currently the very proud owner of a 'VJ' machine with digital readout, very nice and sturdy.  I have been looking at these but find the expense a bit overwhelming.  While I'm still working, cost is something to consider, however, my mate waited 6 months for his.

I have heard via email today from Hall machines that they are building them with a two week delay and appear to be mid priced.  I've heard nothing but good things about the Hall machines, but don't know anyone with one to try out.

Both the Facetron and Polymetrics machines obviously are in good supply and by all accounts again are very good machines.  The price of these American machines is currently very good owing to the exchange rate, even though the 'Scintillator' is in the upper level of pricing, it looks great on paper.  Again no-one in the club has one. The Facetron looks great and one of our members has one and swears by it, it looks reasonably compact as well, something to consider when I go carvanning in the future.

Finally the Gemaster machines.  There is one in our club and it looks and feels really solid and cuts very well according to its owner.

I must admit I'm thinking to get the best one I can afford.  With the sale of my now rarely used motorbike, I can fund the purchase of any of the above.  I like the digital readout of the 'VJ' and the fact that you can wind the quill around to 90 degrees to cut the table is great, but it's quite bulky.

Can anyone put their two bobs worth towards the pros and cons of digital readouts for me and any comments about their own experiences with these machines.  I must admit I'd like to buy Austrslisn but I'm not locked into it.

I've already been trawling through this forum with great interest - thanks to all those that have posted.

Will be passing through New England and the central Queensland Gemfields in a couple of weeks, looking forward to 'having a dig'.

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