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Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club and Mother Lode Mineral Society Field Trip - Area 54, Panoche Hills, Fresno County, CA - Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at Area 54, Panoche Hills, Western Fresno County, California

October 10, 2015 from 8:30am to 4pm
Howdy, field trip fanatics!It's time for another great field trip to Area 54. This one's going to be just a little different.The great rockhounds with the Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club and Mother Lode Mineral Society have scheduled a field trip for this day, and heartily welcome everyone to come out and join in the fun. If you're a newbie, be assured, there will be plenty of experienced rockhounds to help you get the good stuff!The rockhounding is always phenomenal out at Area 54. If you…See More
Seanna Laycock is attending Kris W. Rowe's event

Kris's Del-Air Rockhounds Club Talk & Meetup - October 1, 2015 at Northridge United Methodist Church

October 1, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9pm
The Del-Air Rockhound's have graciously invited me to speak at their October Club meeting. I'll be speaking on my favorite topic, Rockhounding Central California!This Event will kick off the Santa Monica Mounntains Mini Rockhound Odyssey.The Del-Air Rockhounds Club meets atNorthridge United Methodist Church9650 Reseda BlvdNorthridge, CA 91324I hope to see you there!KrisSee More


Early 2013

We celebrated reaching 450 members by starting our own

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Lots of topics and categories have been set up,…


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Fall's here ... It's Field Trip Time!

Hi, rockhounds!

After a long, hot (and smoky!) Summer, it's finally Autumn. The Fall Show's are in full swing, and upcoming field trips are in the planning stage. 

Here are some possibilities I'm working on for Fall & Winter:

October - Poppy jasper - The location? It's still a secret!

November - The fall Mojave Desert Rockhound Odyssey

December -  The Annual Last Blast! field trip

January - The 1st Arizona Rockhound Odyssey

These are all in the planning stage, and I'm open to suggestions for sites and looking for co-leaders for these trips. 

As always, feel free to post your own field trips, Club Shows and Shop Days, and other Events. Additionally, members are encouraged to post their rocks, lapidary equipment, jewelry and other on-topic wares in the Photo stream. If you need help doing so,  just message me.

The NEW RFTF! Supporting Member T-shirts are here!

This year, due to popular demand, I'm offering members a choice of artwork on the front, or back. Priced at $24.95, each t-shirt order includes a RFTF! Supporting Member window sticker and luxury USPS Domestic Priority Mail shipping. Each purchase supports the 0ngoing mission of RFTF! ...

Sharing GREAT Field Trips!

Order yours today at The RFTF! Rock Shop T-shirt page.

See you in the field, friends!

Kris, the Admin

Blog Posts

Itinerary - 2015 RFTF! Santa Monica Mountains Rockhound Mini Odyssey - October 1- 4, 2015

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on September 17, 2015 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

The RFTF!  Del-Air Rockhound Mini-Odyssey is my first collecting foray into the uncharted wilds of the Santa Monica Mountains. RSVP here.

This Mini-Odyssey actually begins with my talk at the October 1st meeting of the Del-Air…


Shell Beach South of Pismo

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on September 10, 2015 at 8:45pm 1 Comment

A few beach pebbles I found within a hundred foot radius. A green agate mixed with serpentine I think. It was too porous when I cut it but I would like to go back and look for some harder stuff. A basalt pebble with agate and a paisley jasper. In the same area I found a fossil big sea animal.…


Tonopah Nevada

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on September 10, 2015 at 7:54pm 1 Comment


Our April 2015 rock trip to Nevada, which I failed to report on, was an adventure.  My cousin Joe and I went prospecting in the area of Tonopah. We had a great camping trip that included a broken…


Links for the budget conscious lapidary, from RFTF! Workshop discussions and questions.

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on August 3, 2015 at 5:38pm 0 Comments

Here's a list of links for some of the tools, and other items demonstrated and discussed during the first three open days in my Workshop. My thanks go out to the members who attended, and tolerated the "in progress" state of my facilities.

Flat lap tools -

My most used cabbing tool is my flat lap. The grits (mesh) I use most are:

120 to 360 hard discs & dishes - rough grinding and…



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Road cuts for a newbie

Started by Peter Duncan McIntosh. Last reply by Peter Duncan McIntosh Sep 15. 7 Replies

Hi all,I am a new member, thanks for having me.I have a hip problem that stops me walking too far, and have been advised that I may find some interesting rocks at road cuts. I have transport,  I live…Continue

Northern California & Oregon trip

Started by Michelle Mai Aug 9. 0 Replies

Hello!My friend and I are going on a road trip over Labor Day weekend to hunt for agates'n'more up the coast. Would anyone be interested in joining us for a leg or a day-trip?I know it's not prime…Continue

Fluorescent Minerals

Started by Robert Bennett Jul 21. 0 Replies

Is anyone in the group a fluorescent mineral collector? I would like to find local places to try my new Polman lamp?BobContinue

Running a tumbler for 1 month straight?

Started by Jason Batdorf. Last reply by Jason Batdorf Jun 26. 2 Replies

I am going on vacation for a month and I am going to run my 15 lb tumbler roughing for a month. Anyone ever do this? Did you add 4 times the grit?

About the disclamer on each Field Trip page ...

On the advice of a sensible attorney friend, I've added a liability disclaimer to each Field Trip announcement. This is to cover my a*s.
The disclaimer does not imply any unusual danger.
Fact is, a sensible individual is far more likely to come to harm in their own neighborhood than out in "the wild." I do my best to assure that my own Field Trips maximize comfort and accessibility, and are "family friendly."
I recommend traveling to any "off road" destination with no less than 2 vehicles. Thankfully, I've yet to experience any of the horror stories I've read of danger and deprivation, due to my penchant for over-planning.

The mountains and desert can be dangerous to the unprepared, but on the average, crossing the street in town is far more deadly.

Kris, the Site Admin

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This padded "bucket seat" has become one of my favorite field trip tools. The swiveling seat snaps right onto most 5 gallon plastic buckets. It's a great product at a great price!

RFTF! Amazon Favorites:

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Facebook Lapidary Marketplace

Top rockhounds, miners, lapidary artists and rock shops offering gemstone  for trade AND sale. I like it, since I sell rock!


Now we have our own easy to use bulletin board style forums!


RFTF! member Lew Helfrich moderates one of the best places on the Web to swap lapidary materials @


Easy Specific Gravity Test - Determine the density of your rock finds!

The Rock Tumbling forums - This is one of the greatest resources on the web for meeting other rockhounds and lapidaries, asking and answering lapidary questions, discussing the rockhound life and showing off your cool rocks!

yelp! - Real reviews by real people, really useful. just about any city or locality you can imagine.

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