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Created by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013 at 7:07pm. Last updated by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013.



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A short word from the Admin ...

Hi, rockhounds! I'm (finally!) undertaking a slight redesign of the RFTF! site, and would appreciate your comments and suggestions. My aim is to increase readability, bring the Events, Blogs and other member features to the forefront, and encourage wider participation.

My apologies for any alteration to the appearance of your profile pages. I'll be finished messing around with the site appearance shortly, friends. Your comments on the readability of the site are most appreciated.

Kris, the Admin


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Looking back at the 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey, Part 1

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on December 7, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

It's a little over a week since I returned from the Mojave Desert, and I'm still working to digest the experience. So may new friends, so many great rockhounds, so many incredible vistas, and so, so much great rock!

Here's the short story ...

The story of the inaugural RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey began during the 2014 Central California Odyssey, back in April. On the first day,…


Final Itinerary, 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on November 10, 2014 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

Final Itinerary, 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey


This is the final itinerary for the 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey. My thanks to everyone for your patience.

First, a few answers to questions on this, and every RFTF! field trip. There’s no charge for attendance, and I assume no personal liability for attendees. You’re all coming out because you crave a good adventure, and want to find good…


Rocks and Minerals on PBS TV WCMU Karen Hall

Posted by Karen Lynn Hall on November 9, 2014 at 8:37pm 0 Comments

From age 10 rocks and Minerals

Funny story related to finding Hyland Park lapidary unit

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on September 29, 2014 at 10:38pm 4 Comments

I finally found and bought a vintage HP lapidary unit that is in good shape with three diamond wheels and two expanding drums. On the same day at another location we visited a friends home who's father had passed ten years ago and who had a work shop in back with several pieces of equipment. The woman hadn't visited the shop in many years and had decided to sell what she had.  We purchased most of it with the contingency we pay her the actual value when it was sold. All of it requires a lot…



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Help Need sand paper!

Started by Allen. Last reply by John Dolman Dec 16. 6 Replies

I need sand paper for my bump grinder. Any Ideas where I can find it?? Help!!! I am almost done setting up my grinding station, Finally! Check the photos I uploaded for more info. It is a san joaquin…Continue

Montana Rockhounding Field Trip

Started by Daniel Turell. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe Dec 15. 1 Reply

Is anyone interested in coming to Montana for a Rockhounding Field Trip? Continue

Mojave Desert Rockhound Round-Up April 25-27 2014

Started by Tina Anderson. Last reply by Tina Anderson Dec 5. 18 Replies

To All Interested Rockhounds and fellow RFTF members:Next spring, I will be leading a field trip to 2-3 locations  in Mojave Desert (Boron and Barstow) with my fellow club members of the Vallejo Gem…Continue

Mojave Desert Gem and Mineral Show Dec 6&7, 2014

Started by Sierra Strider Dec 2. 0 Replies

Is this show worth going to, and is anybody planning on going? I would be willing to share a ride if so?Continue

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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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!

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