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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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Spring's here ... It's Rockhounding Season!

Hi, rockhounds!

I've just heard from the T-shirt printers ...

The first shipments of the new RFTF! Supporting Member T-shirts will arrive on my doorstep by May 21st!

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

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Mindat: It's a rockhounds best friend!

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Prospecting has always been a challenging occupation, especially for casual rockhounds. Thanks to online tools like, prospecting skills have never been easier to learn, and rockhounding success so easy to achieve.

For more than a decade, has been my go-to…


Cool agate carvings

Posted by Eric (Hardcore) on May 1, 2015 at 4:02pm 4 Comments

I was looking for carving ideas and I came across these interesting Chinese agate carvings. They're quite remarkable!…


Clear Creek Plasma Agate

Posted by Royalee Pierce-Cannon on April 18, 2015 at 3:31pm 1 Comment

My son and I went to Clear Creek in San Benito County on the Plasma Agate collecting field trip with Chris Rowe and lots of other people from various mineral clubs on April 16th. Our jaunt was a success and I have some beautiful rough to work with. Had a great time in the middle of nowhere. Thanks to Chris for organizing the trip, much appreciation.

Keeping It Legal - WWW Resources on Claiming, BLM Mineral Materials Sales and other issues. Updated, 4/5/15

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on April 1, 2015 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

One of the common questions that we rockhounds confront is "How do I it legally?"

For the avid rockhound & lapidary, avoiding the pitfalls of commercial activity and collecting on Public Lands is a constant concern. However, the difficulty of finding answers to the question of how to legally collect rocks and minerals for resale leaves most rockhound/lapidaries in grey areas.




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Reshaping silicon carbide wheels.

Started by John tilley and family. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

I have a old 1954 highland park b-12 unit with 2 carbide wheels. My 220 wheel is getting pretty deep and hard to work with. Can anyone tell me f I can fix this problem or do. Just need to get new…Continue

Dynamite Palm

Started by Craig Bowlby. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff May 16. 2 Replies

OK,  I've seen a few pictures of some really nice petrified palm with great colors on here.  Can anyone tell me where I can dig some of my own?  Inquiring rock hounds want to know.CheersCraigContinue

What blades to use?

Started by Jason Batdorf. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff May 16. 5 Replies

I got a 10 inch saw and my blade is shot already. What blade should I buy?

low lakes and rivers

Started by John Dolman May 4. 0 Replies

 Folsom lake has some nice agate's on south fork  1.5 mi. down stream of Salmon falls bridge,water level must be 30-50 ft.,of full.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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