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Early 2013

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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 (slowly!) undertaking a slight redesign of the RFTF! front page, and would appreciate your comments and suggestions. My aim is to bring the Events, Blogs and other member features to the forefront, and encourage wider participation. Let me know how it works for you, okay?

Kris, the Admin

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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…


Mineral Collectors, There is an easy collecting locality, west of Jenner, in Sonoma Co., California.  The site is along Coast Highway 1, about a quarter mile north of where the Russian River goes out…

Posted by Gary Parsons on August 26, 2014 at 10:43am 1 Comment

Mineral Collectors,

There is an easy collecting locality, west of Jenner, in Sonoma Co., California.  The site is along Coast Highway 1, about a quarter mile north of where the Russian River goes out to sea.  The mineral is dark blue Glaucophane Schist with brown Pyrope Garnets through-out.  The coast highway passes through the middle of the collecting locality for easy access, but parking is very limited along the west side of the highway.  On the…


Good spots for hunting around Russian River, Healdsburg, Cloverdale & Highway 116?

Posted by kelly everett on July 26, 2014 at 11:46pm 5 Comments

Greetings All:

I have been wanting to get out to some Sonoma county beauty for a day trip from the San Jose area and also would LOVE to do some hunting for jaspers, agates, petrified wood, Franciscan complex high grade minerals (glaucophane, eglocite) actinolite, etc.. Does anyone have any recommendations for good spots to look around up there? I'm fairly familiar with 101 area and west highway 116.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



meteorite found in Perris CA

Posted by Lisa Douglas on March 31, 2014 at 3:17pm 3 Comments

My son found this meteorite in Perris CA,on the way home from school! It's 110.9 grams with a density of 4.69 it has a fusion crust.A crystalline metallic interior and exterior regamaliths.What do you guys think of it?Would anyone be willing to slice and etch it for me in exchange for some?


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Field trip to Stony creek near Black Butte reservoir

Started by David Lang. Last reply by David Lang on Sunday. 24 Replies

Has anyone been to Stoney creek area for Jasper? It is well known for high quality material . is it still productive? it's about the same distance from my house as area 54. thought I might give it a…Continue

Cab Cutting

Started by Shelton Beach. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff Oct 7. 4 Replies

Hi.  I'm the new kid on the block but I took the liberty of posting 4 videos I had made a while back.  They pretty well take you from a preform to a finished cabochon.  Hope you enjoy and learn…Continue

Tags: polishing, rock, cutting, cab

Trilobite Mountain Trip

Started by ART CHAMBERS. Last reply by Andrew Hoekstra Sep 21. 5 Replies

After sorting through 1/2 a ton of shale last year I found absolutely nothing!  I plan another return this coming Saturday and wonder if anyone has any tips.  Does anyone know at what depth trilobite…Continue

winter's heart onyx

Started by Joshua Johnson. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe Sep 21. 3 Replies

So while out hounding with the wife, we came across a vein of this onyx. Personally I have never seen anything quite like it. after 3 trips now have been able to collect about 250 lbs of it.…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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