About Us

The San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society is located in Bakersfield, California. We are a group of rock hounds dedicated to the sharing of knowledge about the lapidary arts. We meet weekly for workshops in lapidary, silversmith, and wire wrapping/beading. We were founded in 2005, and are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3. Part of our focus is education, and offer a program for area elementary school 4th and 6th graders that supplements their geology studies.

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Friday, January 30, 2015

FEBRUARY 2015 news briefs

Slab and Gab Short Takes for February '15

Our next general meeting is February 21, 9:30am at our shop meeting location, 2030 N. Inyo St., Bakersfield. Shop meeting to follow general meeting.





21-22—ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Antioch Lapidary Club, Contra Costa County Fairground; 1201 W. 10th St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform, and active military with ID free. Web site: www.antiochlapidaryclub.com


7-8—VENTURA, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Ventura County Fairgrounds; 10 W. Harbor Blvd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission: info@VGMS.org; Web site: www.vgms.org

21-22—LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club, Trinity Hall; 470 Champion St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; free admission; contact Keith Olivas, PO Box 455, Lemoore, CA 93245, (559) 622-9440; e-mail: georgersilva@sbcglobal.net


18-19—SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds; 344 Tully Road; Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Adults $6.00, Children Under 12 Free. $1 off coupon on the website.; contact Frank Mullaney, (408) 265-1422; e-mail: info@scvgms.org; Web site: www.scvgms.org

25-26—SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium; Corner Church St. & Center St.; Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm; Admission $5, under 12 free. Please visit www.scmgs.org for more information.; contact Show Chair, PO BOX 343, Santa Cruz, CA 95061; Web site: www.scmgs.org


sponsored by Kris Rowe and Rockhound Fieldtrip Fanatics

Wednesday, Feb. 4 - I-40 Thulite & Christmas Tree Hill, South Cady's Mts. - 4 wheel drive
      Meet up is at the Ludlow 76 station, north side of the freeway, 7:30 am. Departure at 8 am. (Google Map link)
     We'll head east to the Thulite quarry turn off, which is directly from the Interstate. This is a hard rock & surface collecting day, with great brightly colored, high silica Thulite. A few hours of work will suffice here, and we should be on our way to Christmas Tree Hill in the Cady Mountains by 11 am. We'll proceed back west on I-40 to Ludlow, and enjoy lunch back at the 76 station parking lot. There's a Dairy Queen there, if you don't want to pack a lunch. After lunch, we'll hop on Hwy 66 and head west to Pisgah Road. Turning north, we'll head into the Cady's to the site that Dave Allman calls Sandy Wash, and Christmas Tree Hill. As Dave says, "We can find that plume agate I've posted, Christmas Tree Plume. There are seams to be discovered and red moss on the next hill over. There is also nice float for those who don't want to dig." 

     Thursday, Feb. 5 - Hector Hills, Jasper Hill & Sleeping Beauty Road
Meet up at Hector, on the south side of off ramp #33, I-40. Meet up time is 7:30 am, and we depart at 8 am. (Google Map link) This is a (mostly) surface collecting day. After many decades of collecting, the Hector Hills and Jasper Hill were pretty much picked out of good surface rock. However, the torrential rains of last August washed away so much sand and dirt, good surface collectable rock was totally renewed. When we're done, we'll head east on Hwy 66 to Sleeping Beauty Road. This will take us north from the Hwy toward Sleeping Beauty Mt. We'll head east at Powerline Road, and see what we can find. If there's time and desire, we can go to Lavic to end the day.
     Friday, Feb. 6 - North Barstow/I-15 - Yermo & the Calicos
Meet up at 7:30 am at the Calico 76 Station, north side of I-15, on Ghost Town Road. (Exit #191) Departure is at 8 am.
(Google Map link)
     We'll start by heading out beyond the Early Man site for surface collecting and digging. Jasper, agate, petrified palm, peridot "bombs' and chapinite are among the many stones you may find. Lunch at Peggy Sue's Diner is a must do, and it's possible that, if there's demand, we might trip on out to Afton Canyon in the afternoon. Let me know by posting in the trip comments.
     Saturday, Feb. 7 - Back to the Cady's
That's right, we'll be heading back in and around the Cady Mountains, in search of plume agate, jasper and whatever else we can find! We'll start with the Hector Hills, then Jasper Hill, Sleeping Beauty Road and Lavic Siding. This is a minimal digging day, and even if this is your only day, you'll end up loaded with great rock. Meet up at Hector at 7:30 am, departure at 8 am. (Google Map link)
     Sunday, Feb. 8 - Christmas Tree Hill By popular demand, and my own desire for more hard rock mining, we'll get back to Christmas Tree Hill for more seam agate & jasper. Meet up at Hector, at 7:30 am. (Google Map link) . For more information click on the link on this page for Rockhound Fieldtrip Fanatics.

SJVLS Minutes from the General Meeting

Jan. 17. '15

     The meeting was called to order at 9:41 a.m. Having no additions or corrections to the minutes, a motion was made by Beverly to approve the minutes as posted. Marvin seconded the motion and it carried.

     OFFICER REPORTS: President's report; Sally reported that the Director's Insurance application has been filled out but wants it checked out before sending, regarding the monthly newsletter, other options are being explored as there are problems with the software Sally stated that the blog will have all relevant information. Marvin will continue as our  CFMS director. Gene will take the position of field-trip leader with the collaboration of Bernie. A reminder was given to pay your dues for 2015; Vice-president Report, None;  Treasurer's Report; there was no activity for December; Secretary's report; Donna stated that thank-you notes have been sent to Butch and Chris for equipment and service rendered.

Marvin will audit the treasurer's books for 2014, revenues and expenses. Expenses for January were called for. Donna requested reimbursement for stamps for hospitality duties. Barbara made the motion to pay our bills.

There was no old business. New business: Barbara reported  that Garden Fest will be held on April18th by the AG dept at BC. We have the application, and it has a fee of $25 for non-profit groups. We can have a space of 20'x20' and we can use our own tables. Sally called for two men to help with set up and take down. A sign-up was sent around for helping with the show.

 Char reported that she will be typing out and laminating the instructions for each machine; how to use and how to clean. An equipment sharing log will also be posted at each machine allowing for 30 minute increments use. Users will be responsible for clean-up.  Don explained the new Star Diamond machine has 2 separate motors, one for the saw and another for the grinders. The amber sent by Butch will be available for sale at $1.00 an ounce. The spring field trip by the Maturango Museum to the pictographs can be applied for Starting Feb.15th. It will cost $40 per person and those going will need to be at the Museum by 6:30 a.m.. Gene stated that it is a strenuous hike at an elevation of 6,000 ft. Tim  called for adjourment at 10:12 a.m.  

CFMS SHOW NEWS by Margaret Kolaczyk, chair.

Here is the latest and greatest news as of January 5, 2015. Emmy Silverman has lined up three speakers so far. Bob Rush will be handling the Club Central Booth. Jim Brace-Thompson has all the activities identified for the Junior Activities booth and he still needs more rocks and stuff. Bural LaRue needs material for the silent auction so take a look and see if you have some nice rocks needing a new home. Merryan O’Neill is adding the forms to the website. Cheri George has 4 demonstrators lined up so far and if you know someone who would like to demonstrate, please let her know. Gerald Kyle is handling the raffle and Phyllis Kyle is handling the sign-up sheets for set-up/tear down/working at the booths. Jim Burton is looking for possible areas for a field trip. Susan Chaisson-Walblom has received contracts from 19 dealers and is looking for more dealers for the show. These are just a few of the people working hard to make this show a great show. If you would like to help, please contact me. As to what I am working on for the show, I will be making the Grand Prize Raffle Item. The picture is of the amethyst I will be carving. The finished piece will be a pendant. The amethyst will be carved into a grape cluster surrounded by 14K yellow gold grape leaves. 




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