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, March 6, 2015



Torch Fired Enamel Demonstration

     Gene Stirm will demonstrate torch fired enameling on copper at our March 21   meeting.

Enameling, the fusing of   granules of glass to metal, has been use on jewelry making for thousands of years. In the last century, with the advent of small electric kilns, torch enamellings popularity has waned.  If there is enough interest we will have a signup to do a one or two day workshop, with a small fee to cover materials.

fieldtripart.gifShows/Fieldtrips: SJVLS trips; March 14 Victorville area for fieldtrip and tailgate in afternoon, meet 6am Harbor Freight on Rosedale Hwy, March 29 , Area 54, meet at Harbor Freight at 7 am, April 10-12 (Don’s trip) Hoonies,  April 25 Soapstone collecting near Yosemite, meet at Harbor Freight, 8 am. For other field trip information check CFMS page, and Rockhound Fieldtrip Fanatics.

MARCH 13-15VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA: 39th annual ; Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club, Stoddard Wells Tailgate; I-15 Exit 157, Stoddard Wells Rd.,

MARCH 21-22LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club, Trinity Hall; 470 Champion St

APRIL 25-26LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Antelope Valley Gem and Mineral Club, Lancaster High School; 44701 32nd St West

Minutes from the SJVLS General Meeting Feb. 21, ‘15

     The meeting was called to order at 9:34 am. A correction to the January minutes was made, booth space at Garden Fest show corrected to 12’x12’, the minutes were approved as corrected. Two guests were welcomed, Jolie and Miranda.

     Officer reports: Treasurer absent, no report; President’s report, Sally Larsen stated that the money and the forms have been submitted for Directors Insurance, a fee of $25 for Garden Fest has been paid, March 25th will be the next planning meeting for Garden Fest, a reminder was given that dues for 2015 must be paid by Mach first; there were no reports from the Secretary or Vice-president. Committee Reports: Bernie Bensten announced that the field trip to Jasper Hill was postponed from Sunday, Mar. 1st to the 8th, we will meet at Harbor Freight at 8 am. Morning Drive trip was removed from list; March 14 fieldtrip collecting and Victorville for a Tailgate Show; April 25th to Lonely Butte- Gem Hill,  and May a  proposed trip for soapstone. Shop Report; Don Reading stated that the new lapidary equipment will be up and running soon, and help is needed to remove rust from the rolling mill; Barbara Louden reported on Garden Fest planning,  cabs and jewelry for the sale are to be brought to the shop by March 28; Char Neabeck gave the CFMS report on 'Code of Ethics' for field trips and workshop safety, they will be posted in the workshop and members should read and initial.

     New-business: Gene Stirm mentioned that CFMS Camp Zzyzx  will be open the 10th of April and Camp Paradise the 1st week of August.  President asked for a motion to accept Bradley Hylton as a new member of SJVLS. Donna Rodriguez made the motion and Beverly Richmond seconded, motion passed. Barbara brought up the subject of the club having its own phone for conducting club business, as well as a P.O. Box, and a stamp made with this information. Tim Findley made a motion to get a pre-paid cell phone, Donna seconded the motion,  motion passed.  Motion called for  to  pay our bills. Barbara motioned, Char seconded,  motion passed. Patricia Stirm   brought  up the issue of the club's electricity use. Barbara made a motion that the club pay $25 a month to Sally for electrical use, Lori Cruse seconded,   motion passed. Tim made  a  motion to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 10:21 am.








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