October 1, 2017

 In past issues of Cabbin’ Fever, I have described the interpretation of fabrics in cutting rough. Another consideration, however, is the bounding surface of either your crystal or grain. That is to say, beyond the fabric, the inherent initial shape of your rough (as d...

September 1, 2017

“Successful design is not the achievement of perfection, but the minimization, and accommodation of imperfection. “

-Henry Petroski

                A guest entering our shop will notice many items of interest, a few see the machine they see me working on, and ask me abou...

August 1, 2017

     Of the factors we consider when evaluating rough material for cutting, it’s Integrity is often overlooked by new lapidarists. The qualities that are important to a roughs integrity include aspects such as it’s hardness, it’s toughness, and what I will call it’s de...

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