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Local rocks cut and polished
Aug 14th, 2017 at 11:40am
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I was curious if some of the rcoks that I collected around the area (Falls Lake and Haw river) would look any good after being cut and polished.  Although they are very fractured due to being exposed on the surface, I think they came out decent.  The smaller greenstone was from Haw River in Graham.
I like to leave a bit of rough exposed on one or two sides.
  

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Re: Local rocks cut and polished
Reply #1 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 8:57pm
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Good job, Jim!
I have been experimenting with local rocks for a while now, too.
I don't mind the fractures and veils running through most of our quartz rocks. Infact most times I think it adds to the piece. But trying to find the perfectly clean pieces can be a chore.
I like the green Haw River rock. It looks a lot like my Chatham County Lime which is also found not too far from the Haw only further south.
Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work! Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 10:42pm
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Thanks Joe... I don't do much cutting/polishing in the winter since my equipment is in a garage, but with this warm/hot weather, I try to do a little something every week.  I am cutting up some Alabama paint rock agate that is just awesome once you get past all of the fractures.  I will post some pics of that material soon.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 18th, 2017 at 3:03pm
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So is the green rock some kind of fault breccia?
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 19th, 2017 at 10:43am
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Exactly what I would say, Tim. "Some sort of fault breccia"
  
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Reply #5 - Sep 22nd, 2017 at 8:24am
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Nice work Jim!
  

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