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Madras, Oregon buying trip - June 2012

Discussion in 'Art In Stone' started by Redrummd, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    It will be really hard to put to words the incredible trip I had to buy stone at Madras. I spent more for stone than I have ever spent before in a single trip at a total of $6,782. Fortunately a big part of the stone buys were funded by knives I sold to buyers at the show with 16 knives sold.

    Here is what that money was spent on and it sure does not look like much in the photo. One five gallon bucket and the big piece under the other arm would have been enough to move it all into the shop in one trip from the van.
     

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  2. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    In that pile are the following stones: Vistaite; Imperial Jasper; Rainforest Jasper; Chrysocolla in Chalcocite from Plant Ranch, Az; Bloody Basin Agate; Paisley Agate from Az; Dunes Jasper from Madagascar; Bloodstone from India; Malachite and Chrysocolla from Bouse AZ; Luna Agate; Thulite from Okanogan County WA; Pietersite from Africa; Pietersite from China; Christmas Jasper from Marston Ranch, Or; Siberian gem grade Jade; Green Tiger Eye from Africa; Ocean Jasper from Madagascar; Biggs Jasper; Deschutes Jasper; Bruneau Jasper; Dunes Jasper from Madagascar; Brenda Agate and Willow Creek Jasper.

    Here are photos -
     

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  3. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    More photos -
     

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  4. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    More stones -
     

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  5. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    More and more stone....
     

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  6. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    Pretty rocks -
     

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  7. Redrummd

    Redrummd Moderator Moderator

    May 21, 2007
    Last is the big pink one. I already have this big one on the 24 inch saw and a few slabs off it. It is incredible and I sure hope a test polish will prove it to be very top grade stone. In the close up photo with one of my cards you can see just a bit of the "sparkle" the stone has that reminds me of the same look in Jadeite from Burma.

    I did a hardness test and the 7 MOHS pick did not really mark the stone while the 8 pick clearly scratches it. So, this piece is right about a 7 in hardness on the MOHS scale, the same as agate or really top grade Jade. The saw oil washed right off the slab like it does on top grade Jade too.

    It is very solid with one tiny blemish line that may be a old fracture. I marked it in pencil so that I don't forget it is there when I start marking out scales.
     

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  8. testdw

    testdw

    72
    Feb 3, 2011
    Welcome home Mike,

    Congrat's on a successful trip......Wow, your new stones and slabs are absolutely spectacular. You must be really excited to sell so many knives and obtain all these Gem stones. Hope you can sleep tonight while your thinking about all your future artwork.

    Dennis
     
  9. popedandy

    popedandy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Doggone, that's a fine looking assortment of stone, Mr. Mike!
     
  10. hohenstreetroa

    hohenstreetroa Gold Member Gold Member

    311
    May 22, 2010
    Nice!!!!!
     
  11. kansa

    kansa

    24
    Mar 8, 2010
    Great looking piece of Pietersite, Wow!
     

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