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Hello, I'm pleased to meet you. My name is Bob and I am the editor and webmaster of this online publication for rock collectors and lapidary hobbyists. Basically, I'm just your ordinary, common as quartz rockhound who enjoys showing off minerals in my collection, lapidary projects, and sharing with fellow collectors and rock nuts. As a longstanding computer hobbyist and Internet enthusiast I saw an opportunity at the dawn of the World Wide Web to indulge several interests and open up "shop" here. The result of merging these interests and hobbies is Bob's Rock Shop.
The Shop is a non-commercial site in that the rocks and mineral specimens displayed here are Not for Sale (at least, not through me), but you are welcome to browse all you like. Thanks to its generous content contributors and advertising sponsors, the Shop has grown considerably since it was first brought on-line in March 1995 as a homepage with eight or so images of rocks from my own collection. To give you a graphic example of what's in store here, I've brought out one of my own heavy lead specimens as an example some of the Shop's current "stock and trade".
Rock&Gem Magazine has joined Bob's Rock Shop online and we're working together to provide a first class topical information and connectivity resource for rockhounds on the Internet. In addition to publishing featured articles here, Rock&Gem provides an extensive online show list and submission form, an interface to search thousands of R&G back issue article titles for topics of interest, writer's guidelines and more.
Other features to browse here include downloadable freeware and shareware software for rockhounds, a collecting site catalog for the United States and Canada, the Rock Net bulletin board, several collections of entertaining and informative mineralogical articles and essays, contests for rockhounds, the free use, form-accessible Rock Trader classified ads, an extensive US Club list, and rockhound tailored visitor information for Tucson, Arizona, including the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The gallery of specimen images, which now features over 150 specimens, remains a primary focus of the Shop. The Shop's extensive link list is being continuously updated and expanded and provides links to many categories of kindred rocky sites.
I hope you enjoy your visit and you're invited back any time! Your suggestions and ideas for content you'd like to see at the Shop are welcome. Bob's Rock Shop owes its origin to an experiment with a video frame grabber. The experiment continues and the feedback and encouragement provided by fellow hobbyists has been much appreciated. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share some of the fun.
Are you interested in contributing some content to the WWW? Manuscripts about and images of mineral specimens and related mineral and rockhounding subjects are invited.
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