Re: lapidary equipment
Laura, from your post I assume - Yeah, I know, that's dangerous - that you're planning on faceting gem type stones over, say, cutting, cabing, and polishing "rocks" such as agates. Though the two hobbies can be lumped into the same rockhound category, there is a world of difference between both the material required and the tools needed to accomplish your goal. In either case, clubs are definitely the least expensive way to go, especially just starting out. As most often happens, the more involved your become the more you desire your own equipment. Another advantage of the club route is that you can build up your own gear over time and as income allows. Quality lapidary equipment is expensive. (Cheap equipment isn't worth the outlay and can actually discourage further involvement in the hobby through frustration with the quality of output.) I encourage you to search the club sites maintained in this forum for the closest one to you. Perhaps one is within a reasonable drive that you might join and visit once a month, or so, until you can eventually build up your own little shop.
From John D Gonzales-Lusk - February 26, 2013 at 23:14:12