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Thanks mike,

Full credits to both you and McRocks in the database. I looked at Eddie's webpage and sent him the same question. lots of nice looking turquoise he has there...

I live in NM, and you've gotten to places I've never been able to.... How's them for apples! (old Penna dutch saying)

Thanks again!

Mike Streeter
Hey Al - Since it's been over a quarter century since Grad school and my recollection of rock names is a bit fuzzy, I had to look up adamellite. You're probably right, but I think I'll stick with (quartz) monzonite, since it appears that many believe it to be equivalent to adamellite and more importantly, I won't have to go back through the report and change the name in the many places it occurs. But, thanks for pointing it out - I learned something else my brain will soon slough off.

Phil - Good deal. As I'm sure you well know, obtaining access to rockhounding locations is often nothing more than being in the right place at the right time and this can happen just down the street or all the way across the country.

Al O
Yepp, I hear you loud and clear!
Best Regards
Joe D.

I have started to read your report about 4 times and didn't get time to finish it till today. I've been as busy as the proverbial "one armed paper hanger". I've been fixing lots of broke things, trying out new toys and attending family affairs. This afternoon I finally got the time to read the whole report. In a word it's "Fantastic". It brings back lots of memories of our past winderings in the West and makes me "Pine" for the Winter desert. We have had all kinds of weird weather here in Pa. One moments you think it's Summer again, then Winter, then Spring and Summer again. Floods snow storms and plenty of rain. It looks like you and Chrissy had a trip of a lifetime and even found lots of great rocks along the way.

I even had a bit of time to put out the Christmas decorations but haven't had a minute to do any collecting. You would think I'd have plenty of time to do rock stuff since we retired 12 years ago. It seems if I don't go travelling away from the old homestead then I'm always having to fix something or help someone else do something. My crick is calling to me but I can't get to answer. With all the rain it should have unearthed lots of goodies for me to find.

Your cabs are beautiful with lots of color and contrast. It's still amazing to me how such ugly looking rocks can be turned into beautiful works of art by a little tender care and a talented cabber who is even an "IST". I think old "El Nino" is going to send us folks on the East coast lots of wet snow this year.

Thanks for sharing your memories and rocks with us.

Joe D.
Mike Streeter
Hi Joe,

Thanks for the compliments - I live for contrast in my cabochons!

We've had our share of the weird weather too. It got up to 64 degrees yesterday, but barely reached to 40s today. Now they'are calling for snow Saturday. That's the southern Appalachians for you.

Mike Streeter
Hey gang,

The weather has been iffy here lately, so I spent some time in the basement doing you know what. I've added some more cabochon pictures to the report and stretched it out another page. The cab picture start on page 8:
Remember to refresh the page if you've looked at it before to see the new pics.

Do you think that 39 turquoise cabs are enough? Help . . .

You can never have too many turquoise cabs....
dave t.
Mike, your freeforms are great. But seeing they are freeforms and with the quantity you are turning out, I am concerned that you will end up with 'nubbies' instead of fingers!! LOL

Have you added more equipment, or are you still on your little cab maker? I've got two more rotaries since adding silver to our jewelry line. This 'rock thing' is more addictive day by day.

One more question - Will you have time for your bow-flex with your other activities? Also underestand that you can make cabs under the tanning lamps - is that true?

Keep on grinding my friend, we're all anxious to see the next pages to be added to your upcoming 'cab book'.

Regards, dave t.
MIKE: your cabs are totally awesome. do you sell just cabs? i love the way you freeform them and leave all the pits and druse's in....they really get my imagination going on creating jewelry...
Mike Streeter
Hey Dave - Thanks! Both my thumbs are currently without skin in a few places - The blood isn't a problem during the wet part of the cabbing, but I have to stop the bleeding for the final diamond polish step so I don't ruin my felt polishing pads - I'm sure you know the drill! I use my Ameritool flat lap machine for 90% of the cabs I make since it works best (at least for me) for angular ones and free-forms. I will employ the the old Covington unit with diamond wheels for the rounded type cabs with dop sticks up to 600 grit and will finish them on the flat lap. I haven't tried to cab under the tanning lamp yet, but the Chrissy's got the bow-flex set up under it so I can kill two birds with one stone. HA!

Jan - Thanks! I've thought about selling cabs but have thus far resisted turning my new hobby into a business. Just as I have never collected a rock for the sole purpose of selling it, I don't want to find myself making a cab just to sell - although this is likely inevitable since I broke the 1,000 mark some time ago and I've only been cabbing for about 10 months. Give me a shout by email if you have a hankering for any one of the cabs and I'll see what I can do for you.
Joe D.

You have become a real cabaholic and should enter treatment. You know you have it bad when you can't eat enough pretzels to get those nice big plastic containers to store all your cabs in. You start making excuses that the pretzels are stale and should be thrown out just to free up another container. Is this the first sign of becoming a containerholic, or is it the caboholic bleeding through? When you start cutting into your rock collection just to get rocks to cut it's time for treatment options.

I can see by your cabs that you haven't reached the stage where you just don't have enough stencils and have to look around for a piece of that old "Carbon" paper, you remember what a typewriter was don't you?. You start tracing forms and shapes on a blank piece of paper with the carbon in between and a nice sheet of plastic underneath. Then you have to painfully cut out each shape so you have another stencil for making more and more interesting cabs. You wake up outisde your front door with your dremel grinding on the stone facing of your house trying to make the entire house a new "pretty" cab.

Christmas is close and perhaps Santa will bring you some new cab toys. Even Coal can be shaped and polished for interesting cabs. Bow-flex? Who has time for such trivial things. It's time to make the cabs, more cabs, more cabs, always more cabs. Then you throw in wire wrapping, who has time for field trips and collecting rocks. You say the SUV has flat tires, who cares, bring me more rocks. Got to have rocks, all shapes, colors and sizes.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In case youdon't understand English:

Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
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Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
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English: Merry Christmas
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Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
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Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
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Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
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Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Lao: souksan van Christmas
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese:Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

Joe D.
Mike Streeter
Hey Joe,

You wrote "I can see by your cabs that you haven't reached the stage where you just don't have enough stencils ..." Shoot, I made a my own stencils on a clear plastic sheet months ago . . . copied a bunch of shapes I found on the NET. For example, the following two cab shapes are from stencils I made.


Joe D.

You are more lost then I thought. It is frustrating though to see what little is available as far as stencils on the NET to buy. The same old shapes in about 3 different stencils. Making your own is much better so your mind can help shape your rocks. Even making "True Free form" cabs without stencils is more gratifying then using the same old boring commercial stencils. A real test of addiction is trying to make something interesting out of small pieces of rock without using those pesky "Dops". It usually results in your getting your fingernails trimmed.

I'm still in a holding pattern as far as trying to make my "Angel Heart". It looks like an angel on one side and a heart from the other side. I found an example on the NET and it has haunted me ever since. I just can't seem to get started on it. It will require me carving the stone with the trim saw blade and my old Diamond wheels on the Genie. Maybe even one of my Dremel tools.

Joe D.
Wow, Mike, what a trip! And what a great friendship started by chance. I love the DeLuca bloodstone and the Otero brecciated skarn. It seems like the cabbing bug has hit you good and hard - but there's nothing quite like the satisfaction of making something beautiful out of something you've found that may not show it's beauty until it leaves your hands. I'm ashamed of how long it's been since I've been at the lapidary bench, but I've told my hubbie that what I want for Christmas is time to cut up rocks! We'll see how well that goes, lol!
Joe wrote;
"I'm still in a holding pattern as far as trying to make my "Angel Heart". It looks like an angel on one side and a heart from the other side. I found an example on the NET and it has haunted me ever since."

Got the Url so the rest of us can see what you're talking about?
Joe D.

I was never able to find the site again where I saw it. You'll have to wait and see if I can make it. When you look at it from the back it looks like a heart, when you turn it around it looks like an angel with wings.

Joe D.
Mike Streeter
Hi Joe - I look forward to seeing your angel heart when you finally get-er done!

Hi Junesse - Thank you! It seems that most of the good things in my life have happened "by chance", but usually only after I put myself out there, so to speak. It also seems like some things are just meant to be, like bumping into our new pal Eddie the way we did and how it has worked out. Yep, I got smacked in the face with the cabbing bug, and that's putting it mildly - it's a great way to constructively pass the time when we're not out hounding. Here's hoping you get back to creating your own works of art soon!

Eddie DeLuca
Cool !
John Bullington
Totally jealous Mike....been 10 years since we were in NM. Miss the chiles...but miss the rocks more!
Mike Streeter
Eddie - Glad you like it!  Thanks to you for making some of the best parts possible.

John - Hell, man, I'm jealous of myself as it has been nearly six years since Chrissy and I were in New Mexico and my chronic dry eye condition that hit me with a vengeance over four years ago will likely prohibit any future trips to the super arid Southwest.

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