Rough to Ready Show (14th Oct, 2017)

Today was the first day of the Rough to Ready show, now in its second year.  It’s being held at the Da Vinci center (same location as the spring show). Where the Rough to Ready show is different from the spring show is that the sales tables are first and formost for members of the various lapidary and mineral societies.  This means the goods on display and the knowledge behind the tables is local, and of very high quality.

Below is a list of stall holders, and samples of their wares (in no particular order). Continue reading

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Seen in the workshop this week (7th Oct, 2017)

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History of Island Copper Mine – Brian Welchman (2nd Oct, 2017)

Brian Welchman came from Campbell River to show and make a presentation and show a video on the Island Copper Mine (“The Island Copper Story”), followed by a Q & A session.

Brian was a former mine manager at Island Copper.  The mine was in operation for 25 years.  Brian is experienced in open pit mines and worked for the Australian company BHP for 30 years. Continue reading

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Monthly show tables (2nd Oct 2017)

Dave Rigby – Merry Widow Mine rocks

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Gold panning trip to Meades Creek (25th Sept, 2017)

 

Madeline panning

Madeline panning

Giles digging

Giles digging

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As we arrived at the panning place, Gilles had to meet and calm the two Rhodesian ridgeback dogs before we could continue. The campers who belonged to the dogs mentioned that they had had a very interesting night with the transit of two elk and a black bear down the creek bed where we were panning. There was no sign of any wildlife the day we were there, so we were safe as we panned the gravel to find….. smaller gravel. Continue reading

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Smokey Quartz and Amethyst Scepters at Krystal Tips Mine – Ron Zeilstra (Sept 11th, 2017)

Ron Zeilstra gave a great slide show and talk about his experiences at the invitation site Krystal Tips Mine in Nevada, USA.

A Scepter is the name for a prismatic crystal which forms with the top part protuding and wider than the rest of the crystal.  More details on sceptre quartzes here.

 

 

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Seen in the workshop this week (9th Sept, 2017)

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April 30th Field Trip: Pacific Marine Circle

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Meet at the Seniors’ Centre in Colwood (behind pool/library complex) at 9am.  Bring lots of food and water for a whole day excursion.  A full gas tank and a spare tire check wouldn’t hurt either. Bring appropriate gear for rain and sun and wind.  This is an amazing day for beach combing, panning and picture taking.  BCLS members only please.

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May 1 VLMS Auction: open to public to buy and sell.

This could be you at our VLMS Auction on May 1 2017.  Sellers, please drop off your “binned” materials and equipment between 5.30pm and 6.00pm May 1 at the Burnside Bowling Club.  No looky-Lou’s!  Doors will be open to sign in, get a paddle and browse the merchandise at 6.45 to 7.30pm.  Auction starts at 7.30.  Cash and cheques are only accepted. Sellers get 85% of top bid proceeds and 15% goes to the club.

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Next Meeting is April 3, 7:30 pm. Visitors welcome.

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OUR 2017 Show!

Admissions still the same great price, times for Sunday are slightly longer.  Please come and see what is new this year in mineral exploration.  March 17-19th, 2017  Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Str.

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May 1, 2017 Famous AUCTION!

Our annual Auction is coming up.  If you have something you want auctioned off, you get 85%, the club gets 15% of proceeds) swing on by the clubhouse at 6 pm to drop off your items and a reserved bid if you’d like.  No previewing allowed until 7 pm  as the Auction volunteers need to organise things –  you have to leave and come back at 7 pm.

All participants (member and nonmembers allowed to buy and auction)  need to sign up with an auction card.  Bring cash and an empty car trunk.  Auction starts at 7:45pm.

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