New blades have been recently added to the 10″ and 6″ trim saws as the past blades were both a year old or more. Thanks go to Mel for the contribution of the 10″ blade. The slab saw blade still has its original blade in use and is not expected to need replacement in the very near future, as cutting with oil greatly reduces the blade wear. The Genies are all in active use with most sporting new or reconditioned spitters – these have noticeably improved the water amounts to the wheels. Brian will be looking into getting some grit for the vibrating flat lap (donated by new club member, Doug Smith) and Alana has offered to check out wheel replacements for the small 6″ flat lap. The longer course session format, newly implemented on Sundays, has shown to have some instruction advantages for the Basic Lapidary course, held recently. We are hopeful that future courses will follow the same format so as to not interfere with Saturday workshop activities for members.
A brief meeting of Island Zone representatives was held on the morning of Sunday, July 29 immediately following the pancake breakfast at the Gemboree. In addition to Zone reps, the meeting was also attended by several club members interested in finding out more about what the Zone is about as well as what is going on with the other clubs on the island. Reports were submitted by each club in attendance to the Zone secretary and will be posted as soon on our VLMS website as soon as they are made available. VLMS members who are interested in becoming a representative of our club for the Island Zone – please contact Vanessa at our next meeting, or by email.
The 2018 Gemboree was hosted by the Victoria LMS and held at the Sooke River Campground.
Thursday – lunchtime onwards: set up
Friday – am: visit to K2 Quarry outside Port Renfrew
Friday – pm: gold panning on Loss Creek near Port Renfrew
Friday – evening: flint knapping demonstration
Friday – evening: Cowboy steak dinner
Saturday – am: fossil and crystal hunting in a quarry near Jordan River
Saturday – pm: beach rocks on Ella Beach
Saturday – pm: rock identification “masterclass” by Sean Maier
Saturday – evening: spontaneous pot-luck (courtesy of our up-island friends)
Sunday – am: Pancake Breakfast
Sunday – am: Island Zone meeting
Sunday – am: Tailgate Sale
Sunday – lunchtime: pack up
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Allana Shillito (Gemboree Committee Chair):
Well, after one and a half years of planning, the VLMS pulled off a darn good Gemboree. We had approximately 60 adults and 9 children attend the 3-day affair at the Sooke River Campgrounds.