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).
If you haven’t already checked out this event, you still have a chance tomorrow to talk to some of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic rock hounds in the area. Sunday hours are from 10am to 4pm.
Brian and Rose Marie (VLMS). Brian specializes in REALLY SMALL cabs! He’s never met a rock chip he didn’t like. On his table is a year’s worth of finished cabouchons and projects in progress. He’s also demonstrating cabbing on a Genie 6-wheel machine.
Melissa-anne Fenton (VLMS)
Got Stoned Jewelry – Hand crafted specimen stones
specializing in ear plugs, while also having a range of other jewellery available
Ninja Cat Art & Stuff
Amber – specializing in amber (!)
f: Jono paulo
Herb Hellmoldt (VLMS) has a mesmerizing selection and variety of raw opals including Australian pinfire opal in sandstone, and opals from a variety of Australian opal mines. He also has quality slabs available.
Brix O’Connell-Wilcox (VLMS)
Nick Aktarian (VLMS)
sanz elly : mixed media artist ~ clay, copper, stones
Gayle MacPherson (VLMS)
Robert Belz (VLMS)
David Mullet (VLMS)
Vancouver Island Rocks – Unique island crystals,
Crystal Hunter, VancouverIslandRocks.ca
Gold Panning & Wilderness Guide
David Hosking(VLMS) and Pat
Michelle C. Heath
Custom Jewellery Design and Fabrication
Blue Heron Studios
Glass and Jewellelry Artist