Rough to Ready show ’22

Our October show – the Rough to Ready Member’s Fair will be held on the weekend of October 15th and 16th this year. As usual it will be a the Leonardo Da Vinci centre in Victoria.

The idea behind the Rough to Ready show is to allow members to dip their toe into the arena of selling their rock-related creations in a safe environment. Members’ applications for tables at the show are prioritized and selection criteria for spaces favour beginner/club sellers.

If you’ve run out of storage for your creations, or would like your hobby to become somewhat self-supporting, this is the show for you to present your wares.

Our goal is to support club members by providing a safe and comfortable non-competitive sales venue in which to showcase their stone related talents, collections and small businesses, in addition to furthering education and advancing everything handmade and collected in the realm of lapidary, stone and crystal. We prefer that glass and plastic items as well as “fake” or knock-off items be excluded from your product offerings. This may be a first event for newer artisans and we aim to keep the vibe friendly and encouraging.

Please complete this Vendor Application Form before September 20th if you would like to participate in the show.

Rendezvous 2022

Rendezvous 2022 was held in Coombs at the fairground from June 2nd through June 6th, 2022. It was well-attended with both tent and RV campers. Despite changeable weather and rain, the field trips were full and the workshops and demonstrations also filled up. For a taste of what was on offer see the photo albums below (there was more on offer, but these are the events I have photos for).

Field Trips on offer:

Horne Lake Caves

At the guide centre we were provided with helmets and headlamps. Our guide, Ryan, took us on a 20 minute walk uphill to the cave entrance. The walk is dotted with interpretive signs of the landscape. The entrance to Big Bend Cave is gated and locked. The floor of the cave is in its natural state as a river bed and requires some nimbleness to navigate.

Our guide
Walking along the original river bed
Squeezing up through a narrow passage towards the exit

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Mt Arrowsmith

The trip to Mt Arrowsmith afforded the chance to see Dallasite in its original form as part of basalt pillow lava as well as red, green, blue(ish) and purple jaspers. Thanks go to Jim Jeffs (Parksville club) for leading the trip, providing insightful explanations and organizing the gates to be unlocked for access.

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Formation of basalt pillows:

Argonaut Mine

The Argonaut mine is an idle open pit iron mine. Active from 1951 until 1957 its minerals were used in the steel manufacturing industry. Minerals to be found are magnetite, garnet skarn, epidote skarn, calcite, marble, pyrite, limestone, diorite and actinolite. The trip was led by Jim McKinnon (Parksville club) who provided good interpretation of what was available and how to find it.

Introduction by Jim McKinnon

Argonaut Mine introduction

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Carving rock bowls – demonstration

Gary Veitch from the Duncan club demonstrated how he carves rock bowls. He uses a Makita Wet Stone polisher that he has modified to keep the powdered rock out of the workings. Gary shapes and sands the outside before starting on the inside. It takes a couple of days to produce a finished bowl from a rock.

Videos of the process (playlist with 5 short videos)

Exposing and cleaning fossils – demonstration

Russ Ball from the Courtney club explained how he uses an air scribe to clean out the matrix surrounding fossils to better expose the structure.

Workshop: Tree of Life Pendant

Allison Gallant and Cari Taylor (Victoria Club) stepped in at short notice to give a great workshop on making a Tree of Life pendant.

Showcases in the Arrowsmith Hall

Here are some of the showcases set up in the Arrowsmith Hall

Island Area Rocks and Minerals: there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Rocks of the USA by Grant and Angela Bailey. there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Unusual fossils from the Vancouver Island Cretaceous: there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Vancouver Island Rocks


Our auctioneer in action

General Photos

Volunteers for the Rock and Gem show – members only

Hello everyone,
Our Rock and Gem show is coming up in just a week (Fri, March 17th – Sun, March 20th).The Rock and Gem show is a really fun event to attend, and is also the financial foundation for many of the other fun things we do during the year.
We need member-volunteers to make the show a success.  Below is a link to the volunteer sheet for you to look at.  If you can spare a couple of hours (or more) to sign up for a slot, please let me know what day and time by replying to this email and I will put your name in the sheet (

Rock and Gem Show Volunteer Sign Up Sheet

Rendevous 2022 booking

Register for Rendezvous 2022
June 2 – 6, Coombs Fair Grounds, Coombs
Dear members and rock enthusiasts,

We would like to alert you to that the registration form for Rendezvous 2022 scheduled for June 2 – 6, 2022 at the Coombs Fair Grounds in Coombs, BC is now on our web site. Rendezvous is our Society’s annual gathering which has taken place since 1958 (well, until the COVID pandemic). Rendezvous 2022 will feature:Field TripsCamaraderieMini Rock Show and SaleBCLS Annual General MeetingThis year Rendezvous and Gemboree have been combined into a single larger-than-usual event focused on bringing us all back together after 2 years of COVID retreat. Rendezvous 2022 will be hosted by our Vancouver Island clubs including Victory Lapidary and Mineral Society, Cowichan Valley Rockhounds, Parksville & District Rock & Gem, Courtenay Gem and Mineral Club, Alberni Valley Rock & Gem, Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club (Vancouver Island Zone).

Visit our web site at the URL below for the registration form and everything Rendezvous. Let’s make a point of getting back together again and rocking BC!


Andrew Danneffel
BCLS President

Rendevous 2022 planning

Hi Everyone,

Our five Vancouver Island Clubs are collaboratively hosting the BCLS “Rendezvous 2022” in conjunction with our Gemboree this year from Thursday June 2nd to Monday June 6th at the Coombs Agricultural Fairgroungs.  We are really looking forward to much needed and overdue commraderie amongst all BCLS rock hounders.   We have a busy fun weekend planned and the blog and registration form are now posted on the  BCLS website.   Registrations are already coming in.

We will be looking for each of our Vancouver Island clubs to contribute to the success of this event.   We will be needing volunteers for setting up, hospitality, registration, workshops, demonstrations, book sales, rock auction, kiddies corner and other activities.   Any time you can volunteer during this event will be greatly appreciated.
Please let your Club Zone reps know if and when you are able to help out.  Thank you!

We are looking forward to a really good turnout and fun active long weekend.
Hope to see you there!

Cynthia Jones, PDRG Zone rep
Committee chair