steven popkes - rock tumbling

Rock Tumbling and other excursions into geology.

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A few years ago, I got my son a rock tumbling kit. One of those things that the Smithsonian puts out. He liked it okay but I got hooked. Now I have four tumblers.

Looking for material got me interested in geology and from there to the Boston Mineralogical Club and the Worcester Mineral Club. Both the WMC and BMC have several field trips every year. In addition, they're both members of the Eastern Field Trip Alliance, where different clubs share field trips. So I have now about 250 pounds of rock in the shop. My wife wonders if I’ll be able to tumble everything I want to in this life time. We’ll have to see.

Rock Tumbling and Lapidary Links

Rock Tumbling Hobby

Rock Tumbling Info

Kreigh's Homemade Lapidary Equipment

Mama's Minerals

Inland Lapidary

Geology and Fossils

Mine Database

Two Guys Fossils

Mass State Geologist

Maine Collecting Guides

Boston Mineral Club

Field Trip: Joggins, Nova Scotia

In 2004, we visited Joggins, Nova Scotia, enjoying the great outdoors and Mississippian fossils.

While we were in Nova Scotia, we visited Parrsboro. The geology of the area is very interesting. Losts of semi-precious stones and the smallest dinosaur footprints ever found. Here are some links: