June, 2006



President:                          Elmer Beck


1St Vice-President:         Fred Stratton


2nd Vice-President:      Simon Cantin


Secretary:                                   Vacant


Treasurer                    Adam Villalbazo

Editors:            Norah & Simon Cantin


Membership                       Karin Beck


Sunshine:                          Shirley Cook


Publicity:                            Julius Cotter

Wagonmaster:                De Singleton


* Membership *


$17.50 single, $25.00 per family (includes children 18 years and younger),

Memberships become due in September each year.




The workshop is located in the basement at:

 Sullivan Hall, 6302 152nd Street

Surrey, B.C.



Surrey Rockhounder is the official newsletter of

the Surrey Rockhound  Club, and is included

in your membership fee.

 It is published  monthly, except July & December.

 If you wish to submit articles, please send them by

the 12th day of the month to:    e-mail: norsim@telus.net

 Norah Cantin, Editor




(The Original Rockhounder Newsletter)

Suite 614, 7360 - 137 Street

Surrey, B.C. V3W  1A3


Newsletter of The Surrey Rockhound Club


Members of:

The B.C. Lapidary Society

Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada

Arts Council of Surrey _________________________




General meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at:


      St. Luke Parish Hall

   10177 - 148th Street, Surrey, B. C.

(at the back of the church)


Next General Meeting


The June Meeting will be held on Wednesday,

June  28th, 2006.


The June program will be:

Bring your Rendezvous Finds



Next Executive Meeting

The next executive meeting will be on Wednesday,

July 14th, 2006



President’s Message                           2

Editor's Notes                                2

Workshops                                     3

New Members                                 3

Surrey Gem Show                             4

History of Wedding Rings & Bands           4

A Wealth of Difference                      4

Shop Tips                                      4

Materials Used in Inuit Sculpture            5

Alabaster                                      6

June Program                                  6

Minutes of May Meeting                      7

Field Trips                                     8

Upcoming Events                               8      



Surrey  Rockhounder Newsletter - June 2006


President's Message:


Welcome to the Surrey Rockbound club. Please let us know of rock hounding activities you would like the club to undertake.


Please bring your Rendezvous finds to share at the June meeting.


Thank you to those who came out on June 7 to work on getting ready for our show. Gloria and Dick Dyble, Don and Norma Wolfe, Elmer and Alice Clarke, Elmer Beck, Mike and Winnie Wolowski.


Thank you to Bob Morgan for leading the Lee and Ferguson trips.


Are there any topics you would like presented at future meetings?


Are there any speakers you would like us to hear at future meetings?


We are in need of volunteers for several committees, become an active member of the club.


Please see Karin Beck to purchase a membership roster if you want one. They are $2.00.


We have some Surrey club vests for sale.


Please contact me if you want GMFC Scholarship forms.


Thank you to Norman Handy for agreeing to be our club secretary.


As we journey through the 2006 season, I welcome members to attend workshop sessions but remind people that members should attend three meetings a year. Junior members must have an adult member accompany them while they are working in the shop.


I look forward to seeing you at meetings and club outings.





Editor's Notes


Hi Again Everyone! Hopefully, all you dads and step-dads had a wonderful "Father's Day". 


I heard that our last meetings program with Rick Hudson was really good.  We have one of his books but not his most recent. Apparently Rick sold all the copies of his book that he brought with him, so hopefully we will have one in our library.


Simon and I were recently on Vancouver Island in Qualicum Beach at a funeral.  After the funeral we were mingling with the family and friends and were introduced to Brian Beard, a neighbour of the deceased.  Brian we discovered manages the museum in Qualicum Beach, which he said has some incredible fossils. He invited us to visit the museum when we get a chance.  We thought it would make a nice stop to visit on our way to summer camp.   Brian has written several articles and co-authored some books on Fossils in B. C. and Canada. A little later we had the wonderful opportunity to see some of his fossils and rocks and gems in his private collection at his home. We were delighted, and amazed at his knowledge and collection..  


Thanks to Bob Morgan, for arranging the filed trip to Lee and Ferguson's, and for guiding me to Lee's. I was able to buy some nice rocks both for carving and polishing.  Wow!  Is there ever a lot of rocks and related materials at Ferguson's.  There was so much to see I found it a little overwhelming. Perhaps they will have another sale again sometime. Also, did you notice the beautiful birds they have in the pens there?


There are lots of activities coming up to look forward to and participate in, as well as our Show coming up in September.  See page eight for details.


We hope to see you at the next meeting.




Surrey Rockhounder Newsletter - June 2006





The workshop is located in the basement of Sullivan Hall, 6302 - 152nd Street, Surrey.  Please Note that, for insurance reasons, you must be a club member in order to use the workshop machinery.  Also, the workshop is just a small part of the Club's activities.  If you wish to use the Workshop facilities, please plan on attending some of the regular monthly meetings. It is also recommended that if you wish to join wire wrapping or silversmith classes, that you should first complete the 10-week Beginner Lapidary lessons on Monday nights.


Lapidary ($2 per session, plus cost of supplies):


Note:               Workshops are not in session during the summer, except for Friday nights          but check this with Kavinder first before attending.


Beginners:      Monday - 7 pm - 9 pm

                        foreman - Elmer


Faceting:         Tuesday Evening-Drop-in

                        sessions @ $2 each,

                        Alice & Elmer


General:          Wednesday 12:00 - 3 pm

                        foreman - Rudy -

     (Please call the day before if you will be attending)


Wednesday:      There is no Wed. evening wire wrapping at this time. However, if anyone is interested in taking wire wrapping at another time call Norma Wolfe.



Wire Wrapping: Thursday Afternoon - Open session $2 each, minimum of 3. Please call first, and come with supplies.

                        Norma Wolfe


General:          Thursday evening 6:30 pm to 9 pm

                        foreman - De -

Sculpture/         Thursday 6:30 pm to 9 pm $2 each

Carving             Simon - 


General:    Friday:  7 pm - 9 pm , foreman -  Kavinder:  

                       ; or Ron -,                     

Please call the day before if you will be attending.


Reminder: Children must be accompanied by parent, guardian or a responsible/suitable adult.


The Thursday evening workshop will be closed for the month of July and August. It will reopen sometime in September.


New Members:

There are no new members this month.



Surrey Gem Show:  

Attention All Members:

There will be flyers available at the next meeting.

Most positions were filled BUT we would really like to have Assistants for all positions. Newer members will find this a great way to get involved and find out what needs to be done to put on a Show. So please speak up and offer your help.

We need:

1. Prizes for the Hourly Prize draw. $5.00 to $10.00 value.

See Karin Beck.

2. Displayers to fill 20 Show cases. See De.

3. Donations of good rock for the Silent Auction. See Rudy.

4. Help to create prizes for Spin & Win. See Gloria & Dick Dyble.

5. Used Equipment or Supplies .

6. Club sales: Anyone wishing to sell some of their work should let the committee know so we know how much space will be needed. 10% of sales to go to the Club.

7. Demonstrators: Let Simon know if you would be able to demonstrate.

We hope to have most things lined up by our June Meeting, so you have a little time to think about what you can do.

Alice Clarke; Show Chairman.

Surrey Rockhounder Newsletter - June, 2006


Youth Column

History of Wedding Rings and Bands

The wedding ring on a hand of a person symbolizes the person is in husband and wife relationship. This symbol and tradition has a long far back history. It started with ancient Egyptians, seeing the circular band (today's wedding ring) representing eternity and love, endless devotion, with no beginning and no end. Even the ring hole has the meaning of a door to events known and unknown for two committed to each other

The today's exchange of bands in wedding ceremonies came from Roman Empire times, when it was a public promise what the marriage contract between a man
and a woman will be honored. The Christians made the wedding bands part of the marriage ceremony. The use of forth finger for the wedding band came from the belief of Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans that the vein of this finger is directly connected to the heart, hence the vein of love

Throughout the years to these days wedding rings keep the meaning of ever lasting purity, love and commitment between two people. It made a remarkable run over periods of jewelry eras as Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Contemporaneous. Every jewelry period and era gave wedding rings perfections, expressed in use of gold platinum, silver, gemstones, diamonds, ornaments, designs, styles, etc.

The most significant development wedding rings got after the World War II, in our time, with wide use of platinum and diamonds. Today more then 70% of wedding engagement rings are those made from gold and sold with natural diamonds.

Simulated diamonds started to pick up popularity, as they differ little from their natural counterpart. Even a cremated human body can be made into a man made diamond, then used in a piece of jewelry and kept as a reminder of the love one

Contemporary jewelry industry embraces almost all styles from old jewelry eras. It is easy to find an antique engagement ring or rings of Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco styles, even can be possible to buy pieces of those times.

Contributed by: Wade Ohrlein



                 A Wealth of Difference

Via the Rockytier 4/6; Rockhound Special 4/06


Gold filled:  A layer of gold backed with another metal such as chrome, nickel, copper, or silver.


Gold Plated:  The process of placing a base metal, such as copper in a bath and sealing the two metals through electroplate.


Gold Leaf:  A sheet of gold varying from four to five millionth of an inch in thickness used for gilding and other purposes.


Yellow Gold: A metal generally used for jewelry, comprised of 53% gold, 25% silver, and 22% copper.


Liquid Gold:  Finely divided gold suspended in a vegetable oil and used for gilding ceramics.


Vermeil: 14 karate gold overlay on sterling silver.  



                              Shop Tips


How to Burp a Tumbler -  If you're running a tumbler and it keeps burping out gas and making a mess in your shop, here's a tip.  The burping is due to gas generated by acids and metals.  A common example is the iron in a stone (say, bloodstone) reacting with the weak acids formed by grinding other rocks.  Simply toss a couple of antacids in the tumble and the problem will be reduced or go away.  Tums for the tumbler, so to speak?


Via Hy Grader3/06: Rock Rollers 7/05; Rockhound Special 3/06.


Surrey Rockhounder Newsletter - June, 2006

Materials Used In Inuit Sculpture

Inuit artisans in Canada’s Arctic regions use raw materials that are found on the land or from the sea along the coasts.

Since there are no trees up in the Arctic tundra, wood was never an option as a raw material for Inuit sculpture and art. Instead, the Inuit artisans use whatever is in good supply locally.

Therefore for their Inuit sculpture, stone is the most common material used followed by animal bone and ivory.

Stone For Inuit Sculpture

Since stone is the most common raw material for Inuit sculpture, this is what the world usually sees in Inuit art. However, getting a good supply of quality stone is not always easy for Inuit carvers. Quarries or sites with good stones are not always located near the various established Inuit communities.

 Inuit artists would often have to travel together to the quarries by boat during the summer or by snowmobile during the winter. Sometimes trips can take several days. Getting the stone out of the land is hard physical labor since it has to be extracted with tools such as picks and drills. The stone cannot be simply blasted out with dynamite since blasting will damage the stone. Once enough quality stone is extracted, the Inuit carvers would have to transport the supply back to their communities.

The type of stone used for Inuit sculpture varies since each Arctic region and even supply site will usually have different types of stone. The general term soapstone often used for Inuit sculpture is not exactly accurate since most Arctic regions in fact do not have soapstone sites. Soapstone (talc steatite), a relatively soft stone, is used in some but not in the majority of regions for Inuit sculpture.

The most common stone used in Inuit sculpture are serpentine and serpentinite, which are harder than soapstone. As carving material, serpentine and serpentinite are more difficult for Inuit carvers to work with than compared to soapstone. These stones come in a variety of different colors including green, brown, black and a range of shades in between.

 Other types of Arctic stone used for Inuit sculpture include marble, quartz, argillite, siltstone and dolomite.

Alabaster and soapstone imported from other countries such as Brazil, Italy and United States (Arizona) are sometimes used in Inuit sculpture.

 Many Inuit art enthusiasts claim that Inuit sculpture made from foreign stone are not as valuable as those made from indigenous Arctic stone.

Knowing that artwork made by indigenous Inuit artists who used their local indigenous Arctic stone may be one of the overall appeals of owning authentic Inuit sculpture.

However, some Inuit including David Ruben Piqtoukun who is one of the most successful Inuit artists, use imported stone on a regular basis. His artwork is world renowned and his use of non-indigenous stone has not hurt his reputation or career at all.


This article is from:


Surrey Rockhounder Newsletter - June, 2006




ALABASTER [alabaster] fine-grained, massive, translucent variety of gypsum , a hydrous calcium sulfate. It is pure white or streaked with reddish brown. Alabaster, like all other forms of gypsum, forms by the evaporation of bedded deposits that are precipitated mainly from evaporating seawater. It is soft enough to be scratched with a fingernail and hence it is easily broken, soiled, and weathered. Because of its softness, alabaster is often carved for statuary and other decorative purposes. It is quarried in England and also in Italy. Vases and statuettes of Italian alabaster are sold as "Florentine marbles." The term "Oriental alabaster" is a misnomer and actually refers to marble , a calcium carbonate; whereas gypsum is a calcium sulfate. Important sources of alabaster are Algeria, Egypt, Iran, and Mexico (from which it is exported under the name Mexican onyx); in the United States there are important sources in Utah and Arizona. Oriental alabaster (marble) was extensively used by the Egyptians in sarcophagi, in the linings of tombs, in the walls and ceilings of temples, and in vases and sacrificial vessels. The Romans worked the Algerian and Egyptian quarries and used the stone for similar purposes. In modern times it was used by Muhammad Ali for his mosque in Cairo. The French make extensive use of alabaster in interior decoration.

Author not available, ALABASTER., The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition 2006

Submitter by Simon Cantin


The picture on the right is an Alabaster Column.




Our June Meeting Program:


Please bring your finds from the Rendezvous.


I know that some of you did find some great treasures on some of these field trips.

So bring some of these rocks to show the other rockhounds.

Surrey Rockhounder Newsletter - June 2006



Surrey Rockhound Club Meeting

Minutes from May 24,2006


Minutes of last meeting Apr 26,2006 accepted as written



Correspondence:  Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society, Ripple Rock Gem and Mineral Club, BC Lapidary Society, J&M Dowler Medicine Hat, Thunder Bay Lapidary Society


Invitation from Ivan Leversage open house june 3 & 4 and Donnamae Chionis June 11 rock sale


Treasurer income

Income for the month 


Committee reports:

Arts Council                 Theresia Keet   meeting on how to fill out grant forms  may 29

Education Co-ord       Bill Wardle class next week and the week after

Hospitality                   Karin and Elmer Beck 

Library                        Leo Dery         

Membership                Karin Beck   57 members; 5 guests  new members

Newsletter                  Norah Cantin  excellent;  need new editor in Sept

Program                       De Singleton      May Rick Hudson

Public Relations           Julius Cotter  cheking into “the Leader’s” community information page

Show Committee          Alice Clarke  June 7 workshop

Sound                          Don Wolfe 

Sunshine                       Shirley Cook  Ray and Cory Williams

Sullivan Hall                  Ron Wade 

Wagon master De Singleton    trip to Northair mines: june 10

Ways/Means                 Kamlesh Puri 

Work Shop Foreman    Elmer Clarke                                                    


Old Business   

Gladys moved that the club will do food service at Abby show. Jenifer McAllister has volunteered to co-ordinate. Seconded by Bill Wardle. Carried


Investigating Canada Day


               Rockhounder on the website www.surreyrockhound.com      


New Business

I attended the BC Lapidary Society Annual General meeting. The current slate of officers were re elected. Summer camp 2007 Beaver Point Resort near Burns Lake.


Rendezvous:  Roe Lake Lodge near Sheridan Lake.


Members only on field trips and sign waivers to go on trip.




Surrey Rockhound Newsletter - June 2006

Field Trips:  

Wagonmaster trips: A backpack is a useful and probably the easiest way to carry your finds. Bring gloves, boots, protective eyewear, waterproof rain gear and waterproof hat, a rock hammer if you have one, chisels, spray bottle, portable shovel, a brush to clean the specimens, and lunch with a thermos of something hot or cold to drink, depending of the season. Drinking water is also very good to bring along as you get pretty dehydrated out there.

In Winter/Spring: Be sure to wear warm clothing in layers so that you can adjust to changing weather conditions. Warm boots with socks are a must, as are gloves. Remember your rain gear, and something hot to drink.


July 16/06       North Air Mine, Squamish Leader is Gord Pinder. The meeting place is the

                        Britannia Mine Parking Lot. We will be looking for Pyrite cubes, 1/4" Chalcopyrite and exploratory on the logging road above North Air.


July 30/06       Keystone Mine Leaders are De Singleton and Bob Morgan

                        The meeting place is the south side of the Coquialla tollbooth at 10 am. We will be looking for Sulphides and Pyrites in the tailing of the old mine.



Also see: B.C. Lapidary Society internet site: www.lapidary.bc.ca/clubs.html under: B.C. Field Trips for possible trips


Most trips go RAIN or SHINE!   

***PLEASE NOTE: Please do not just arrive at the meeting place without checking to be sure the trip is actually on. You should always phone the trip leader the day before the trip to confirm it is going ahead.



Upcoming Events:                                                                                         


August 6-11                        Summer Camp on Vancouver Island at:. Broughton Strait Campsite

                                             550 SE Main (North end of Broughton Blvd.) Port McNeil, B.C.

                                            Reservations: Tel: 250-956-3224 Hosted by the Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club

                                         Campbell River. B.C.


September 23 & 24        Surrey Rock and Gem Show At Sullivan Hall. 6306 - 152 Street.


Oct. 28 & 29th                Port Moody Rock & Gem Club, Annual Show at: Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle St.,

                                          Port Moody, B.C.