Services

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People

Management Committee and Other Personnel Management Committee Members President: Michael Hardcastle Vice-president: Bill Reece Treasurer: Richie Williams Secretary: Jan Hannam Assistant Secretary: Debbie Bloomfield Website Administrator: John Heenan Additional Member: Joe Venables Other Personnel Gem Festival Committee: Michael Hardcastle (Convenor), Trevor Hannam, Tammi Saal, Jan Hannam Faceting Advisors: Trevor Hannam, Jim Lidstone Silver Advisors: Sylvia Rose, Jan Saal, Trevor Hannam Cabochon Advisors: Michael Hardcastle, Jodi Sawyer Librarian: David Croft, Betty Reece

For Sale

Faceting machine. $3500, on sale to members Saw, grinder and eight disc cabochon machine, on sale to members by tender until Nov 7 Faceting machine. $3500, on sale to members HALLS 2000 MODEL FACETING MACHINE. $3,500 (Firm). Offered to members only unless there is no sale. WHAT IT COMES WITH: All dops, Transfer Jig, 45 degree Angle dop All laps used in faceting Faceting Lamp 240V Spirit Lamp - some gem stones A SOLID FACETING BENCH NB: Drive belts may need replacing - $3,500 is a FIRM PRICE and is not open to bargaining.

Gemfest

Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest Gemfest 2021, July 31st and Aug 1st, with the club celebrating 60 years. All day food and drinks. Off road parking. Demonstrations, Dealers Specimens, Crafts, Jewellery, Metal Detecting, Raffles, Kid’s Activities Phone Michael on 0450 185 250 or email cairnsmlc AT gmail.com Raffle Prizes for Gemfest 2021 As images of raffle prizes for Gemfest 2021 become available they will be displayed here.

Activities

Fossicking For Specimens Government designated fossicking areas Regular Field Trips Many local spots for crystal quartz Fossicking Calendar Past Field Trips Identify Specimens Consult our Specimen Tester or our Gemologist We have a very comprehensive reference library (On site only) Our members in general have a wealth of knowledge and experience Gemologist Process Specimens With our talented volunteer tutors, learn skills of cutting & polishing gemstones en cabochon or faceted and then setting the stone

Courses

Instruction classes with attendance over several sessions Faceting Cabochoning Jewellery Silversmithing To attend the classes please notify interest to the club. When sufficient people have registered interest and an instructor is available you will be notified and requested to confirm attendance Course Notes and Books All of the classes are very much hands on and introduce a lot of new and unfamiliar techniques, tools and terminology. So it is a help to be prepared to do some background reading in your own time.

Field Use Maps

Maps for Field Use This is a service under development to provide useful information in the field to club members. The service is available on a seperate web link and is available to club members upon request. Please ask well before departing on a field trip for the link. Practice is required. Please make sure you access just before departing so as latest updates can be downloaded for offline access on your mobile phone.

Purchasing

From Mike Rashleigh, the club purchasing officer. Purchasing at counter The club keeps a stock of tools and material for sale at the club. Using Order Book for Purchasing The club has a new hard cover ‘order book’ in the office area. This is used by club committee members and course instructors to order stock for club and course use. To order for your personal you can request a club committee member to place an order for you in the order book

Fossicking Calendar

Fossicking Calendar 2021 The club organises between three and five fossicking trips each year for members. As a field trip approaches updates will be available through the next upcoming fieldtrip page. You can bookmark this page. Shortly before a field trip commences all updates and direction will be through field trip officers. Please make sure you know who your field trip officers are and that you have spoken to them or speak to them as soon as possible after arriving.

Gemologist

Gemologist Gemologists identify and verbally evaluate gems. Vic Lahtinen, one of the club’s gemologists, is available on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 10am at the club. You do not need to be a member. Vic has access to suitable equipment to help him identify gems. Vic and his colleagues also identify minerals specimens.