I prefer to work with agate and jasper, which also includes picture jaspers, petrified wood and thundereggs (among a few other types). For other rocks please ask (some require special treatment). Take photos of your pieces if there is any doubt; they are always good to have so there is no misunderstanding of what I can or can't do. If you send something I can't do I will charge for shipping it back, unless there is a huge misunderstanding.
I can cut pieces anywhere from a couple inches across to around 10". I can cut them in half or slab to any thickness you want. I can polish anything with a flat cut surface, up to about 5" across. Slabs thicker than 1/2" are OK too (nothing smaller please). The equipment I use results in a very flat, very highly polished surface on most materials. You can send pieces to polish but if they aren't flat and smooth I can try to cut the face off so I can work with it, but that may not always work. Almost nothing cut with a tile saw without a vise will be suitable for polishing unless I cut the face off. Same goes for saws that are misaligned or have a worn blade. If it has grooves and/or isn't flat I will recut it first.
Turnaround time varies but will usually be less than a week, unless you give me a big box o' rocks. You can bring them here (Oregon City OR) or mail them. Depending on where you are, USPS rates are generally up to $12 for up to 3 or 4 pounds, heavier than that flat rate Priority Mail is almost always cheaper. A medium flat rate box ($13.65) can hold up to about 15 pounds (which is packing them in tight) a large flat rate box ($18.90) can hold up to about 30 pounds. Pack cut rocks and slabs in bubble wrap, if it chips in shipping it may be unusable or need to be cut again.
My rates are: For slabbing or cutting in half (no polishing) $0.25 square inch (for example a 4" by 4" square shaped piece is a maximum charge of $4.00; it's always less if not a perfect square or rectangle). Add an additional $0.15 per square inch for polishing. So slabbing and polishing would amount to $0.40 per square inch. For slabbing I count one side, for polishing of both halves I count one side for slabbing and both sides for polishing (so the charge isn't double the slabbing charge). If you send me cut rocks with a flat smooth surface the rate for polishing is $0.25 per square inch. Rough or not perfectly flat faces will have to be cut again.
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