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OREgon ROCKhounds ONline

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This is the home page of Oregon Rockhounds Online. Ore-Rock-On was founded by Tim Fisher (me) on Sunday, June 4, 1995, whilst putting off lots of yardwork which I had to do. The organization's membership immediately swelled to four to include my wife, Tonya, and my kids, Tad and Lauren. They were totally enthusiastic about joining, and besides, they didn't have a choice!  

This site has two purposes. The first and foremost is a guide to Pacific Northwest Rockhounding sites
The ulterior motive of this page is to buy, sell, and trade lapidary rough, fossils, and knapping materials (obsidian)
Another motive for this page is to provide information on the Portland area Rock and Gem Clubs

OUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME :)

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)'s TV show Oregon Field Guide has done a story on thunderegg hunting that aired on October 31st, 2013! We were featured digging thundereggs at the McDonald Ranch in Ashwood, OR, cutting and polishing the egg, and many of our specimens were shown. There's lots of great info and footage of thunderegg enthusiasts at Richardson's Ranch in Madras OR, one of the premier thunderegg digging locations anywhere. The episode is available here!

Buying Stuff

I do occasionally buy lapidary equipment and rock, supplies, slabs, etc. I get emails from folks at least once a month about buying stuff, especially estates. I almost never bite, but I wil at least help you if you can tell me the following. If it sounds like I am being tough, I'm really helping you from wasting your time and energy. My advice to you is email me IF:

1) You are within a few hours of Potland OR. I won't drive across the northwest to look at a collection.

2) The equipment is useable or can be reasonably refurbished, not trashed, squashed, or left out to rust. I generally am looking to buy rock saws and cabochon units (not grinders, those are a dime a dozen). I will consider tumblers, flat laps, sanders, polishers, etc. if they come with a saw or cab unit. They generally aren't worth enough for me to buy them separately.

3) The rock is of very good to exceptional quality. If it looks like driveway or yard rock, it probably is. Massive piles of thundereggs, petrified wood, obsidian, jasper, agate, etc. are never all of decent quality. I can spot what's good stuff and junk in pics if you send some decent ones. If you aren't sure what you have, find out if there's a local rock club that is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corp. If you donate the rock to them, you can take a tax write-off for whatever they value the rock at. That's the best option for the majority of people with large collections of self-collected rock.

4) If you are unsure of what you have send pics or a detailed descrption or I probably won't answer. If you're looking to offload everything to one person I'm probably not your guy. I have almost never seen one person buy an entire collection and all the equipment.

5) I cannot pay anywhere near retail prices for equipment or rock. Unless it's something really special I will resell it and I need to make something on it. Don't look at what new equipment is priced at or what the Ebay or Craigslist sellers are asking. I've never seen anoyne get those prices, for new or used equipement, period. Typically well under fifty cents ar a pound is what you can expect for a large collection of rock. Cut the full retail price of equipment by 75% and you're close to what you can reasonably expect to get for it depending on its condition. Keep in mind that just as with new cars, the value of brand new equipment drops 1/4 - 1/3 of the price you paid as soon as you cut the check.

If you made it through all of that then please feel free to email me at the address at the bottom of the page!

 

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NEWS FLASH FOR ROCKHOUNDS: I am now the claims manager for the Mt. Hood Rock Club in Gresham, OR. We have a thunderegg claim in the Ochoco Mountains, OR the "Ochoco Agate Beds". It's on the Forest Service map of the Ochoco National Forest. If you are interested in digging thundereggs on our claim, email me for more information. You are required to obtain permission first (it's a legal Federal Govt. claim so digging is NOT allowed without permission). Also we need you to get back to us after you dig the claim, we need to know the time you spent and how many pounds of thundereggs you dug (for our annual report that we're required to submit to the BLM so we can keep the claim open).

Stuff For Sale

 

MAY 2014 NEW LAPIDARY EQUIPMENT FOR SALE! Rock saws, vibratory laps, tumbler, grinder/sander/polisher, and more! Click Lapidary Equipment below!

 

NEW VERSION JANUARY 2014! OreRockOn Rock Dig Locations DVD VERSION 5.3! 822 collecting area maps! 2,724 waypoints, 36 site writeups, 230 Land Ownership maps, ALL Gem Trails of Washington, Gem Trails of Oregon, and Rockhounding Idaho book locations & maps!

Obsidian Cabochons for Sale

More Cabochons for Sale

Polished Rock Slabs & Specimens for Sale

Polished Agates for Sale

Polished Thundereggs for Sale

Lapidary Rock, Faceting Rough, Fossils, and More for Sale

Obsidian for knappers and obsidian needles for Sale

Lapidary Equipment for Sale NEW LISTINGS May 2014!

Ore-Rock-On Rockhounds' Bookstore

Ore-Rock-On Rockhound and Lapidary Supply Store

Buy GEM TRAILS OF WASHINGTON by OreRockOn DVD owner GARRET ROMAINE

Buy GEM TRAILS OF OREGON by DVD owner GARRET ROMAINE

Buy ROCKHOUNDING IDAHO by DVD owner GARRET ROMAINE

Cool Rock Stuff!

Fluorescent Thundereggs (the coolest thing since microwave ovens)!

Green River Formation Wyoming Fish Fossil Digging

NARG Fossil Whale Skull Search & Rescue

Where Are The Rockhounds At? Cool map of the USA

Advice for Visitors from the Good Folks of Eastern Oregon

Zeolites from NW Oregon and SW Washington

A Photo Tour of the Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona

Some Pics of My Shop, Equipment, & Rock

Gem & Mineral Clubs

MEMORIAL TO ROD ROBINS, BUCHANAN OREGON THUNDEREGGS, 1946-2013

Portland Area & Pacific Northwest Rock and Gem Clubs

Mt. Hood Rock Club Annual Show APRIL 2015 - National Guard Armory 10000 NE 33rd, Portland, OR (date TBA)

NARG North American Research Group Fossil Club Fossil Fest AUGUST 9 2014 @ Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro OR (includes free admission to the museum!)

Portland Regional Gem & Mineral Assoc. Show of Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, and Jewelry October 10-12 2014 @ Washington Co. Fairplex, Hillsboro OR (click here for the flyer)

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