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An overview of some of the tools and stones
Lapidary is the art of cutting gems and cutting, engraving, carving, and polishing rock. It has been around in some form since prehistory. Today, I’d like to discuss some the various tool and a few of the stone types that you may encounter or work with if you acquire this hobby.
Rock Saw: A rock saw is a saw that holds a diamond or silica carbon blade and is used to cut rock. It runs through a reservoir of oil or water in order to keep the blade cool, and help lubricate the path that you are cutting. They come in many different sizes.
Lapping Machine: A lapping machine is used to sand or polish smooth surfaced rock. These machines are great for flat work or cabochon making. Just like the majority of machines used to work rock, the lapping machines must have a