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For serious rockhounds, amateur fossil hunters,
gem queens & More!

Located in historic downtown San Juan Bautista, California
209 Third Street, 95045     (831) 623-4441

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Beginning Lapidary

Instructor: Jim Ziegler

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Location & Parking: Classes take place a the Rock Shop, classroom "A". Parking is available on the main streets or behind the Rock Shop, entrance on 4th Street to a large open parking area. Enter up the stairs through the glass door, classroom is on the immediate right. For students in wheelchairs, please enter from the front of the store, classroom is down the hall to the left. Signs will be posted.

Date & Time:
This is a 5 hour class, please check the calendar for available dates and times.

Description: The purpose of the class is to introduce students to the Lapidary Arts by producing an actual displayable or wearable finished product of semi-precious stone.  All tools and material will be provided, including the stone, which the student can take home.

Beginning Lapidary Class is the opportunity to take a turn on the grinding wheels and create something beautiful.  Students will learn how to create a Cabochon.  Using the equipment provided, students will shape, sand and polish a cabochon suitable for mounting and wearing as a pendant, or just displaying.

Jim will describe and demonstrate the process steps, and he will highlight the appropriate equipment and tools to get the best results.  The students will then apply what they have learned to create their own cabochons.  One-on-one guidance and feedback is provided to assure that each student meets with gratifying results.  The students may then elect to turn their cabochon into a pendant with a selection of provided bails.

It is hoped that the class will foster an appreciation of the Lapidary Arts and a desire to continue and learn more.  Lapidary is a rewarding and satisfying lifetime hobby.

Tools & Materials: Provided. Rock Shop class students receive a 25% discount on items purchased being utilized in a class.

Class Size: 6 Maximum, 3 Minimum.

Cost: Classes are $85.00 for one 5 hour class.

Students are required to pay at the time of signing up. Drop-in students are welcome, but must pay cash if class is not offered during regular business hours of 10am to 5pm. Drop-ins can only be accepted if the class student minimum is met and the class is not full. Class fees are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the instructor or the Rock Shop, in which case students have the option of a refund, or the fee can be applied to the same class on another date. Parents or guardians are welcome to accompany a student(s) taking the class at no extra charge. Course waivers will be provided upon sign up or the first day of class.

Sign up at the Rock Shop or call (831) 623-4441.                                   

Instructor: Learning the Lapidary arts can be the key to a relaxing, fulfilling and enjoyable hobby.  Turning a stone into a valued and polished work of art is fun.  Make jewelry to wear or art to display--just use your imagination.  You can learn the lapidary arts for yourself and find out how to embark on this great hobby.

Instructor Jim Ziegler began rockhounding and lapidary at age 5.  Along with his little brother, mother and father, he spent his early years in the garage / lapidary shop learning all the fine techniques.  Now retired from a rewarding engineering career, Jim has devoted most of his waking hours to his hobby.  Things have changed in the many years, but one thing has never changed: there is no bigger thrill than that final turn on the buffing wheel.

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Jim Ziegler

Come and learn how it is done from an instructor who is patient, insightful, informative and entertaining.  You'll benefit from Jim's years of experience and expertise.  Material and machinery are all provided.  Just bring your own open mind and willingness to learn.  Get started in a hobby that could last you a lifetime, too.