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Watch Out Quartzite – Here We Come

Watch Out Quartzite – Here We Come

Well ya had to know that if there’s a going to be a huge rock and gem jamboree going on that someone from RSH1 would cut loose and invade the place. Some of us aren’t happy going and browsing, either. They have to haul trailers of rock down and put up their own booths.

Then there’s Tony Funk (RHS1 member catmandewe). He doesn’t just put up his own booth – he stakes territory!


What the heck is Tony going to do with that much space? I had to ask, of course.  I got  a big answer:

I have several tons of rough, thousands of slabs, and quite a bit of

used equipment. I am also a Diamond Pacific dealer and can get customers a decent discount on equipment or material from Diamond Pacific which is right next door.

New stuff this year is a fresh batch of Amethyst Sage dendritic agate, a large Oregon Opal Butte thunderegg that was just split open with some killer opal in it, Sugilite from the Calahari Desert, some old stock Needles blue, Bruneau jasper, Morrisonite jasper, Davis Creek sheen obsidian, and much more.

Not only is the rock going to be spectacular – it looks like he’s planning on some live action while he’s there, too.


If you want to get in on some of the action down there, here’s Tony’s show address for you.

Desert Gardens Gem and Mineral show in spaces A22/B22 in the front row right next to theDiamond Pacific building.


Mike Quinn (RHS1 member MikeyRocks) is also going to be part of the show there and has staked ground at:

D-17-18 in Desert Gardens.

We haven’t heard hide nor hair from Mikey since he started getting his excrement coagulated…I mean…um…..getting his stock ready for the show, so hope we’ll get some pics from Mike before everyone heads down to Quartzite to see what deals they can grab.

Don’t be surprised if you just happen to run into a few of the other members from RHS1 hanging around the place, too.

The more the merrier – drop by and say hi to a few of our favorite guys at RHS1 while you’re at the show.  They are extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.  It won’t take you very long to find out why we love em so much!

We’ve also found out that Diane (RHS1 member Drocknut) will also be visiting the guys there, so would like to put out a public service request to please keep your trees leashed at all times.


Meet the RHS1 Members: Quartzite Rock and Gem Show Vendors

Meet the RHS1 Members: Quartzite Rock and Gem Show Vendors

If you’ve been keeping up with the RHS1 forum, you’re pretty much familiar with the consensus that our members are just loads of fun and chocked full of great info.  Well, we are.  We just really are.

It’s not always easy for people to get to our meetups to share in the revelry, though.   So…….

I thought you might like to know of a few RHS1 members that have booths at the Quartzite Rock and Gem show this year, so if you’re headed in that direction and have always wanted to meet some of the RHS1 forum members live and personal – now is your chance.

Tony Funk (RHS1 member catmandewe) not only entertains us with his wit and hilarious antics, he’s also a treasure chest of information about everything from rock ID and hunting to lapidary arts.  I know when I have questions, Tony is my favorite go-to guy in the pack. You can meet Tony live and personal with a good size portion of his tons (literally) of great rocks at Quartzite.

Tony’s location at the show is:

Desert Gardens AB22

right next to the Desert Gardens building.

He’s supplied me a pic of his space so you’ll know what you’re looking for:

Tony's (RHS1 member: catmandewe) display.

Another member we have at the show this year is Mike Quinn (RHS1 member MikeyRocks).  Mike’s a terrific guy with a great sense of humor and a head full of knowledge about rock and lapidary he’s just waiting to spill.   He’s also got some pretty impressive piles of rock and supplies for ya this year.  Mike’s been away from the forum trying to catch up on a lot of life before the show so I don’t have a pic for you at this time – but I’ve got his location there.

Mike’s  is running 2 booths, one  at Desert Gardens: space H14

and one over by Rice Ranch which is more of a working booth.

Of course, while you are hanging out with these two – don’t forget that there may just be other RHS1 members hanging around with them as well that you might be able to entice to head out on a hunt with while you are there!

I’ll update this notice if anyone has information or pics for me to add.

NJ Rockhounds Got a Specimen You Can’t Identify?

NJ Rockhounds Got a Specimen You Can’t Identify?


If you have a puzzling specimen sitting on the shelf that you just can’t identify or have other questions about mineral identification, you really don’t want to miss the 42nd annual open house at The Geology Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on January 30th.

At the open house people can have their own samples professionally examined.  There will also be a mineral sale for those looking to add some great material to their own collections, as well as hands-on geology activities for children.

Along with the rock and mineral identification program, earth science presentations include:

Earthquake Detection for the Citizen Seismologist 3:00 pm

Madagascar’s Buried Treasure: Dinosaur and other Vertabrate Fossils from the Land that Time Forgot 2:00 pm

Paleoclimatic Framework of Human Evolution: Examples from Olduvia Gorge 11:00 am

Monitoring our Ocean Planet: The Scarlet Knights Trans-Atlantic Challenge 10:00 am

Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Geology Museum at Rutgers

The State University of New Jersey

Scott Hall

43 College Avenue

New Brunswick presentations in room 123

mineral sale in room 135

hands-on children’s activities in room 115.

Additional presentations in Geology Hall

85 Somerset Street

New Brunswick

rock and mineral identification, children’s activities in Geology Museum, 2nd floor