Lapidary

Lapidary

Lapidary rough from the olden days, collected during the 1950's and 1960's.  Excellent rough and slab available by custom orders.

Lapidary

Background

  As I share old photos, memories of my childhood come rushing back.  It takes me back to a simpler time before the distractions of modern life, and I'm grateful for the tools that allow me to reminisce.  Being too busy to think about my cultural heritage or origins, I spent my first 12 years in Connecticut attending elementary school, playing Little League baseball, and participating in Indian Guides and Cub Scouts.  Rock-hounding trips were always thrilling adventures, and I vividly remember the smell of our basement while guarding a bucket of quartz and mica.  My mother's family hails from Cork, Ireland, and lives in Middletown, Connecticut.  On my father's side, we proudly trace our lineage to the Wangunk (Algonquin) people from Cromwell, Connecticut.  I first discovered this quarry 25 years ago while hunting for clear quartz to cap doublet opals and facet-cut gemstones for my wife as a gift.  Following years in the restaurant industry, I discovered that lapidary work is a calming and meditative hobby.  The first stone I faceted is a 61-carat natural light yellow canary citrine quartz.   Lapidary

Western Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. 

LapidaryPhoto credit: Mike McCord, "Sedona Memories Cafe" Sedona, Arizona.

  Catherine and I first met 47 years ago while working for Fred Harvey Hospitality at the Grand Canyon. I started as a dishwasher, and Cathy worked as a busgirl. During that long summer, I was promoted to a busboy and later a waiter. We both ended up working as waiters at the El Tovar Hotel. I had taken the summer job as a break from my studies at St. Mary's College, while Cathy intended it as a break from her pursuit of a Critical Care Nursing degree.

Lapidary