Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Del Air Rockhounds Club Welcomes You!!

The Del Air Rockhounds Club was founded in 1954 with members mostly residing in the San Fernando Valley area of California. Our club is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of the lapidary arts and techniques, geology, mineralogy and related fields. We own our own lapidary equipment with members available to teach and demonstrate lapidary techniques to other members. Our members enjoy lapidary related programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, displays and lectures. We also take monthly field trips to our local deserts & mountains for exploration and the study and collection of lapidary and mineral specimens.

Member of the California & American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7618, Van Nuys, CA 91409 

May 2024 Del Air Calendar of Events

Thursday May 2: General Meeting  7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at NUMC

Sunday May 5: Cinco de Mayo

Thursday May 9: Board Meeting

Sunday May 12: Mother's Day

Thursday May 16: Patrick Henry Middle School STEM Night

Saturday May 18: Annual Wrightwood Potluck & Field Trip

Friday, Saturday, Sunday May 24-26: AFMS/CFMS/VGMS Show

Monday May 27: Memorial Day


May's General Meeting Program: 'Southern California Tourmalines'                                                Presented by Walt Lombardo

Come join us at our May general meeting where Walt Lombardo will be discussing Southern California Tourmalines. Walt is a geologist with over 35 years experience related to mining and mineral exploration. For 16 years, he managed the Las Vegas Office for the Nevada Division of Minerals. He has also worked for Desert Research Institute (part of the University of Nevada system) and served as a consultant for several mining and exploration companies.  Walt has lectured nationwide on topics relating to geology, mineralogy, gemology, mineral resources and mining fraud. 

Nevada Mineral & Book Company (NMBC) was established in 1985, when Walt started selling mineral specimens and out-of-print publications at gem & mineral shows and through mail order. In 1989 he acquired the inventory of the Mineralogical Record Book Department, and incorporated in-print books and journals into his offerings. Over the past 30 years, we have evolved to offer the researcher, educator and collector a wide variety of publications and specimens in a "one-stop" shopping environment. In 2001 we opened our first retail location in Henderson, Nevada. In August, 2009 we relocated and opened our new store and gallery at 342 S. Tustin St. Orange, CA 92866. They offer a wide variety of new, used and out-of-print publications, as well as mineral and fossil specimens, lapidary and decorator items, and mining stock certificates and other ephemera. They have one of the largest inventories of earth science-related publications in North America, so plan on staying a while if you come to visit his store. You will not be disappointed.


Report on Del Air Shop Day - Sat. April 13:             

On Saturday, April 13th we had our Spring workshop.  Four members attended; Dan Farber, Kyle Morris, Steven and Coriolis Koch. We had a successful day, prior to the rain. We used both grinding and polishing units, the 18 inch and 10 inch saws, the flat lap and the drill press.  We cut and polished a variety of stones. We encourage ALL members to take part in these shop days. Our next shop day will be sometime in July, August or September. Keep an eye on your upcoming monthly bulletins for more details.


Club Display Case @ AFMS/CFMS/VGMS Annual Show in May: 

The Del Air club will be installing a display case at the annual show and convention at the Ventura Fairgrounds May 24th thru the 26th. It will be a non competitive entry showcasing our club and the lapidary items we have created at our various shop days, wire wrapping and chain-mail classes, etc. We are asking all members to loan a lapidary item or two that you created, cut, polished or assembled while a member of the club to the board for possible inclusion in the case. We are looking for 12 to 14 items for inclusion in the case depending on size. It could be a polished specimen, a jewelry item or any type of rock related handicraft.  Please bring your loan items to our May 2024 meeting labeled with a brief explanation of the item and your name & phone number. All items will be returned to members at our June meeting. This is great exposure for our club to AFMS/CFMS members from around our state and the entire country.


Agatized Coral - Tampa Bay, Florida:

The photos above are of the world famous Tampa Bay Agatized Coral. They are from an ancient coral bed that encompassed much of the state of Florida approximately 38 to 40 million years ago when Florida was underwater. I acquired this specimen at a rock sale held by my Florida rock club, The Withlacoochee Rockhounds of Hernando, Florida. It measures 7 inches from left to right and 2 ¾ inches from top to bottom. Specimens of this size and quality go for upwards of $85 or more on eBay but I was able to snatch up this beauty for only $20. A steal of a bargain, for sure!