SOME HISTORIC DETAILS
Epoch I of my mineral and lapidary career began in1960 when my brother-in-law, visited me in River Falls, WI and said, “Hey Wayne, I read that they have Lake Superior agates around here. Let’s look for some.” So we looked the next day, it was a warm October afternoon, in a dry wash about 10 miles from where I lived. One of the first Lakers I found was a smallish 1 ½ inch oval that was flawless and had the classic red and white banding with a little red flame in the center; I still have that agate. This led to me joining several WI and MN rock clubs. One evening while examining a Laker cabochon that I had cut for a ring I discovered arborescent copper crystal growths on the white chalcedony layers. This led to an article in the Lapidary Journal and was the beginning of my multiple publications in rock and mineral magazines.
Epoch II began in the late 1960s. Returning to graduate school at Washington State University led me on numerous outings to collect star garnets (almandine) from Emerald Creek, Idaho and later, faceting quality garnets from St. Mary’s Idaho. Also, there were opportunities to collect Priday and Carey Plume agate along with old blue Biggs Jasper using tghe famous "silver pick."
Epoch III began in the 1970s and my “rediscovery” of Copper Country on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and its datolite nodules, copper, silver and many associated minerals. That led to studying and writing articles about datolite based on my growing collection of the colorful nodules.
Moving to Virginia in the late 1980s began Epoch IV along with the realization there was very little lapidary material in the area. However, at a Northern Virginia Mineral Club auction I discovered there were exquisite, water-clear crystals of datolite found in the trap rock quarries…only 20 miles away in Loudon Co., VA. That led to a collecting of datolite crystals from worldwide sources and writing about them.
During all of these “Epochs” I joined local gem and mineral clubs and served as an officer or bulletin editor. Sometime in 2003 I became the Assistant Director of EFMLS-Wildacres and after the June 2004 session, Director, which responsibility continued through 09/30/08. During 2006 I took a one-year leave of absence to serve as President of the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. This was preceded by serving as President in 2006, 1 VP in 2005, and 2 VP of the EFMLS in 2004
Midway through 2010 I began the "deacessioning" of my collection. This website is part of that process.
WE PLAN TO PROVIDE SERVICE, INFORMATIVE PUBLICATIONS, COLLECTOR QUALITY SPECIMENS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. SOON WE WILL ADD "U-BUY". We will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
WE'LL BEGIN WITH MICHIGAN DATOLITE, DATOLITE CRYSTALS, LAKE SUPERIOR AGATE, PRIDAY AND CAREY PLUME AGATE, OLD BLUE BIGGS JASPER, etc. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.