All workshops are held in the wood workshop (northern-most
building (building number 2 below), north entrance) of the
Rochester School for the Deaf, 1545 St. Paul Street, Rochester,
Mapquest Here. We welcome new members at any workshop
and guests are welcome. The only thing we require is if
you would like to use any equipment that you are a paid member
in good standing.
Saturday Carving Workshops
The Saturday workshop is held from 10:00am to 3:00 pm on the
second Saturday of the month after the general meeting. This
workshop is our stone carving workshop. We teach soapstone carving
to anyone who is interested. We currently have a small supply of
rough soapstone that we will sell (at the price that we paid for it)
to anyone who does not have any, and we do have a collection of
tools that were bought or donated in past years for beginners to
learn with. Use of the grinding equipment on Saturdays is
dependent upon how much maintenance needs to be performed on the
machines...the maintenance takes precedence over cutting stones.
Wednesday Evening Workshops
On Wednesdays we offer our standard workshop where you can
learn anything you want about the lapidary arts, from cutting
cabochons, to faceting stones (limited to 5 people because of the
faceting machines we have), we also can teach you how to set your
stones in a variety of settings, custom settings, wire-wrapping and
more. The workshops cost $2 per evening per person to
cover wear and tear on the equipment. We use all diamond
equipment which can get expensive to repair/replace. There are
4 separate 2 wheel grinding stations with grits from rough to fine.
We also have a polisher with 2 stations as well as 1 Titan and
2 Genie style diamond grinding machines that are available for
use at each workshop. In order to use the Titan/Genie machines, you will
need to read and sign a disclaimer about proper care of these
machines. One of the machines is dedicated to cutting opals or
other delicate stones and the other 2 are for general lapidary
cutting. These machines are expensive to maintain so extra
care is needed when using them.
Workshops begin at 6:30pm and go until 9:00pm. We
will begin the cleanup process earlier than 9pm. If you need to leave early,
please clean up the machines you were working on, even if someone
may use them afterwards...failure to help with the cleanup process
will decrease the life of our equipment, so please give us a hand
and help with the cleanup.
the faceting classes, we are limited to a maximum of 7 students as
we only have 7 faceting machines. Please sign up ahead of time
Dexter Hill. Please leave your name, address and a
good phone number that we can contact you at to reserve the space. In this class you will learn how to take a rough stone and facet it
into a beautiful finished piece that you can then set into some nice
Faceting classes for the 2014-2015 season are set to being
a little later this year, with a date TBD.
There is a one time "lab/equipment" fee of $50 to take the class, and then we charge an additional $4 per class to
cover wear and tear on the equipment.
To get on the waiting list for 2015-2016 season, please contact
Dexter Hill by
These are not new, just thought I'd post them so that everyone is
aware of them. They will also be posted in the workshop. Most of
these are from the club bylaws.
1. You MUST be a current paid member of the Lapidary Club to use the
workshop/equipment. This is so that you are covered by our insurance
policy. If the membership chairman is not present, you may be
required to show your membership card.
2. You MUST ALWAYS wear safety glasses.
3. Please only cab one stone at a time. According to our club
“This Corporation is not formed for profit, and none of its assets
shall be used for the pecuniary gain or profit of any individual who
is or may become a member.”
This means that the equipment may not be used for any member’s
monetary gain. With an increase in popularity of the workshops, we
need to make sure that everyone has a chance to use the equipment.
We understand that you may want to sell a few of your stones, but
know that you should not be making stones in quantity for sale.
4. If you are done with your first stone and want to start a second
stone on the same machine, we ask that you wait at least 5 minutes
to be sure that no one else has been waiting for that machine. If no
one else moves in to use the equipment you may start a second stone.
5. New members, on their first night, can select up to three slabs
as starter practice material, after which they should bring in their
own material. Materials can be easily obtained online through eBay
or other sites, or even at a Gem Show.
6. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to use the powered
equipment. Ages 10-16 are asked to be supervised by a parent or
guardian, or they will be unable to use the machines.
* Failure to follow any of these rules may result in the temporary
loss of your workshop privileges.