Because rocks ain’t gonna cut themselves
Many of the lapidary arts begin with the need to cut the rock into usable sizes. Rock saws are highly variable in both size and lapidary purpose. The two styles of saws most commonly used in the lapidary hobbies are trim saws and slab saws. Trim saws are primarily used to cut small rocks in preparation for tumbling, or trimming flat slabs into jewelry shaped preforms. Slab saws are used to cut slices off of rocks either to use the slice for lapidary or to create a specimen from the now-exposed face of the rock.
Rock Tumbling Articles
Article: Ten Amazing DIY Rock Saw Builds
RTH Members are a cut above the lapidary hobbies. Check out these ten amazing home built rock saws and start planning yours.
Article: Understanding Rock Saws Pt.1 – Trim Saws
Every lapidary shop needs a decent rock saw or three. This part one article will give you a great overview of what you should look for in a good trim saw and why.
Article: Understanding Rock Saws Pt.2 – Slab Saws
It’s no fun hauling home big rocks with no way to cut them. This part two will teach you the basic components of a well built slab saw and help you understand why they are important.
Rock Cutting Forum Topics
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