The fun hobby that has stood the test of time!
Rubbing rocks together and making them smooth and shiny is as old and natural as the earth, as observed in the glacial, ocean, and river records. Humans learning how to tumble stones to make them shine dates back as far back as ancient India and Egypt.
Skilled lapidary artist or just getting hooked by the hobby, you belong here in our forum community. Ask or answer questions, post photos, or just stick around and learn tips and techniques from the award winning rock tumbling lapidary artists who call the Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum their home.
Rock Tumbling Articles
Rotary Rock Tumbling: Pro-Tips, Tricks and Advice
A six-part series of pro-tips, tricks and advice directly from the RTH Forum community of expert rock tumblers
Article: Rotary and Vibe Comparison
Confused about the differences? Valuable information on the pro’s and con’s of both tumbling methods
Article: Rough Grind in a Vibe?
See what one of the foremost authorities on rock tumbling has to say on the subject
Rock Tumbling Forum Topics
The following is an expanding list of tutorials and instructional rock tumbling threads on the Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum.
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There are many publications that cover the subject of rock tumbling, so knowing which ones are worth your time and money can be challenging. We have created this list of rock tumbling books for you based on our member experiences as well as ratings and feedback on Amazon.
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