The Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society maintains a Lapidary Shop at 3933 North Timon Blvd., on Corpus Christi beach (North Beach, across from Villa Del Sol).  The shop is equipped with slab and trim saws, several cabbing units, polishers, laps and other equipment to cut and polish your stones.  A blasting cabinet is available to assist in preparing your fossil finds.  Use of the facility is made available to the membership for a minor usage fee per hour to cover wear and tear on the equipment and supplies.  The Work Shop Coordinator and individuals who function as monitors/supervisors are all society members who volunteer their time.  They open up the shop and help people with projects or teach how to cut slabs, polish, etc.  A parent or adult sponsor must accompany any minors, and the adult will be held responsible for the child’s behavior.  All users of the shop should read and be familiar with the Shop Rules.

Classes and Instruction

Creating a cabochon

Creating a cabochon

Lessons in the lapidary arts are offered to members at a nominal cost.  Classes are set up when the demand is there for them.  Beginners can be instructed by the shop monitors concerning the safe operation of the equipment and how to cut slabs and make cabochons.  First time shop users must receive instruction or demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency to the shop monitor.

 

 

Hours of Operation

The shop is open on Monday evenings from 3:00 until 8:30.  Someone is often there earlier.

Fee Schedule

Shop use: $2.00 per hour
Cutting rough: No charge at this time for members.
Cab classes: $35.00 per person

Personnel

Mark Wolbrink, Work Shop Coordinator, 361-442-6915

Russell Wheeler, 361-944-7877

Just come on down, visit, and see for yourself what you’ve been missing!

 

The Lapidary Shop view from Timon Blvd.  There are no signs naming the building.

3933 North Timon Blvd. on North Beach

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Lapidary Shop