Do you mean Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper? You can get it on ebay and at a shop in San Jose. The term poppy jasper refers to a great variety of orbicular jaspers. I have a posting in the member photographs section with some of them. Maybe one of them is the jasper you are talking about. Steve
That's what I meant. Morgan Hill jasper. ;D I've seen some really nice looking material lately. But some of that rough is seriously fractured. Is that typical for this jasper? Or is it possible to get some unfractured, stable rough? I've seen plenty of jasper before and wonder why this material is so fractured in the first place.
Steve: There are many forms of poppy jasper generally found wherever there are Franciscan Formation marine cherts outcropping along the west coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. The rock identification section at this site has lots of pics some of us poppy fanciers have posted which can give you some idea of all the varieties (most the pics are in the older pages) There are also isolated locations in the Sierra Nevada foothills and elsewhere. Unfortunately, many of thee coast range Franciscan rock occurs in seismic fault zones and is, therefore, very fractured. The Morgan Hill deposits, though perhaps possessing the most beautiful patterns and colors, are also among the most fractured. Most all the deposits are also on private land and are pretty hunted out too so the price of this gorgeous material is now going pretty sky high. One E-Bay seller is pretty reasonable around $5 per pound but at the last Snyder Ranch Pow Wow I went to here in California, Morgan Hill was going for $5-12 per pound and Hornitos ( the Sierra variety) was $ 12-16 per pound if you could even find it. I personally mine several types and am a great fancier of the poppy varieties and the locations I prospect are all tiny and require hand tools....Mel
Steve- Poppy Jasper is a tough one to get a hold of Unfractured- That is one of the reasons you don't see a lot of tumbled (well except from mel!) stuff- Most of us cab between the fractures- Last I knew Stoner might have some rough he would be willing to sell- PM him and see
I can't tell if thats some Gneiss Schist, or that Schist is Gneiss. All I know is don't take it for Granite
Boy howdy it's fractured. Yesterday I slabbed up about a 4-5 pound chunk of Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and ended up with a bunch of 2-3 inch pieces. Cutting around the fractures is the only way to cab it. I imagine it's tricky to tumble because of grit lodging in the fractures.
But it's nice stuff. The colors and patterns remind me of the 60s and 70s. That is from what I can remember about those times... ;-)
Rick Copeland Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan rockymountainwonders.com
Rick, Yep the fracture in poppy jasper is so frustrating. My buddy actually drops his slabs on soft dirt to make sure they crack "before" cabbing and they can be real blade breakers in the saw too as they like to shatter at bad times. The Sierra Material is more solid but the best stuff has long since been hunted out and even this material, though from a non seismic region, has often been fractured by weathering and metamorphic processes. I prefer not to treat rocks I work but sometimes I like to fill the worst cracks in Morgan Hill material with Hotstuff. It fills pretty well and helps stabilize the stones. One thing we have to admit, boy poppy jasper has beautiful and unusual color combinations and patterns....Mel
Shotgunner: chicken satay and firey cheeto's for dinner. Pics later!
Apr 16, 2014 19:51:10 GMT -5
mr.mohs: you lucky dog!
Apr 16, 2014 20:01:10 GMT -5
150FromFundy: Won't be able to sleep tonight. Rock hounding at sunrise tomorrow. Hoping for a Good Friday.
Apr 17, 2014 19:01:23 GMT -5
mr.mohs: right on fun! I taking Good Friday off too! To rock grind a heart for Heart !
Apr 17, 2014 19:57:41 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Let's hope tomorrow is a really "Good Friday!!" But, ya know, I never met a Friday that wasn't good, lol! Lent is almost over, and soon back to the grind. Next week, no more fish on Friday, yay! You grind some rock'n hearts, mr.mohs, they'll luv 'em!
Apr 17, 2014 21:07:45 GMT -5
mr.mohs: the moon & blood stone is in the grind mode...
Apr 18, 2014 11:52:48 GMT -5
mr.mohs: grindus interruptus!...jus got called into work...no rest for old rock grinders...
Apr 18, 2014 14:15:11 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Dang, I hate it when that happens!! (Why'd ya answer the phone? LOL)
Apr 18, 2014 15:15:51 GMT -5
mr.mohs: usually I don't Jean --I'm impossible to get hold of...its a reduced schedule- jus a bunch old men-- trying hard--got lots done on the heart -- have more grind time--so I might well make a dime... mostly
Apr 18, 2014 15:45:24 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Except for this time! Isn't that how it always goes? Yeah, I hear you, Ed, chasing the dime. But gee, I hope you made more than one... Or maybe just peanuts - mohstly... (it needed an "h"!) Ya got, what, one more week for your Heart hearts?
Apr 18, 2014 18:02:45 GMT -5
mr.mohs: always Jean I have Murphy law posted in my work area-- but I'm in good shape on the hearts...mostly
Apr 18, 2014 19:17:08 GMT -5
mr.mohs: its a good day when I make more than one
Apr 18, 2014 19:19:28 GMT -5
drocknut: Guess what?? Naw you'll never guess. I now am the owner of a new travel trailer and I'm off on my journey to maybe being a full-timer living in the trailer. I've never towed a trailer before so please warn all the pedestrians in Montana I'm on the road.
Apr 18, 2014 20:18:42 GMT -5
drocknut: I just happened to have to wait out a big wind at a KOA so got internet at least for tonight. Miss chatting with you all.
Apr 18, 2014 20:19:50 GMT -5
mr.mohs: sounds great Diane!! trailers for sale or rent....
Apr 18, 2014 20:24:54 GMT -5
mr.mohs: o you may not know that -- I just broke into roger miller tune --cause I'm king of the road
Apr 18, 2014 20:27:57 GMT -5