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How long does it take to complete a workshop course?
depends on the course you choose, what previous skills and experience
you have, how often you attend, and your ability to learn new skills.
Most courses take around eight sessions to complete.
What safety equipment do I need to supply?
safety equipment needed depends on the activity undertaken. The
supervisor for that activity will advise you of any safety equipment
required. You MUST wear covered in shoes in ALL workshops. It is
recommended that you have a good apron either material or a water proof
material to protect your clothes. In the Lapidary workshop, you will
need a good set of Hearing Protection as noise levels can reach 93/95
Dba when all machinery is in operation. Safety glasses are required to
be worn when using machinery.
Can someone cut and polish some rocks for me or set a gemstone for me?
we are a Not-for-profit Association, members aren’t permitted to use
the club facilities for paid work. Members may use the clubs workshops
to cut and polish their own work.
can I get help on identifying rocks and minerals? I would like to learn
more about rocks and minerals. Do you have any way I can do that?
members are welcome to join our mineral group that meets on the third
Thursday of the month at 7 pm which gives people a chance to learn about
rocks, minerals and fossils. The club has many members willing to share
their knowledge and experience in fossicking, prospecting, mining,
geology, and related disciplines. The club also has one of the best rock
and mineral collections in WA for reference, its own library, and an
extensive network of related resources.
Do The Workshops Operate On Public Holidays?
the club and its workshops aren’t open on public holidays, other
external club activities may still occur. These will be advertised
through the club magazine or email.
Does the club hold school holiday activities for children?
club doesn’t have specific holiday activities for children. However,
the club remains open during school holidays (with the exception of
public holidays and a short break during the Xmas / New Year
Can I buy rocks and minerals from the club?
trading post shop can only sell to members, but we do have a couple of
“Bring and Buy” days each year which are open to the public. There is
also our major exhibition over two weekends in June each year which has
sales to the public. These are all advertised on our Facebook page.
Do you need any licenses or permits to collect rocks & minerals?
Yes. For information regarding prospecting and Miner’s Rights please refer to this website.
How often does the club organise rock hunts?
year the club organises a number of day or weekend trips to locations
near Perth, plus one major trip of approximately two weeks duration to
more distant locations which has been traditional held around June/July
each year. There are other one to two day activities throughout the year
that are advertised on the notice board at the club.
What do the workshop courses involve?
wishing to use the club’s workshops must complete the required course
for that workshop before commencing work on their own material. The
courses teach how to use the workshop facilities safely and the skills
required for working with a particular material. The club supplies all
the material required for each course.
I Have A Rock Collection That I Would Like To Donate To The Club. Would The Club Be Interested In Taking It?
club will gratefully consider any donations of rocks and minerals. Our
donation policy is that two qualified club members would visit to assess
the collection before making a commitment to take it. Please note that
we cannot accept any hazardous materials such as asbestos. Our Curator
will also assess the collection and any pieces that are found of rare or
in better than we have condition will be added to the displays.
Donation of material is always welcome as it helps build our data of
rocks and minerals for the scientific knowledge base within the club for
At what age can my child join the club?
Junior memberships start at 12 years of age.
Can I join the club without doing any workshop courses?
General membership is available but to access the workshops you need to
do the required introductory courses if you wish to use the club’s
lapidary, art metal or glass workshops.
Can I visit the club to see if I’m interested in joining?
Just turn up at any of the workshop times advertised on the website and
the supervisor will give you a tour of the club.
I have a rock collection I want to sell. Does the club buy collections?
Being a volunteer based not-for-profit organisation, the club does not buy rock or mineral collections.
Where are the best places to go fossicking in WA?
As there are legal requirements for fossicking please refer to the Department of Minerals and Petroleum’s website.
best way to learn about fossicking in WA is to participate in the
club’s organized rock hunts. The club organizes trips to many of WA’s
best fossicking locations and manages the necessary access permissions
on behalf participating members. The club can also assist members in
researching and planning their own rock hunts.
Do you need a four wheel drive to go rock hunting?
fossicking locations are accessible via two wheel drive; however, many
can only be reached by four wheel drive. Being a club, members who own
four wheel drive vehicles generally assist those who do not.
How do I go about cutting, polishing, displaying or setting rocks, minerals and gemstones?
our club and we will instruct you in the art of Lapidary, Art Metal,
Beading and Glass. Any member who has completed the prerequisite
workshop courses may use the club’s workshop facilities on the days