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Bulletin 2021-11-01

Workshop Remains Closed

Holiday Auction November 15 to December 12 - anyone can bid on these items: rough, slabs, cabochons, jewellery and tools
You will find the auction at this link. Please come take a look and happy bidding.


This auction will have rough, slabs, cabochons and jewellery. One new thing is that club members wishing to put in consignment items can have up to five auction items and up to five "buy it now" items.
Items can be picked up at a designated address. If you want your items shipped, then you must send the club $20 first, plus all of the details of the shipment.

Under club rules for auction consignments, the club member sets the minimum bid and keeps 80% of the proceeds. There will be a maximum of 5 lots/club member. You can bunch items together to form one lot. They must be delivered to a designated address (sent to club members by e-mail), and will be stored in a secure area.
For more information, contact auctions@olmc.ca.

The OLMC has started a GoFundMe page. Our goal is $35,000, which on top of our current balance will buy us enough rent to get to the 2022 Sportsplex show. Will there be a 2021 show? It doesn't look good!

History of the Club

The Ottawa Lapsmith Club was founded as a small interest group in 1966. The club incorporated in 1997 and amalgamated with the Ottawa Valley Mineral Association to form the Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club, thus expanding its field of interest to minerology as well as the many facets of lapidary work. Our club also organises an Annual Gem & Mineral Show in September each year, and it is always a big hit with local residents and rockhounds alike. New members are welcome to join at anytime. Any questions? Feel free to contact us with your questions and we will do our best to answer to your fullest satisfaction.


About the Club

Normally, our club maintains a well-equipped workshop in Ottawa. The workshop is used for meetings, courses, and as a place where members can work independently during supervised workshop hours. The machinery available includes saws, flat laps, silicon carbide and diamond wheel grinders, faceting machines, silversmith tools and tumblers. A small Newsletter is free to members. From time to time, there are demonstrations, field trips and other special activities. Collectively, our members have a wealth of talent and knowledge, which they are always willing to share with beginners and advanced users alike. Club members 14 years old or older can use machines. It is recommended that new members take the club course on cabochon making and safety from one of two official instructors, or demonstrate expertise from an equivalent course of study. Meetings are held in the workshop. We welcome everyone with an interest in mineralogy, jewellery or gemstones.