Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club

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Sculptures by John Schweighardt

Mr. Schweighardt is a sculptor located in the Lanark Highlands, Ontario. [ More Info ]

OLMC Christmas Party Saturday, Dec 6

It is at the Wabano Aboriginal Centre, 299 Montreal Rd, Vanier. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with Pot Luck dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. There is ample on-street parking in the area plus a parking lot across the road from the Jean Coutu pharmacy at 262 Montreal Rd.
We will have a Mini-Auction, a Rock Raffle – valuable prizes are to be won, see photo, a Poetry Contest and, as always, great food provided by our gourmet chef members. The Wabano Centre will provide us with a superb locale (building was designed by famous aboriginal architect Harold Cardinal) plus coffee and tea. The Club will provide free wine and soft drinks. Some Members may wish to give the Wabano Centre a sample of their jewellery-gem work as a thank you gift.
We won`t have access to a full kitchen - only a microwave, water and electrical outlets, so please plan your pot luck dish accordingly.

Oct. 18 Geoheritage Day

Saturday, October 18th between 10 am and 3pm. The OGGP usually run this event out and about at local rock outcroppings around the city, but this year decided to open up their rock preparation lab to the public. They would like some help with the use of a rock saw (gravity fed saw and trim saw) and polishing laps. If any OLMC members would like to volunteer, it would be really appreciated. Please contact

Nov. 22-23 OVCC Craft Show

The Ottawa Valley Crafts & Collectibles Guild (OVCC) is hosting a Christmas craft show Nov. 22-23, on the main floor of the Library and Archives Canada building on Wellington Street. There will be on sale handcrafted: jewellery, home & garden decor, visual art, children s wear, ceramics, woodworking items, fashion and accessories, folk art, body care products and glass art, and more. Several of the artists are OLMC members.
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Activities for Children

There were several inquiries at the Gem Show regarding activities for children. Here are some recommendations:
  • Macoun Field Club is for children and youth aged 8 to 18. It has been bring children into first-hand contact with nature with people long dedicated to its study. It is sponsored by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. Contact the club by phone at 613-623-8123 or by e-mail.
  • Eastern Ontario Natural History Society supports education on diverse topics in the natural science with a specific focus on deep time, the history of life and natural sciences. The Society has a speakers series, freeform meetings, and field trips for varying levels of expertise from beginner to intermediate.
  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project promotes greater public knowledge and appreciation of the geology and related landscapes in and around Canada's National Capital Region. The host self-guided field trips of the Ottawa area.

Museum of Nature Walking Tour

There will be a walking tour of the mineral collection at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Contact the OLMC Program Chair if you would like to attend.

November 7-9 Montreal Gem Show

More than 100 dealers will display their wares at the 55th Annual Gem and Minteral Show at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. Fossils, jewellery, beads, carvings and more. [ More Info ]

October 18 Geoheritage Day

Carleton University Department of Earth Sciences is hosting its annual Geoheritage Day on Saturday October 18, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is part of National Science and Technology Week. At local parks and green spaces, Volunteers from Carleton University’s Department of Earth Sciences and the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project will be on hand to explain what there is to see and how each site fits into the local geological history. [ More Info ]

2014 Gem Show Prep - Volunteers Needed

Volunteering: Volunteer sign up sheets are posted on the door of the workshop. The Gem Show is what keeps the workshop running, and it depends on the great work done by many volunteers. Please help the club by offering your time at the show. Even a small contribution can have a big impact. -- Eric Clara, 2014 Gem Show Chair
Volunteers are also needed to help with setup on Friday afternoon and takedown on Sunday evening. The more people the better, and every year it has been taking less and less time. All help is appreciated.

Display Cases: OLMC members, do you have stones or crafts or information about a rock hounding trip that you would like to show to the public? Please contact Karl Schutt or myself about getting a display case set up at the show.

Bancroft Trip July 31

Gisele Gobeil is organizing a trip to the Bancroft Gemboree on July 31. This is a fantastic show, and if that is not enough, there are also several areas for rockhounding. If you are interested in joining on a group trip, please contact Gisele.

Reduced Workshop Hours in Summer

The workshop will not be open Friday evenings, unless there is a special request. There will be no meetings until September. The workshop will not be open July 1. Have a great summer, everyone.

Perthite Rockhounding Sunday, June 22

Frank Stoyles is organizing a trip to a perthite site near the Rideau Ferry. Any OLMC member is welcome. The location has limited space, so people must take turns getting material. There is a great amount of top quality material to be found and it is right at the side of the road. If each person takes only a half kilogram or so of material, everyone should get enough to cut some nice stones. If the Silver Queen Mine tour is operating that day, this turn-of-the-century mica mine would provide an educational side trip. The mine is a few kilometres from the perthite site.
The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the All Saints Lutheran Church (corner of the Queensway and Pinecrest Avenue). If you miss this meeting point, the caravan will be stopping at the Tim Horton's in Smiths Falls around 10:00 a.m. The site is just past Glenn Drive on Elm Grove Road in Perth. Bring gloves, a hat, sturdy shoes or boots, and it is recommended to bring a chisel, a hammer, and some lunch.

Beryl Pit Trip Sunday, June 15

Frank Stoyles will lead a rockhounding trip to the Beryl Pit at Quadeville, on Sunday, June 15. The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the All Saints Lutheran Church (corner of the Queensway and Pinecrest Avenue). Minimum equipment and safety clothing is required. Bring a hammer, a bucket or cloth bag for specimens, sturdy gloves and sturdy shoes or boots. Don't forget a hat, sunscreen, bug replellent, and water in case it is a hot day. If you do not have your own transportation, someone else is likely to have room in the car.

New Courses at the Workshop

Karl Schutt and Lucie Desjardins are hosting a series of silversmith and metal clay courses this summer at the workshop. This is an opportunity to learn some new techniques. Please refer to the course listings posted in the workshop.
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Gem Show Call for Volunteers

September 20 is fast approaching, and the OLMC requests your help to make this year's Gem Show better than ever. Volunteers make the Gem Show possible, and the club depends on revenue from the Gem Show to keep the workshop open. There are lots of ways for someone to help -- touring the show area for security, helping out at the admissions desk and the demonstration tables, and especially helping to set up the furniture on the Friday before, and box it up on Sunday night. Every little bit helps.
If you would like to help out in a specific area, please contact Eric Clara or Nathalie Bourget at any time. Also, watch for the volunteers meeting, which will be the club's general meeting in September. I hope to see you there.
-- Eric Clara, Gem Show chair

June Auction

The next general meeting on June 12, will be the second club auction for the year. These auctions are an excellent chance to purchase new material or even machinery. Of course, there is also the chance to talk with your fellow members. Please join us at the workshop for what is sure to be an exciting event.

Upcoming Gem and Mineral Shows

Summer approaches, and that means road trips to the various rock and mineral shows around the region.
More events are listed on the CCFMS web site.

Executive Committee Appoints Chairs

On Thursday, April 24, the OLMC Executive Committee appointed the following nominees:
  • Workshop Chair: Jean-Guy Bradette
  • Membership Chair: Nathalie Bourget
  • Newsletter Editor: Vemo Ho
  • Presentations Chair: Russell Black
  • Gem Show Chair: Eric Clara and Nathalie Bourget

Results of the AGM

On Thursday, April 10, the club membership elected a largely new Executive Committee. Please welcome President Kerry Day, Vice-President Arnold Roos, Treasurer Rita Hudec and Secretary John Skelton. The Executive will soon appoint members for other club functions, so please put your name forward if you are interested in Presentations, Gem Show, Newsletter Editor, Membership or Workshop.
Ovations were given to the resigning committee members: Russ Black (ex-President), Karen Lochhead (ex-Vice President), Eric Clara (ex-Secretary), and also Rita Hudec.

Annual General Meeting and Rock Swap April 10

The next meeting at the workshop is the annual general meeting (AGM) of the OLMC. This is your chance to vote on nominees for positions on the Executive Committee. Also, the current chairs of the various club functions will present reports on activities done over the last year. All club members are encouraged to attend.
After the AGM, there will be a rock swap. Maybe you have some peristerite that you will never use. Maybe someone would trade you some amethyst for it. This is a chance to obtain new material quickly, and also to find a good home for any surplus stone.

OLMC Financial Statements at the Workshop

In preparation for the Annual General Meeting in April, copies of the OLMC financial statements are available at the workshop. Every club member has a right to view the statements. Please feel free to take one.

General Meeting: Presenting Your Work

Show your work! This month's presentation will be a slide show of club members' works. Take a photo, write a short description, and e-mail it to Kerry Day this week. Works in progress are more than welcome, also.

Metal Clays Basics, Feb. 23

Lucie Desjardins will teach the Metal Clays Basics in February-March 2014, with three clays: Hadar Jacobson clays-QuickfireBronze, Quick-fire Copper and Low shrinkage Steel. Club members will pay $105, plus shop fees for the three days. A supply kit of clays is included, but attendees are free to purchase their own.
The course would be taught on Feb 23 and March 2 & 9, from 12pm-4pm, if at least 6 people sign up; otherwise it will be re-scheduled for later in March. If you are interested to sign up, or would like to get more detailed information, please email Lucie at luciemdesjardins at

February Presentation: Jeffrey de Fourestier

Jeffrey de Fourestier, the author of Glossary of Mineral Synonyms will be the guest speaker at the February club meeting. Jeffrey will be talking about his collecting experiences along Highway 5, just across the river.

Lithic Workshop and Knapping Demonstration, February 20

Bradley Drouin is a Senior Archeologist for Golder Associates, Inc. Mr. Drouin has been with the company for close to 8 years, in Ottawa, as well as Edmonton, London, Ontario, and Melbourne, Australia. He acted as Permit holding and Professionally Licensed Archaeologist in Alberta and Ontario as well as Project Archaeologist in Australia. Starting in 2000, he spent a few summers working with Heritage Quest and Past Recovery Archaeology in the Ottawa area.
Mr. Drouin graduated from Memorial University in Newfoundland with a B.A. in archaeology, and from the University of Alberta with a M.A. in mortuary archaeology. He has been flintknapping on and off since about 2002. In the last five years, he has performed a large number of demonstrations for archaeological and lapidary organizations as well as for Scouts and other interested groups.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 5H9
(Parking off Cumberland Ave, just North of St. Patrick)
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OLMC Executive Committee Positions open

Would you like to be more involved in decisions about the club? The Annual General Meeting will happen in a few months, which is a chance to put your name forward for election to the committee. The Executive Committee makes decisions about special club projects, budgets and on-going activities, and is also the source of some lively discussions. They also appoint the club chairs for various club functions, such as the Workshop Chairperson. This is a wonderful opportunity to get more involved with the club and make sure it continues to provide good experiences for its members. Please, do not hesitate to ask any committee member about what kind of work is involved for a particular position.

OLMC January Auction Jan. 9

Come one, come all! It's the annual OLMC January auction. Club members must sign in to obtain a bidding paddle, then try to out-bid each other. There is always something good -- minerals, crystals, slabs, finished stones, and sometimes machinery.
The auction will be held during the general meeting Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.

A Chance to Explore

Start planning your summer rockhounding now! Some information about digging sites around the Ontario Highlands was provided by the area tourism agency. If you are interested in going rockhounding on your own, or would like to help organize an exporatory trip, please browse through the links for more information. All that is asked by OHTO is that you make a reasonable effort to determine if the site is publicly accessible, how to get to it, and how enjoyable it was.
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