Lapidary - Stone Carving & Polishing - Cabochons!
A cabochon is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. Learn the basics of creating cabochons including stone selection, proper use of a trim saw, dopping the stone, and grinding/polishing on a cabbing machine. This class enrolls just 4 students so everyone has their own cabbing machine to use. You’ll begin with oval shaped cabs and work toward freeform styles. You may work at your own pace to create lots of beautiful cabochons in this class. You’ll be inspired by our great selection of rough material, much of it donated by our generous instructors, including locally-sourced pieces along with exotic choices. You’ll love the magical transformation the stones go through. No experience required. Repeat students welcome. Materials included in the fee and you keep your creations!
Class open to ages 14 through adult.
Watch this fun short video made in Sawtooth's studio by Lapidary instructor Charles Whicker. You'll see the cabochon in the photo below made from start to finish!
Sawtooth thanks the Forsyth Gem and Mineral Club for their establishment of a scholarship to support students wishing to attend courses in lapidary arts at Sawtooth. The Forsyth Gem and Mineral Club (Paul Burton and Dick Hartz) Lapidary Arts Scholarship is now available. Interested students should apply using the Sawtooth scholarship form online.