|Great Cutting Makes a Beautiful Cab Possible
Have you ever seen a slab that made you want to find the person who cut it and use power tools on them? (Rhetorical question, of course).
My pet peeve is that when I’m at a show where vendors are selling slabs, they’ll often have a plastic bin of slabs from the same rock. Good so far. Then I look at the slabs and see where they have cut through a vug and then left the beautiful, druzy-lined opening too close to the edge to incorporate it into a cab or cut across it like it was waste.
|What Was He Thinking???
And, sometimes I find a delightful story stone, but the story has been lopped off with a cut crossing a critical story element like a dramatic line or flower. Arrgggh.
LOOKING PAST THE FLAWS
Since attacking a vendor for badly cutting their stones is considered anywhere from assault to attempted murder, that leaves us as lapidaries to come up with a new way to work with the slab—or not. I admit if I see a story stone, whether it’s agate, jasper, or other minerals, and it looks as if it had its story amputated by a blindfolded cutter, I usually put it back in the bin and walk away. The few times I haven’t, I’ve gotten home to my shop and the slab never wants to talk to me. It just sits there, looking at me in defeat. These rarely get used.
Basket of Diamonds
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