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Inlay Material #1: Source for Inlay Material in Gilbert, Az.

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 03-13-2016 06:39 PM 1309 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been using turquoise found in the desert here for inlay material and it is fine for flat work where you sand it down to the surface. But, it is very hard on cutting tools in the lathe. John Goodwin from Dead Tree Salvage put me onto a source he uses called Natural Expressions, Inc. in Gilbert,Az.

Fred Thiele, the owner, is a great guy and he has rock from all over the world. He also had lots of different crushed rock for inlay material- both natural and man made. He has turquoise, azurite,coral, chrysicola, and lots of others in powder, fine sand and medium sand form as well as chunks and cabs.

I tried some of the man made turquoise fine sand in my last turning and it cut beautifully and looks great. I would highly recommend his products and his prices are right too!

They do have a sale at the end of Feb each year but I missed it this year

He will ship but he only takes cash or checks.

Their phone number is 480 963 6552
They are located at 13802 Williams Field Rd; Gilbert , Az 85295

Coming from the south on I-10 take exit 175 and go up 87/587 straight to the 202. Take the 202 East to Gilbert Rd. and then north on Gilbert to Williams Field Rd and go right ( east) . They are on the north side of the street in the first block with a Rock Shop sign out front. The addresses are goofy up there because it is 101 across the street???
I hope this is of some use to other Lumberjocks!! If you are in the area, it is a great place to visit!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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Roger

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#1 posted 03-13-2016 07:42 PM

Very interesting Jim. Thnx for sharing this

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#2 posted 03-13-2016 11:48 PM

So this is the man made stuff you were talking about. How much is in one of those packages and what is the price? Jim, we were probably within 10 minutes of this place when we went to see the Cubs at Sloan park in Mesa.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 12:25 AM

“Man Made”?

Isn’t he just taking real turquoise and breaking / grinding it up?
He didn’t make the “turquoise” that was ground up did he?

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 12:36 AM

Do they sell on-line? Or is it strictly a brick and mortal store?

I’m actually happy with the finely crushed turquoise that I use, but I would love to have some other stone powders – red, blue, etc.

Thank you!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 06:35 AM

Prithy, from what is “man-made Turquoise” made, dear Jim, dear Jim? From what is it made?

-- Mark

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 07:39 AM

Jim

Are you in AZ now?

Does it cost per pound or how is the charges done. I am selling my Wooden Roses right now for Mothers day and have had a few orders here and several at another woodworking site to raise funds for the vets.
I am thinking this might be a good thing to get for us.

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 07:07 PM

Hi Dave. It is $15 for 4 oz of the man made stuff and $30 for 4 oz of the real stuff.

Hi Joe. It is made in a lab and different composition from real turquoise found naturally in mines. i like it because it cuts much easier in the lathe than real mineral. He does have the real stuff ground up too!!

Hi Ray. He will ship in the mail but does not have a web site or store. You have to call him for what you want. He has red, blue, green yellow amber, mauve and many other colors of powder and fine and medium sand.

Hi mark. I don’t know what they make from in the lab?? Fred might could tell you!

Hi Arlin. I am still in Az. We’ll be here until the of march. I think he would sell it per pound but you would have to call him on the prices.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Arlin Eastman

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 03:34 PM

Jim

I just seen some turquoise stone that a guy is selling on Ebay for a lot cheaper then that. A friend locally bought some 1” black pipe and put a cap on the end and then used a 2” pipe to put the stone in and then crushed it up. Boy did it work slick and he had from dust to little bits to whatever he wanted.

Here is the link on Ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361394892398?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

She also sells a lot of other semi precious stones also

http://www.ebay.com/sch/gigasuperdeal/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Hope it helps some of you

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 03-16-2016 07:28 PM

Arlin, are you suggesting that those be broken up & ground up so they can be used like Jim is using them?
... how would they Turn on the lathe?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 03-19-2016 04:57 AM

Hi Arlin. I see that all the time at the gem show and have not tried crushing any. I think it is man made also.

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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