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The Southern Rockhounds

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published October 14th 2012
The Southern Rockhounds aren't a bunch of musicians with a hankering for Southern rock, instead they're passionate about all things gems, minerals, and, well, rocks. Meeting at the log cabin in Christie Downs, the clubroom offers members a place to improve their skills and enjoy their hobby with things like beadwork, lapidary, silverwork, faceting, and carving.

The various classes held at the Southern Rockhounds are run by a team leader. They're around to give you help and assistance, and you can get some vital tips from them. It's a great chance to learn different skills, and have someone helping you out along the way.

One of the classes is lapidary, which is forming stones, gems, and minerals into decorative items such as jewellery. Your first three lapidary classes are free, and you'll have your stones supplied for you. You'll get to work on the machines to create different shapes and designs. This goes hand in hand with wire wrapping, which can then be used to make your gems, stones, or minerals into jewellery.

To take part in the Southern Rockhounds you have to become a member. There is a once off joining fee of $10, and then annual fees that range from $10 for a junior membership to $30 for a family membership. If you're interested in checking out the club without becoming a member, you can take part in some activities as part of a trial, but without membership you won't be able to use any of the equipment.

The club also offers a shop; you can buy things like the various stones and minerals, settings, and wire wrapping. If you need to purchase any tools you can also get advice from committee members.

On top of all of the activities offered at the log cabin, members can participate in field trips. Sometimes these can result in some interesting finds, and can even involve camping. You'll be kept up to date with all events once you become a member.

Joining the Southern Rockhounds is great way to develop a new hobby for both adults and kids. Children are welcome at Rockhound activities, but they'll need to be supervised, and kids under 9 are unable to use some equipment.

So if you're interested, head down to the club and check it out. You can also keep up to date with club information or future events by becoming a fan of the Southern Rockhounds Facebook page.
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Why? Learn a new hobby that could make you money
When: Activities throughout the week
Phone: 8186 6588.
Where: 17 Gerald Court, Christie Downs
Cost: $10-$30 annually plus a $10 joining fee
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