Lapidary 101 Part 1: How to Use a Slab Saw

In this video I show you the basics for cutting a slice of rock with a slab saw. I’m using an old Highland Park 14″ saw, and cutting a beautiful chunk of chrysocolla/malachite/gem silica.

This is the first step of lapidary, and a necessary process you’ll need to know in order to cut and polish your own cabochons for setting in jewelry. Follow along as I go through the basic knowledge needed to work the machine, along with tips I’ve picked up along the way to most effectively and accurately cut a slab of stone.

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