Posting with a tad of trepidation here, as I am quite the
beginner, and only tapped in, trying to find info on post I had
seen, on unit called, Rock's Little Honey. Just aquired one also,
looking for info and to share info on suppliers I have found.
Inherited a few buckets of slabbed Stone Canyon Jasper, trying to
teach myself something new, got the Honey unit as a function of all
this. Timid voice in the background here, any info welcome!
The Little Honey is still being made by Maxant Industries, PO Box
454, Ayer, MA 01432. Phone number is 978-772-0756. They have a
with limited at www.maxantindustries.com.
They haven't changed the design. The only differences I can spot are
the different logo on the case and shroud and the location of the
power switch. All of the parts in the catalog they sent me look like
they should fit just fine. Pretty much everything on the machine is
industry standard, in any case, so replacement parts don't look to be
an issue. It's a nice, portable addition to the old Star Diamond
behemoth that I taught myself on.
For pretty decent beginner self-teaching for lapidary, I can
recommend Introduction to Lapidary by Pansy Kraus
I buy my rough at the occasional rock and gem show, and from Kingsley
North (whose prices are decent enough that I feel free to experiment
with the less expensive lower grade rough that they sell cheap).
I did a lot of my initial practice on some dark green boulder jade
that I got a pile of for very cheap. It's a tough, fairly forgiving
material to learn on. I'm still getting there. My pieces are
presentable, but nowhere near pro quality, yet.
Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL