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    WONDERSTONE IN THE VERNON HILLS, TOOELE COUNTY, UTAH
    This information is from Christine M. Wilkerson:
    The Vernon Hills wonderstone is a welded-vitric tuff (vitric means glassy) of rhyolitic composition. It is a volcanic rock composed predominantly of volcanic glass particles which have been welded or stuck together by heat and compacted by the weight of overlying material. Alteration of the rock by circulating ground water produced the colorful banding. The maroon and yellow-brown colors are due to the presence of iron oxides.

    Here are a few of the rocks I just received:

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  • #2
    wonderstone is some beautifully colored material Ron but it just gives me the fits
    Wyoming

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    • Ron Kelley
      Ron Kelley commented
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      I do expect a challenge with this material. Is it improved with heat?

    • beatup1354
      beatup1354 commented
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      I don't know Ron i have just tried it raw never had enough of it to heat treat

  • #3
    Assuming you are gonna knap this stuff Ron? If so can't wait to see the finished product. Great looking lithic!
    Near the PA/Ohio state line

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    • Ron Kelley
      Ron Kelley commented
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      Thanks Chris, I do hope to knap it but that will take some time.

  • #4
    Looks like candy. Bet you'll have a point in no time.

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    • Ron Kelley
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      Thanks Knapper, Slab some rock, Trim some preforms, Possibly cook them, And flake away.

  • #5
    Wow that's cool Ron.. ..u really gonna break that? I wanna find a net weight made of that. Pic 5 makes me want eggs over easy!!
    Last edited by redrocks; 01-11-2021, 02:50 PM.
    SW Connecticut

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    • #6
      Well thats some beautiful rock. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
      NW Georgia

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      • #7
        Ridiculous. Liberace's throne couldn't be more gaudy...Nature finally has a slip of taste.
        California

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        • #8
          I've got some of Brett's works of art. I'd be interested in one of those when you are done. Then we can chat on it.
          NW Georgia

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          • Ron Kelley
            Ron Kelley commented
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            Hey Glenn, I will be glad to give you a few points. I'll give you some other cool materials too. It will be a few months before I start knapping this material.

          • SurfaceHunter
            SurfaceHunter commented
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            Maybe we can trade something other than the rock from my area.

        • #9
          This looks beautiful very expensive Delicatessen Delight: purple onion stuffed with lox, capers, bright yellow deli mustard. Please know this is compliment!
          Digging in GA, ‘bout a mile from the Savannah River

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          • #10
            They almost look too pretty to make into points.
            South Dakota

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            • Ron Kelley
              Ron Kelley commented
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              Thanks Gary, I took the pictures with wet rock. They are not nearly as colorful dry.

            • SDhunter
              SDhunter commented
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              Ok, I feel better now. 🙂

          • #11
            When you cook them should the colors be more visible Ron?
            NW Georgia

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            • Ron Kelley
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              Hey Glen, I hope so. I have never tried to knap this material before. I think a little clear mineral oil would make a big difference too.
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