Pictures from the 2011 Rock Show held at the Timberline Gym
Machine Faceting gemstones
Gordon Billings, long time member and hand faceter
Bob & De Morgan
What is Suiseki
Suiseki (Sui = water, Seki = stone) is the study and enjoyment of naturally formed stones as objects of beauty. The art of Suiseki involves the collection, preparation and appreciation of unaltered naturally formed stones. These stones are found in mountain streams, on windblown deserts, along ocean beaches - anywhere that nature may have deposited or shaped them. They are chosen to represent part of a scene in nature, Mountains, waterfalls, caves, or they may represent objects, men animals, boats, huts, or they may just be uniquely patterned, Japanese chrysanthemum stones are probably the best known example of these.
Suiseki are often seen at Bonsai shows either to compliment a Bonsai on show, or
as a separate display in themselves. In recent years appreciation for Suiseki
and Chinese Scholars Stones has spread far beyond Asia and collectors are active
in many countries, and exhibits are held in cities throughout the world.
Kid's corner - making rock creatures
New this year was the gold panning free for kids 12 and under
The weather was perfect for this outdoor event
The gold panning was enjoyed by all ages
One of our young members working on a stone
Ask an expert was also a popular event
Lots of beads to choose from
Ron McBurney's display of art rocks
The fluorescence stone display is fascinating
The Palaeontology Society from Courtenay was there with their interesting displays
The Show had lots to offer everyone
Plus great food!