Hand2MouthMining

Hand-2-Mouth Mining - Purveyors of California Gem Rock

Fresno, California · 4 Sales

Hand2MouthMining

Hand-2-Mouth Mining - Purveyors of California Gem Rock

Fresno, California 4 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Hand-2-Mouth Mining - Purveyors of California Gem Rock

Hand-2-Mouth Mining came into being in the Spring of 2011, shortly after I met Al at the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society.

I was serving as Society President. Al was a new member, and a new lapidary/rockhound. He'd attended my field trips, and was enthusiastic about learning everything!

I'd been a rockhound since age 4, a gem cutter (lapidary) since 1979, and was ready to "go pro!"

Needing a traveling partner/business partner, Al decided to team up with me. Our first big adventure was mining at Davis Creek, in the Modoc National Forest. Even with snow still on the ground and no way to get better than a few chunks, we fell in love with mining that world-class gem obsidian.

We've expanded our surface collecting operations to harvest unwanted rock from ranch & farm operations in the Panoche Hills of Fresno County, CA. We're now happy to provide many different types of gem rock to the lapidary and knapping communities.
Our services include custom lapping of geodes for collectors, custom gem cutting and sales. We're even working (slowly!) on our own low cost, easy to maintain lapidary equipment.

And the "Hand-2-Mouth" name?

That simply rolled into my head one afternoon while I was cleaning up at the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society workshop, after a satisfying shop session.
I was wondering how we'd possibly afford the whole mining thing in the middle of a recession, and thought "Well, isn't mining ALWAYS a hand-to-mouth proposition?"

The little light bulb went on over my head, and our name was born!

Be sure to check out our websites, and don't be afraid to email us with your questions.

Best regards,
Kris Rowe

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  • Kris Rowe & Al Fries

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    Founded in the Spring of 2011, Hand-2-Mouth Mining has a large inventory of California Gem Rock. We specialize in Davis Creek sheen, rainbow & patterned obsidian, and "green" mine the gem rocks of the Panoche Hills of Central California.

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