In my other life as a motorcycle courier I often pull up at layby’s for a convenience break. I recently did this on a trip down the A1, during my stop I peered into a field and was amazed to see it was literally littered with lumps of agate, some were of a good tumling size, but there were also many other larger pieces in a variety of colours.
Of course, I spent a little longer there and investigated further and was rewarded with a truly magnificent lump of black agate, this should provide a large number of freeforms and cabs and will look beautiful when wrapped in sterling silver wire, so I think the saw will be cranked up later this week when I have some spare time.
I have another courier trip planned for Tuesday which takes me past this location, so I will be leaving quite a bit earlier to go to the pick up point which will allow me more time to to do a bit of rockhounding in this area, so lets see what else this field produces.
Over here in the UK we don’t seem to have the abundance of semi precious stones just laying around like other rockhounds in America enjoy. But when you find an interesting lump of agate, it makes it all the more rewardng when you cut and polish it into a really nice piece.