Gem guru has Dunn it again

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RON Dunn might have to fork out for a new tro­phy cabi­net.

Af­ter win­ning seven of the tro­phies for over­all lap­idary ex­cel­lence in eight years, it was no sur­prise he took the ti­tle out again at the Cen­tral Queens­land Gem Show, on his home turf.

“It was ex­cit­ing I could pull the prize out of such a large group,” he said.

“What was one of the most ex­cit­ing things though was fi­nally fin­ish­ing all my pieces af­ter work­ing hard on them for the past year.”

It’s this work­man­ship, pa­tience and per­sis­tence, Mr Dunn said, that were his se­crets to suc­cess.

He used to travel all over Cen­tral Queens­land fos­sick­ing for stones, but now he only goes about once a year.

And when he does, he makes sure he brings back an almighty haul.

He be­gins the lap­idary work by cut­ting the stone into sheets, and mark­ing out the cabo­chon size with a tem­plate.

He then uses a trim saw to cut out the shape.

“From there it’s a lot of work with the grind­ing wheel to per­fect the shape, and then sand­ing and pol­ish­ing can take days,” he said.

It takes about four of his Satur­day lessons to get the pieces com­pe­ti­tion ready, be­fore they are sent away to be judged be­fore the event.

It’s a never-end­ing cy­cle for the lap­idary cham­pion; he will soon start get­ting ready for next year’s Cen­tral Queens­land Gem Show in Glad­stone.

“You only get 12 months to get ev­ery­thing done. It’s not a lot of time,” he said.

“But I’m very happy with the event here in Monto.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

ALL SMILES: Monto's Ron Dunn and his wife Thelma are very pleased at his show suc­cess.

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