Gem guru has Dunn it again
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.”
ALL SMILES: Monto's Ron Dunn and his wife Thelma are very pleased at his show success.