Lapidary Shop 

The Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society maintains a Lapidary Shop at 3933 North Timon Blvd., on Corpus Christi beach (North Beach, across from Villa Del Sol).  The shop is equipped with slab and trim saws, several cabbing units, polishers, laps and other equipment to cut and polish your stones.  A blasting cabinet is available to assist in preparing your fossil finds.  Use of the facility is made available to the membership for a minor usage fee per hour to cover wear and tear on the equipment and supplies.  The Work Shop Coordinator and individuals who function as monitors/supervisors are all society members who volunteer their time.  They open up the shop and help people with projects or teach how to cut slabs, polish, etc.  A parent or adult sponsor must accompany any minors, and the adult will be held responsible for the child's behavior.


Classes and Instruction

Lessons in the lapidary arts are offered to members at a nominal cost.  Classes are set up when the demand is there for them.  Beginners can be instructed by the shop monitors concerning the safe operation of the equipment and how to cut slabs and make cabochons.  First time shop users must receive instruction or demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency to the shop monitor.

Hours of Operation

The shop is open for member use on Monday afternoons or by appointment.  If you would like to use the lapidary shop, please email one of the individuals listed.  They will arrange to open the shop at a mutually agreeable time.

Weekdays: Monday 4pm-8pm, Other weekday hours are sometimes possible email if you are interested.

Weekends: We sometimes open on Saturday mornings or can sometimes find someone to help you with weekend hours.


Fee Schedule
Shop use: $2.00 per hour
Cab classes: $35.00 per person


John Weis, Work Shop Coordinator,

Russell Wheeler, 

Just come on down, visit, and see for yourself what you've been missing!

Pictures of our Lapidary Shop


Kiwanis Recreation Center
3933 N. Timon Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
(across from Villa Del Sol)

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