At your disposal
Our supervisors provide guidance to novices and we have material to get you started. Our most valuable resource is the “decades” of experience our members have amassed and are willing and eager to share!
The workshop-clubhouse is divided into three areas described below:
Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The jewelry area is well equipped for the serious or amateur metalsmith, just bring along a few of your personal favorite hand tools and consumable items such as sandpaper and saw blades. Don’t forget your silver and solder as well!
Eight jewelry benches, all equipped with dedicated flex shafts, torches and bench pins, are available. Shared equipment for the jewelry area includes tripods, solder blocks, a pickle pot, an ultrasonic cleaner, mandrels, forming tools, disc cutters and various hand tools. There are also tripoli and rouge buffing machines with buffing compound, however it is recommended that you supply your own wheels.
We are also equipped for scrap metal recovery. Equipment for processing your silver scrap includes a rosebud torch, melting crucibles, various ingot and wire molds, drawplates and a rolling mill.
The lapidary enthusiast will find a comprehensive assortment of equipment Everything required is at your disposal to create facetted gemstones, beautiful cabochons, beads and polished display specimens from rough material.
Three auto-feed slab saws will slab large rocks; 4 trim saws will trim the slabs to your liking.
Nine arbor style cabbing machines, three 8” flat laps and one 18” flat lap will allow you to further shape your trimmed pieces.
Three faceting machines to shape your diamond, or bottom of a green glass bottle, into a beautiful, faceted piece of jewelry to set in a ring in our jewelry area!
The shop also has 2 rotary tumblers, a bead making machine, a hydraulic geode splitter and 2 drill presses.
Social Meeting Area
The social meeting area serves as a conference room, resource centre and social focus of the club; lectures are also held in this area.
There is a nice little collection of mineral specimens and fluorescent minerals. Bring your minerals and check out if they fluoresce.
There is also a small library, which mostly has reference books that must be read at the club. Back issues of the Geminews newsletter are also available. All publications are very interesting and worth reading.
COVID-19 Safety & Hygiene Rules
These COVID-19 related safety and hygiene rules apply to all visitors to the MGMC workshop. They are subject to change and will be in effect until further notice.
YOU ARE NOT ADMISSIBLE:
- If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
Health Quebec requires that all activities be supervised. Our supervisors will assume this role. They have the final say in all issues concerning safety whether or not they are detailed above. Compliance with their instructions is mandatory.
Rules of Good Conduct
- When you arrive at the club, register in the register book provided for this purpose, indicating your name and time of arrival. The register is in the lobby.
- If you don’t know how to use a machine, ask the workshop manager to explain how it works.
- We ask you to use the required safety equipment when using the devices made available to you.
- Work with respect for the other members present and in a good mood.
- Don’t monopolize several machines at once.
- All equipment should be cleaned after use.
- The buckets containing the waste water in the lapidary room must be emptied at the end of the work session.
- Thanks for your help!