The top photo is the hunk of quartz I’m going to carve up for the inestimable Boy Sam, who took me out to see the hallowed Phyllite Pile this weekend. This is the smaller of two pieces that I’m going to clean up with a steel carbide pick and etcher (thanks Fred Meyer 50% off tool sale!). The picture on the bottom is a close-up of some feldspar that showed up on some of the quartz chunks; microcline?

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