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Polish Rock with Master Stone Finisher

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Polish Rock with Master Stone Finisher

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Polish Rock with Master Stone Finisher

workshop

Polish Rock with Master Stone Finisher

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Polishing stone with your own hands is a great unforgettable experience. We will focus on polishing a a River stone, you can bring your own from your local river or you can select one of the ones I’ve already picked. I will instruct you on the parts of a water polisher machine, how to properly hold the water polisher machine, how to turn it on and how to turn it off. The machine sprays water from the polishing surfaces so it requires turning off the switch along with turning off the water valve. Next we will cover polishing with diamond pads. Finally we will go step by step as you water polish the cut side (face) of the river rock to a smooth shiny finish. I will guide and teach you on how to evaluate the stone at each step based on the sight and feel of the smoothness after each pass. Two polisher machines are available, one machine will be shared by two guests. Please understand some stones are not able to be polished and they beauty is in their raw form, an example of these stones is obsidian. It’s deep shine comes from spalled faces that are chipped at the edges. Polishing obsidian with this process may have an unusual outcome.

Your host

Learn more about Shazad

Shazad

My passion is stone work and working with my hands. I worked as a stone polisher in my dads marble shop in the late 1990’s. Since then I used that knowledge to design, build and polish stone work and displays in museums, high end bathrooms and kitchens and lobbies. Eventually my skills set lead me to management roles on large projects all over Washington DC. However I still kept all my polishing and cutting machines and have decided to share knowledge and hand skills with the general public. Many people are unaware about the number of steps involved in creating stone sculptures and ending with a final high quality diamond honed polish. Stone is a difficult material to work with, this knowledge is becoming lost through generations. This is your opportunity to learn basic stone work and appreciate the grand stone work of old days.

What's included

Drinks
Equipment
Wide selection of River rocks of different colors Water polishing machine with diamond grit polishing pad sets. Stone…

Where you'll be

We will meet at my house and you can pick a stone from ones that I have personally selected from the local rivers. The selection of your rock is a unique and personal experience since every rock is unique due to its size, color, shape and texture. Many rocks will be around you but you can only choose one. Some may have a hidden coloration or feature that will be only exposed after the cutting and polishing is complete.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 21 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. You will need experience with power tools, ability to lift a 10 -15 lbs rock, walking on uneven terrain. If you’re unfamiliar with power tools I will…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

Leather/ waterproof rain boots

More tips

Experience with power tools is a plus, a waterproof apron, a throw away shirt. Rubber boots, eye glass protection, hearing protection, lift a 10 lb rock, walking on uneven terrain. Good hand grip strength is required. Polisher can not be dropped it has delicate internal gearing.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Shazad
Polish Rock with Master Stone Finisher
New experience
£103/person
New experience
£103/person