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!

Opening time

Good news ! After a long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will reopen on October 4, 2021. The workshop workstations have been relocated to respect physical distancing. We can’t wait to see you again!

New workshop-clubhouse hours :

  • Monday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COVID SAFETY & HYGIENE RULES

These COVID 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 symptoms
  • If anyone in your household has experienced COVID symptoms in the last 14 days
  • If in the past 14 days, you have been identified as a close contact of someone with suspected or confirmed COVID
  • If you have travelled outside the country in the last 14 days

You will have to respect the following rules :

  • In order to access the workshop all members must provide proof of full vaccination. A digital QR code or a government issued paper format QR code are the only documents accepted. Due to the fact that we have multiple supervisors you may be asked to present proof of vaccination at subsequent visits. Compliance is mandatory.
  • Mask wearing is mandatory at all times, in all rooms of the workshop. Furthermore masks must be worn correctly (ie. nose covered).
  • When seated or standing at a workstation a distance of 2 metres from the nearest occupied workstation must be observed. No exceptions.
  • When circulating throughout the workshop do not linger within 2 metres of other members. Respect their space and move quickly to re-establish your 2 metre buffer.
  • After using the restroom or sink, use the provided disinfectant wipes to clean the countertop, faucet knobs, toilet flush lever and door knobs.
  • When using the propane torches a visor must be worn in conjunction with a mask. The visor may be omitted if the member is wearing a fire retardant mask.
  • Entrance to the workshop is only permitted through the side door. Exit will be through the rear door in the saw room.

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.

Lapidary area

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.

 

Jewelry area

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.

Clubhouse

The social meeting area serves as a conference room, resource center 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 mineral and check out if it fluoresces. 

Library

In one corner is our library , which has mostly reference books that must be read at the club. Back issues of the Geminews are also available. They are all very interesting.

Rules of good understanding

  • 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

Examples made by our members

William Pallmer
Jasper earrings from the Bruneau mine in Idaho, USA. 925 sterling silver setting.