and June (Fuller) Smith were born in Bremerton, Washington, and married
there in 1950. When June's parents were hesitant to visit the local rock
club on their own, Bob and June took them to the next meeting of the Kitsap
Mineral and Gem Society, and they too became addicted to rock collecting.
Bob served as president, following soon after Meredith Jones. Field trips
and rock shows became a way of life.
Smiths not only took their son. Martin, on field trips, but included June's
sister's three children as well. Soon, with their fast-growing collection
of rock and wood, they decided to make a commesso (intarsia).
Church was fashioned with 316 pieces, including chrysocolla, jasper, petrified
bogwood, and rhodonite. The foothills were made with material from Wind
River in Wyoming. The frame, church, and sky were made from Washington State
petrified woods. It measures 24" X 16".
second effort was The Moose. It contains 250 pieces and measures 26"
X 20". The moose is a nodule from Adna, WA and the horns are Bruno
jasper. The foreground is orbicular rhyolite. The frame was cut with the
use of a 24" saw, and polished with a belt sander made from a bowling
alley return. This sander and a vibrating-lap sander were copies of Jones',
very suitable and workable pieces of affordable equipment.