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You’ve admired agates for their color and beauty—now learn how to find your own. Unlike other books, Agate Hunting Made Easy provides step-by-step instructions to help you turn those once-frustrating agate hunts into successful ones. You’ll have an experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, as your guide: He will show you photographs by Carol Wood of what rough agates really look like in the field. His tips will help you recognize agate imposters that often fool inexperienced collectors. He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore. Plus, Jim also provides a rating scale to help you estimate the value of your finds. This book is just what you need to help make agate hunting easy.
Jim Magnuson and his sister Carol Wood have been collaborating on creation of books related to gemstone hunting and finishing since 2010. They have a shared interest in the beauty of natural gemstones such as Lake Superior Agates.
Rock hounding is more than a hobby for author Jim Magnuson, it is a serious and rewarding avocation that helps him connect with nature. He has been an avid hunter and student of various gems, minerals and fossils since his childhood, when he first began to hunt for stones in his native state of Illinois. In addition to hunting rocks & minerals, Jim has developed a strong interest in the lapidary arts for creating jewelry pieces from the semi-precious gemstones that he hunts for and collects.
Jim also enjoys sharing his knowledge and interests through writing, another lifelong interest. Through his writing he hopes to inspire and enable others to be successful in finding quality gemstones and creating beautiful jewelry pieces. Jim continues to learn and adapt his rock hunting and lapidary methods and publications; to this end he greatly appreciates all feedback from readers.
Carol Wood took up professional photography as a means of satisfying a lifelong passion for creating and sharing things of beauty. She has a keen eye for seeing perspectives in things that on the surface appear to be mundane or quite simple. Given her training and natural instincts for perspective and complementary lighting that enhances visual clarity, Carol is able to produce high-definition photographic images that enhance but don’t distract from the given subjects. These skills are essential in creating both guidebooks and photographic essays.
Carol has also developed a personal interest in making jewelry pieces using gemstones she has found. She has become familiar with many of the lapidary tools and processes in the Gemstone – Lapidary publication and authored some of the book’s content.