Cabs I




Introduction to Cabochons is designed to teach you the basics of creating a beautiful cabochon from a slab of rock!  You will learn slab selection, the use of water, motion, touch, inspection, safety, and patience!  To assist you I have created a flip chart you can refer to at any time to gauge your progress.  I also have a display showing the steps of the cabbing process to which you can compare your cabochon in every stage.  If you want to learn cabbing in a clear and concise method, this is the class for you.

Class Fee:  $50.00 - Includes slabs, a straight edge, super glue, marker, scribe, pen, notepad, and instructor-provided materials for the class.

You may bring your own slabs, plus I will have slabs available for purchase.

Lab Fee:  $35

Estimated Materials Cost:  $0-$40

Consumable Fee:  $15

Prerequisites:  None



Rick began his foray into jewelry making in 2009 when he and his wife began beading.  In 2011 he took his first silver fabrication class at Maitland Art Center in Florida, followed by classes at William Holland in 2011, 2012, 2018, and channel inlay in 2019.  Rick began cabbing classes at William Holland in 2013 and completed five classes through 2022.  He has taught cabbing in local gem/mineral clubs and at Wildacres Retreat. 

Rick has a well-equipped lapidary shop at his home where he spends a lot of time improving his craft.  He cabs stones that are then set in silver by Rick or wrapped in wire by his wife and sold at jewelry and rock shows in Florida. 

A retired car salesman, Rick and his wife live in Apopka, Florida, where he is president of Wekiva Gem & Mineral Society.  He is also active in the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS).