Culver City Rock & Mineral Club operates a fully equipped lapidary shop for use by adult Club Members (18 or older.) Junior members, 13 years of age or older are allowed providing a parent/guardian is present. A special release must be signed for junior members before they can use any equipments.

Rock saws are available for trimming and slabbing, wheels for grinding and sanding, and disks for polishing as well as flat laps and other equipment for lapidary, jewelry and lost-wax casting.

The Instructor in charge, in addition to promoting a safe and orderly environment, is a source of free instruction on the use of all equipment.

Before using the shop you must be current with membership dues, sign an annual insurance waiver and receive instruction. All visits to the shop start by signing in and end by signing out and paying a usage fee.

The usage fees are low, thanks to the ability of volunteer members to make in-house repairs. All fees are on an hourly basis where any fraction of an hour is counted as a full hour. For example: 15 minutes is one hour; 55 minutes is one hour; 65 minutes is two hours. The basic rate is $1.50 per hour, that includes the use of sanding and polishing wheels, flex-shaft machine, dopping oven and wax, safety equipment and hand tools. Practice rough and slabs are included in the basic shop fee. Other equipment such as lost wax casting equipment, torch, and rock saws require additional per hour fees -
all that is listed at the shop.


The instructors have the option of closing the shop early if nobody shows up within the first 30 minutes -

Make sure you call (310) 836-4611 if you are planning on arriving late.

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Shop rules are posted at the shop. Please familiarize yourself with them before you start using the shop.

Safety comes first when dealing with all the equipment - not just for yourself but also for your fellow club members and the club's continued use of the City owned building.

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The shop is located at 10866 Culver Blvd. in Culver City (behind the Boy Scout clubhouse and next to the paddle tennis courts) Shop Phone: (310) 836-4611

The shop is open five times a week as follows:

Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Rick Shaffer  
Wednesday * 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Vern Lowe (or Jette Sorensen)

*By appointment
Send email to to see if an instructor will be available for an appointment

Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Brad Smith  
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lynne Lukert (or Steve Dover)  
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jette Sorensen