What my customers say about my agates.
A School Counseler
I use polished agates in my work as a school counselor! I
have a bowl of them out in both my elementary and high school offices, and keep
a supply of smaller ones to give out to the students. I find that they are a
great conversation starter and relaxation tool to employ while seeing the kids.
More importantly, many students say having a rock with them is a great stress
and anxiety reliever throughout the day, and that holding and rubbing it can
help them to both focus and calm down. Additionally, I believe that the act of
giving them an agate provides a connection between us that can serve as a
"reminder" of the work we are doing together on their issues. These
beautiful Agate-beach agates have proved to be a wonderful addition to my
Local agate collector
I had the opportunity to attend a “barrel opening” this weekend and for the first time it did not include a long stem glass with bread and fancy cheese. This was a barrel opening on the shores of Bonney Lake at the home of a connoisseur of fine agates named Mike Wendt owner of Agate-Beach. com. Mike has developed and perfected the art of agate polishing in a most exquisite way. Not only is he an expert at the art of polishing but he is also willing and happy to share his method and mixture for a most surprising shine. He has built an impressive array of tumblers that run multiple barrels of rock at speeds varying from 30 revolutions per minute down to an incredibly slow 15 rpm for the final polish. Using Tripoli powder for the final polish which is less expensive than most final stage abrasives he creates a mirror shine that is truly like no other. Mike specializes in two different agate forms - Lake Superior and Montana Moss but also rounds out his barrels with jaspers, petrified wood, plume, Moroccan, Laguna agate, obsidian and quartz just to name a few. From what he showed us he is able to polish almost any stone and has, based on his many display pieces. During the visit he opened 15 different barrels, spread out on a table. After our group of about eight agate enthusiasts had picked over and out our beauties, Mike gave us a tour of his studio and we had a chance to look at some plume agates (his personal favorite) under a microscope. Call 253 720 9165 if your in the area and want to join in the fun. Mike