I've always been looking on the ground & finding rocks. I started when I was 9 one summer my Dad worked as a ranger in Yellowstone. As a teenager I got a tumbler & then a Sears Gem Maker & made cabs. I lost momentum but got back into collecting when I was 39.
I moved from Cupertino, Calif to Cedar City, Utah 4 years ago & live in an area full of beautiful agates, jaspers, & you name it. Now I'm cutting & polishing cabochons & am the president of a 2 1/2 year old rock club in town. I even made my own 10 wheel cabbing machine - http://andy321.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=hmequip&action=display&thread=42508
I've got an etsy store - http://www.etsy.com/shop/AgateCabachon where I sell my cabs to jewelers. Sales are going way too slow because I don't have much more than my forum siganture linking to my etsy store. I'm setting up a website - http://www.desertgemsjewelry.com, but it's not up & running yet.
My wife & I have just learned to wire wrap & I've done a small weekend show at Silver Reef, UT which is a former Silver mining town with a museum/gift shop. I did 2 months of Saturday Markets at Tuacahn near St. George, UT in the fall. Foot traffic was very low at both of those, but I had a few sales, enough to tell me that with a larger attendance, I could be successful.
I got a canopy, made some table skirts & am getting displays & developing a "brand". I'm cutting rocks almost daily & wrapping. Next is to photograph the booth & jewelry so I can apply to shows bigger than the local ones I've done. I missed getting into the Arizona shows that go on all winter, but hope to get into some Bay Area shows I used to walk when I lived there.
Sorry, I don't have any photos to show except the few cabs I've got in my etsy store. If you see this a while after I wrote it, the links I've provided will have more to show off.
Wish me success!