The Salem 50+ Center offers both lapidary classes and a silversmithing workshop.

Lapidary Shop

Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to take lapidary classes through the Salem Center 50+, Lapidary Shop. Classes teach the entire process of turning a rock into a polished display piece or cabochon. The lapidary shop has slab saws, trim saws, templates for shapes, a dopping station, grinders, sanders, polish wheel and a flat lap. It also has a high speed grinder, carving station, drill press and foredom unit.

The lapidary course consists of 7 classes, each three hours long. The cost is only $30 and is well worth it. You don’t even need to bring material to work on. They will furnish the rocks to complete your first three projects.

Classes are self paced and taught during normal shop hours. Select days and times that fit your schedule.

Shop Hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 11:30 am
12:30 pm – 3:30 p.m..
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

No evening classes on Friday.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Daytime use is restricted to those 50 years and older,
Evenings and Saturdays the shop is open for anyone over 18.

Once you have completed the classes, you are eligible to use the lapidary center. The fees are $1.25 per hour, plus $1.00-2.00 per hour for use of the slab saws (price based on size of the saw).

If interested, come in and talk to a shop supervisor to enroll. The Lapidary Center is on the second floor of the Salem Center 50+ building, 2615 Portland Road NE, Salem OR.


Jewelry Craft Workshop
Jewelry making • lost wax casting • construction • PMC • polymer clay

Monday from Noon – 9:00 pm

The jewelry craft workshop incorporates many aspects of jewelry making.

Beginning and advanced silversmithing along with lost wax casting, PMC and polymer clay. This will give everyone an opportunity to expand their skills, explore new avenues, and express their imaginations through the arts of jewelry design and creation.

Join us on Mondays to enjoy and explore the many aspects of jewelry making.

Not a formal class, but a workshop where we can share concepts and techniques using the space and equipment provided in the Center 50+ craft room. Cost is $5.00 for whatever time you use. Bring any tools and material you have for what you want to do.

For information Call Ted Silver (503-585 2559 message phone) or stop by the craft room Monday afternoon.

Classes provided by the City of Salem Center 50+, information is provided by WAMS as a courtsy to our members.