Hi, I’m Matt Vegar, award-winning artist and owner of “the Coolest Rock Shop on the Southern Oregon Coast”. Welcome to Dragon Rocks, the online version of my brick and mortar store located at 893 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420.
I’ve been a lifetime collector of rocks. As a child, mom was always having to empty my pockets of rocks and bent nails before the laundry. I no longer pick up bent nails but I usually still have at least one rock in my pocket.
I took a lapidary class in high school and loved it. But, I decided to be more practical and opted for being a Radio Repairman in the Army. After my service, I turned to other things including bartender, janitor, mechanic, and tow truck driver.
Later in life, I rediscovered my artistic side and began by experimenting with the driftwood so abundant along our coast. I quickly moved on to creating jewelry and art with rocks.
I taught myself Viking knit and wire-wrapping techniques and began doing original designs. One of my Viking Knit necklaces won an award.
When my rock and mineral collection got too large and I ran out of studio space, I decided to share my love of rocks with others and open a store. That how Dragon Rocks came to be.
Now, I have my studio in my store where I work on new designs and discover new obsessions such as my latest — flint knapping. I help folks identify their interesting unknown treasures, find the perfect specimen or the perfect gift, and share my love of rocks and rockhounding with the world at large.
Location and Hours
893 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Wednesday – Saturday 11am-6:30pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
We offer: A little piece of Oregon — thundereggs — fossils — agates — jewelry — stone pipes — gifts — layaway plan — supplies –rock cutting — rough rock — free identification — lots more… Come in and check it out or take a stroll around this site.