Thursday, March 26, 2015

One Talented Miner

 (Idaho miner and artisan Gary Thomas.)

I admit I'm a bit remiss about finally getting a post like this in Bedrock Dreams, but as long as the job gets done now my foot dragging in the past doesn't matter I guess. In the seven plus years I've been at this blog, I've come to know and admire some very good people who are extremely talented not only as small-scale miners, but as business people, inventors, and artists and artisans. Idaho miner Gary Thomas is one of these folks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some of the Best to Ever Come Down the Pike

 (Chinese placer miners next to a long tom back in the day.)

I'm interspersing a post or two in between my seven-part series on finding workable gold ground to break things up a bit and throw some spice into the works. In this post I'll be talking about Chinese miners during the California Gold Rush. Whether you realize it or not, mining history is an important part of your small-scale mining knowledge and, believe it or not, everything you learn improves your chances of finding more gold.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Seven Suggestions for Finding Workable Gold Ground (Part 2)

 (Getting the gold is what it's all about.)

In my previous post on this subject I mentioned a number of reasons why I think workable gold ground (especially in the public mining arena) is on the decline. With this in mind, I've come up with seven suggestions that may help you find a way to counter this ongoing problem and at the same time help pull you out of that mining "nowhere to go" blues.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Seven Suggestions for Finding Workable Gold Ground (Part 1)

(My old stomping grounds...the North Yuba River in Northern California...sigh...)

Well it seems to me that whatever goes around eventually comes around again. I wrote this series of posts about three and a half years ago but I'm resurrecting them in new form and re-publishing them for your perusal. That way, you newbies or greenhorns out there won't miss out on these pearls of mining wisdom from yours truly (who apparently is a legend in his own mind!).

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Short Rant on the "Romance" of Gold Mining


 (Admiral David Farragut, USN.)

Well, you know how it goes with yours truly if you've been reading Bedrock Dreams long enough. I get something stuck in my craw and I'm like Union Admiral Farragut at the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay..."Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!"

Thursday, March 12, 2015

You Won't Find It If You Don't Look For It


Thirty five years ago a novice placer miner went to have a heart-to-heart talk with an old timer he knew. The old man was already in his early 70s at that point in time and possessed a wealth of small-scale gold prospecting experience and knowledge. This old salt had seen the best and the worst of times, and had sustained himself by gold mining through the bust-out days of the Great Depression and well beyond. Throughout it all, this grizzled sourdough had maintained a wry sense of humor and had kept an infectious smile on his face.