Monday, July 7, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 2)


 (With hammer and chisel...)

Well I'm finally back in the gold saddle here after the hiatus of the long 4th of July weekend. Even though Nero continues fiddling away while Rome burns to ash around him, you and I are still kicking so let's move on to more about small crevice placer gold.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hammer, Chisel, and Small Crevices Equal Good Gold (Part 1)


(These fine cracks in a foundation provide a decent example of what I'm talking about.)

As I've said numerous times before, in the right circumstances bedrock crevice sniping can bring you more placer gold than you ever dreamed of. Hit the right crack or crevice and you might walk away with multiple troy ounces. I know...I've seen it happen more than once in my mining career.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

You Can't Squeeze Gold From Turnips



Although this post is targeted primarily toward novices and newcomers to small-scale gold prospecting and mining, it includes some pearls of questionable wisdom that may apply to you old vets and sourdoughs out there as well.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The "Mouth" Gets His Come Uppance


 (Beware the blowhard.)

Not all of the people you come into contact with in your gold prospecting and mining forays are the likable (if sometimes eccentric) characters like "Taylor" or "Crazy Ben." Like life in general, in small-scale mining you'll run into the occasional blowhard, flaming a-hole, and general n'er-do-well. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly, because this post is about just such a person.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Scottish Placer Gold (Conclusion)


 (Placer gold can be found in a number of Scottish burns like this one.)

In this post I'll be tying up the loose ends of this two-part series on placer gold in Scotland, including listing the remaining Scottish gold locations.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scottish Placer Gold (Part 1)

 (A 6.5 gram beauty from Scotland.)

Unless I miss my bet here, this post constitutes my first attempt to address placer gold in Europe, specifically Scotland, United Kingdom. So if you you're a Scottish gold prospector or miner, or simply considering a gold panning excursion to what the ancient Romans called "Caledonia," here's some salient info for you.

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Desert Rat" Jim Straight on Hunting Magnetite Pockets

 (One of the nicest guys out there...Jim Straight.)

Since we've been on the subject of geomagnetic prospecting I thought I'd include the following from one of the most experienced and best known "desert rats" still out there, Jim Straight. For those not familiar with Jim, he's a degreed engineer and gold prospector and miner, as well as a published author who has written numerous books, articles, and pamphlets on dry washing, prospecting for desert gold, and nugget shooting. (Did I mention he's one hell of a nice guy too?)

Jim's 84 now and since he's started to slow down some he's asked miner Dan Taylor to take over his book business and Dan, in turn, has graciously allowed me to publish the following info on hunting magnetite pockets:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Prospecting for Placer Gold with Geomagnetism (Conclusion)


(Geometrics Model 256 magnetometer kit.)

In this post I'll be outlining a few tips and suggestions for operating a portable magnetometer (mag) in your gold prospecting endeavors. So without further adieu, let's get going.