Monday, November 23, 2015

A Better Gold Trap? (Part 1)

 (A better mouse trap?)

In my last post I made mention of the "better mouse trap" idea when talking about current developments in small-scale gold mining equipment. In this series of posts I want to take this idea a step further by doing a comparison of two types of sluice boxes, the standard single water flow type and the newer, dual water flow type. Please note that I have no axe to grind here regarding any specific company or type of box, nor am I being compensated for the opinions expressed herein. That said, let's get down to business.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Small-Scale Gold Mining State of the Union, 2015

Just like the top-dog political hack in Washington, D.C. who loves to hear himself talk as he cocks his jug-eared head and reads from the teleprompter (his grown-up version of a baby "blanky"), I too stand here to deliver my annual state of the union. The difference between the two missives? I actually know what I'm talking about!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Time to Saddle Up for Rawhide?

 (A young Clint as Rowdy Yates on the "Rawhide" TV series.)

When I was a youngster there was a popular western on television called "Rawhide" that included an up and coming young actor named Clint Eastwood. Yep, our boy Clint. But I'm not here to talk about the TV series or Clint. Nope. I'm here to tell you about another that includes placer gold in its cast of characters.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Try Looking for "What Was" Instead of "What Is"

 ("What is" ain't necessarily "what was.")

One opportunity you won't find much discussion about in gold prospecting books or on other online sites is essentially based on the tendency by all of us to look at "what is" and not at "what was." Sufficiently confused at this point are you? Then read on.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Positive Potential of Obstructions (Conclusion)

(There's an eddy swirl behind the big boulder on the right.)

After digressing slightly for Veterans Day, I'm back in the saddle with more on the positive gold potential of obstructions in placer mining. What I'm saying in this series is targeted toward you, the small-scale miner, and not commercial gold miners like those strutting their stuff each week on reality television. You see, a sluice box, highbanker, dry washer, or a suction dredge are vastly different animals than bulldozers, excavators, and wash are the men and women behind those pieces of equipment. That said, on to obstructions once again.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Never Throw in the Towel

You know, a while back I very nearly threw in the towel as far as Bedrock Dreams was concerned. Hell, I even shut the whole thing down for a few months. But here I am. If you wonder why, please read the following.