Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Gold Wears an Iron Hat"

(Gossan outcrop at the Giant King Mine in the California Motherlode Region.)

There's an interesting saying that German miners used back in the old days. "Gold wears an iron hat." This particular adage found its way here to the United States along with German immigrants (especially those with gold mining experience). There is much truth in this old statement as you'll soon find out.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Odds and Ends



It seems I failed to make myself fully clear in my previous post on digging deep. So I'm using this post to clarify things on that issue and also to throw in a few other gold mining odds and ends that may be of value.

Monday, August 24, 2015

You Have to Dig Deep

(I'd suspect there's a newbie or two in this bunch.)

If there's one glaring mistake I see most newcomers make, it's the fact that they're constantly "skimming" the surface of that dry wash or streambed and failing to dig deeper. I'll even take this a step farther and say that, over the years, I've seen quite a few experienced small-scale gold miners do the same thing. Ultimately, this approach is going to leave you with your pockets turned inside out and very little gold in that vial of yours.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 11)



By popular demand (I'm a legend in my own mind, you see) I'm back with a few more old-timer tips that should produce positive results in all your endeavors, small-scale gold mining and prospecting included. If you're able to look past the obvious and see what may exist between the lines, well...that's all for the better. Let's get started.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Newcomer with a Strong Desire to Learn


Being a relative newbie (a.k.a., greenhorn) to small-scale gold mining and prospecting is no easy path. Everyone around you seems to know much more than you do and at times you find yourself frustrated and feeling like a red-headed step child. Taking baby steps isn't easy when it comes to getting the gold but it's a process we've all been through or are going through right now. All this said, I'm always impressed when I encounter a gold mining newcomer who exhibits a strong desire to learn, knows the value of research, and hits the decks running. This post is about just such a person.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 10)



In case you didn't already know, I'm the old timer here. All those years of gold prospecting and small-scale mining have raced on by, leaving me to scratch my head and wonder how I lost track of all that time. So bear with me a bit and allow me the opportunity to present a few "philosophical" tips on prospecting and gold mining. Who knows? You just might uncover a pearl of wisdom here.