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  1. A few from my Congo Collection.

    I wonder what kind of wood that is. Some sort of Congolese hardwood. It looks like ironwood sorta. Are they old? Tthe archer looks like it is art. A real whittler did that. The other one looks like some sort of Idol. Is there any significance of the crosshatch symbol on the back of the head?
  2. Butterfly

    I thought it was a hymn... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HlwtgaQZYDI
  3. Butterfly

    That's the end of a barbed wire spool. They migrate all the way from South America and lay their eiggs in mesquite. The caterpillars make cocoons in the fall and roll themselves in barbed wire. There was an old country and western group named after those things. They were called Iron Butterfly. Did a sad ballad about the garden of eden. You might have heard it? I use them for the framework of my wind chimes. Hang it up and then hang all your detector finds from it. As you find more junk the windchime grows. I had one that weighed 600 pounds before it broke the tree limb. The skeleton of the creation was those "iron butterflys" and old pieces of chain. Anything ande. everything I found for 3-4 years got wired up there.
  4. Spring Nugget Shooter Outings!

    I have always wanted to make one of these outings and it looks like this may be the one. I really wanted to come last fall but just could not justify the miles. It looks like I will be able to make it this spring. I certainly hope so. It would be a hoot to meet all you tough talking hombres. A little campfire chat would be a lot of fun!
  5. Exploring For New Areas to Detect

    Holy schitt guys...I did this on the side of the road in Glorieta..Orange vest and white hard hat. Put orange cones behind the truck and everything.
  6. Exploring For New Areas to Detect

    My strategy is to hunt open land and get permission to hunt spots that aren't open. I often ask forgiveness instead of permission but only when I know who I am dealing with. Research is all about a location on the ground. It has a lot more to do with land ownership than geology. Go through the old posts in these forums. Everything you need to know is there. It is a faiirly simple task to find gold bearing ground and then to find the land status of that ground. That is how we get these fantastic spots we go to. Sometimes it is claimed, sometimes it is private and sometimes it is open. You do your research, ask permission, find open ground, whatever it takes. Then there are the club claims. Pay your dues and stay within the boundaries.
  7. Exploring For New Areas to Detect

    Research is about 90% of finding gold. You ask a mighty big question that has about a thousand answers.
  8. Foresthill heritage days

    Double jack drilling?
  9. Anyone else interested in home gardening?

    I don't grow nopal cactus (the fruit are "tunas"). I grow several varieties of tricocereus. The tall columnar ones. I don't think worms are an issue with nopal but they could be. Fungus and chinch bugs are hard on them. And the drought and freeze a few years ago has really hit all cactus here very hard. Yeah, "tuna juice" and "tuna wine" are big regional favorites. And the nopalitos are a main ingredient in our local salsas. Wine made from the tunas is the best stuff you have ever tasted...there are several vineyards here that incorporate them in grape wine as well as the straight "tuna jack". They are full of sugar and make a rich potent cider that will make all your bodily fluids turn bright fuscia. Even your white tee shirts will turn a little pink under the arms after a quart or so. Near my old claims there is a box canyon running through cliffs of colored jasper. The nopales are growing everywhere and in the fall the canyon is dark purple under the cactus from the ripe fruit. Every coyote poop, bird turd and rat pellet is purple.Those things are so delicious, plump and sweet it is amazing. One of those cactuses will produce twice as much fruit as a peach tree that covers the same area. And it will grow in a 1/4" crack in solid rock. I like the fruit and figure it could be used for dye as well as fiber. And all those little thorns have got to be good for something.
  10. Anyone else interested in home gardening?

    Thuricide and Dipel are BT Weaver. The mineral oil works good on corn but crappy on cactus....no silk. And those buggers get in all sorts of things besides corn nowdays. We have had huge swarms of various moths the past few years. That worm damage is bad and getting worse. I like Thuricide after a rain and Dipel when it is dry. You never know when a few little grey moths are going to flutter by and before you even know they did you have an ugly worm hole or a plant completely ruined. The suckers will go right into the meristem and bore out an inch in a matter of minutes.
  11. Anyone else interested in home gardening?

    Mike, Altitude, chemistry, insects and critters can be brutal in the Southwest. The raised beds are great in cooler climates. Use a piece of the PVC roofing membrane or pond liner to block out gopers and conserve water. It is a great barrier. Where it is hot raised beds can be a problem. I found several old rusted 500 gallon water tanks... about 5' in diameter and 18" deep. I bury them with the rim just above the ground and fill them with a mix of peat moss and perlite. You will find big bags of coarse perlite cheap from several Arizona sources. Use the big chunks for insulating walls and it is cheap. Then add your organics to that or mix with native soil and fertilize. I start the round gardens under plastic with a piece of sturdy fencing for support in case of snow. After last frost replace the plastic with shade cloth and then hail screen as the season progresses. As plants get larger I put chicken wire around the garden and elevate the hail screen over the chicken wire. The garden is protected on all sides at all times. In a lot of places out here you will save yourself trouble by starting in a semi controlled environment. It just depends on where you are. The weather is great until it is not and then it is quite chaotic. It is easy to have a good garden in several small modules too. Corn, sqash and beans are easy here. If you get outside of that you would probably be better off in an isolated bed in a lot of areas.
  12. Gold Bug 2 Question

    Sage advice Jason. Thanks for posting that!
  13. Anyone else interested in home gardening?

    I have problems with corn earworms. They bore the tops of the cactus. They ruin a lot of other crops too. I usea lot of thuricide and dipel to keep damage down. It is a natural fungus that gets in the worms stomach and eats him alive. If you have worm problems or fungus gnats on indoor plants that stuff works great. It is natural and non poisonous too.
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