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    Where does gold come from? with AZ Nugget Bob...

    Skip I'll tell you the whole story. I also started out pretty much the same way with a gold pan, sluice box back in the 70's in N.Cal. and then moved up to a 3"dredge. got my first gold detector and went out a few times and found nothing but trash. gave up on detecting gold and went back to dredging. but things where gettin crazy (gold rush in Cali) and it was getting a little bit crowded in the rivers and creeks, ok very crowded. elbow to elbow, dredge to dredge in many places. So I moved to Az in 1980 figured I'd go back into construction but then I got a job at a placer mine. I already knew how to operate backhoes, loaders, dozers and track hoes from working in construction in calif. pushing dirt is pushing dirt right. so anyway I learned a lot at the first mine and purchased another metal detector. I realized I wasn't hunting or digging in the best places before. fortunately it didn't take me long to start finding nuggets this time around. I learned to avoid the trash as much as possible and how to follow the old pay streaks working at the mine and from dredging too. I started finding nuggets hunting on weekends. my style was to save the trashy areas for last. that was just the start. I started reading books. I'll tell you I amassed a pretty large prospecting book and map library. there wasn't an internet or any forums back then. I also learned to follow the old drywashers. I leaned a lot just from experience out hunting. Then I started learning more about geology and it really took off from there. many of the rules are the same but I prefer desert placers. and the desert placers have kept me busy for many years whether I'm working for large companies or on my own. There is more I don't have time to write it all here today. Also Its much easier for me to go out and do it than sit here and write about it. It all comes to me sort of second nature when I'm out in the hills. when I see the geology, old flow lines,lifted outcrops,types of rock, rounded aggregate and other indicators in general, stacked rocks from the old timers etc. there is all sorts of things I'm looking for. my mind just kicks into nugget hunting mode. trying to outsmart those wyely little golden critters is almost a sport for me. a game of hide and seek. almost as much fun as finding them. AzNuggetBob
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    Where does gold come from? with AZ Nugget Bob...

    Thanks Bill I'll tell ya its a lot of fun sharing info on gold and nugget hunting here. Ive seen many tons of placer gold working on several large and small placer operations over the years and learned a lot about placer mining from them. I've also taken that with me when I'm nugget hunting, my true passion. There is nothing like digging gold nuggets on a hillside or out of a wash with nothing more than a detector and a pick. "digging gold never gets old" AzNuggetBob
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    Blasting caps

    Old Tom I think you may be correct, they re-purposed everything back then. It does have a lot of history and to tell ya the truth I think it would make a great looking table lamp too. but hey I'm a miner. AzNuggetBob
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Dave I'll tell ya one of those planes we repainted was a 3/4 scale sport/stunt biplane. a real beauty. That's what they did at Avart, aircraft painting. I would have loved to have flown it. I considered buying an ultralight for years. They are a great prospecting tool, but I think your plane is going to have a much better glide ratio and along with your high clearance should give you a lot more choices on where to land if your power plant happens to go south, and because your going with a high wing you shouldn't have too much problem with the brush punching holes in your wings and that's what matters most. you could fly that with a bare frame if you had too. although up in Alaska it might be a little on the chilly side. just AzNuggetBob
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    Hey, got prayers?

    Prayers sent Bill, give my best to Tammy also. AzNuggetBob
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    UPGRADE in 3...2...1

    Tom thats funny. Bill I dont think you got all the bugs out? AzNuggetBob
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    Blasting caps

    Tom If you take that center plug out of that mercury cylinder and get yourself a piece of drill steel it would make a great rock crusher. AzNuggetBob
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Dave I've used duct tape to fix a lot of things to get me home (radiator hose) etc. but never an airplane. maybe you should carry a role of that 100 mph tape. AzNuggetBob
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    Blasting caps

    Tom those caps look pretty old. they may not go off at all? also that cylinder looks like a mercury cylinder for storage and transport. AzNuggetBob
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    Where does gold come from? with AZ Nugget Bob...

    Terry this thread does go all over the place. sometimes a little off track. But it wouldn't have lasted all these years without all the viewers and contributors. so here is a toast to them. AzNuggetBob
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Great photo's guys. Clay I worked for a private"sand and gravel" plant that provided sand for the Az. C.A.P. project. a lot of the work was contracted out. I was operating heavy equipment for them feeding the plant or loading trucks. It was very successful operation but a lot of hard work getting permits and picking up and moving the whole plant from wash to wash as the project progressed toward phoenix. It was a pretty smooth operation except for those pesky nuggets that kept clogging up our power screens. just kidding about the nuggets, but there was a lot of byproduct in that sand and gravel. Im not saying the plant would be profitable as a stand alone operation for byproduct only but the sale of the sand and gravel more than covered the cost of the whole operation and we were loading trucks as fast as we could crank out the processed sand. AzNuggetBob
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Dave I was going to tell you about some prep work and painting I did on a couple rag wings years ago but I realized how much I couldn't remember about it, type of paint, chems we used etc. so I decided it wouldn't be of much help to write it. It was a temp job working with my brother at a place called Avart. I was only about 20 years old at the time. I will say its hard to wrap your head around a fabric covered airplane until you work on one. they are just amazingly light for their size. AzNuggetBob
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    Where does gold come from? with AZ Nugget Bob...

    So true Patty, so true. AzNuggetBob
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Dave I gotta say, love your jigs. we use those eccentrics on sluice boxes with great success to hold down the expanded metal along the edges. Can't wait to see your bird finished. AzNuggetBob
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    Where does gold come from? with AZ Nugget Bob...

    Possibly Patty, but I really think there is a lot more to that comet/asteroid than meets the eye. for example, is it extraterrestrial maybe never returning or is it in a larger orbit outside of our solar system that we don't yet understand? AzNuggetBob