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  1. Saul R W

    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Perhaps a trommel? If it is a trommel, though, I can't understand the reason for the huge Pitman arm. Whatever it is, the axle/I-beam cross member that supports the track appears to be a temporary affair scabbed together just to get the contraption from one site to another. It must have been towed by a Cat or winch.
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    Popped the Gold Monster Cherry

    Wow, very nice for the second trip out with a new machine. Impressive.
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    Fox With Three Young

    Yes, my daughters have had a couple of ornery hens over the years. It seems to depend on the breed. From memory, Rhode Islands are broody and defensive of their young and relatively intelligent, Barred Rocks are generally really sweet birds and can be trained (within limits), Wyandottes suffer from some sort of chicken manic depressive bipolar disorder combined with a little bit of falling sky syndrome, most bantams are broody (we had one banty hen that stole a nest and hatched a bunch of barred rock eggs), and most of the heavy bodied meat-only birds are something like chicken couch potatoes, slow and dumb. All of them are entertaining.
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    Happy Mother's Day!!!

    Ladies, I tip my kippah to you.
  5. Saul R W

    Little Spring Wash - Revisited

    I know old prospectors who'd claim that those two mini specks were heard by a GBII while hiding under that chunk of scrap iron, and buried under 47" of black sand. On a windy day. While detecting under a power line. Next to a cell tower at a rock concert. The art of storytelling is dying in America.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Aha! That explains it. Thanks.
  7. Saul R W

    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Morlock, now you have me wondering how diamond dredges manage to separate relatively lightweight diamonds from heavier mud. Maybe they're designed to catch the lightweight diamonds that wash over the top, and allow the heavy gunk out the bottom? I'd never thought of that before, how to intentionally recover lighter target minerals.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Scroll down to the first several lengthier paragraphs in the below link, and there's information on some of the Bear Valley and Long Valley dredges. The government apparently helped convert several old gold dredges to recover monazite and rare earth metals. It was an interesting era of modern mining history. http://www.akmining.biz/forums/archive/index.php/t-8641765.html?s=d3f0b21da285918b5537d024d8d6b0fe
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    I guess they'd move a few hundred feet, and then plug in at the next power pole, or in some cases plug into a portable power plant onshore? What amazing contraptions. I always get the feeling that the blueprints were drawn up on the backs of paper bar napkins after the 11th or 12th tequila of the night.
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    Fox With Three Young

    Everything likes chicken -- it's the universal meat source. Even chickens like chicken.
  11. Saul R W

    Fines to a button.

    Yep. Borax (plain, unscented) is also useful when forge welding iron. Borax or fine, clean sand work well for keeping the O2 away from your work pieces, but Borax forms a glaze at a much lower temperature, which is beneficial. Also, the trick to making the old car-battery-jumper-cables-and-coat-hanger welding method actually work for an emergency repair was flux, and Borax was the best, so if your bumper fell off on the way to the laundrymat, you were golden.
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    Can anyone help me identify

    The surest test for amber is the scent test. If it's amber, rubbing it with your thumb will release a wonderful pine scent -- so would sprinkling a tiny bit of powder in a candle flame. Amber holds that distinct pine scent seemingly forever. I have late 18th century smoking pipes that probably had many pounds of rank tobacco smoked in them, and a gentle rub of your finger and thumb on the amber bit/stem will still bring out that pine scent. Also, even though it's no longer sticky, the surface can still feel slightly sticky when you warm it with the friction of your thumb rubbing on it. If it's amber, and relatively crack free on the larger portions, it could be quite valuable. I used to work with amber occasionally , but no longer. The quality of light passing through certainly look like amber to me, but the smell test would make it certain.
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    Rough nuggets, how far can they travel??

    I had a few ounces of nuggets that traveled 2,400 miles from Anchorage to Portland, OR, but that was in Wife Three's luggage. Oh well, she was generous enough to leave me my tools.
  14. AzNuggetBob -- Until the age of space telescopes, we were like near-sighted people who invested in the best possible eyeglasses, while living in a house with muddy windows. It was a good day when we took our first look around from outside the atmosphere. Hopefully Webb experiences fewer start-up engineering glitches than Hubble.
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    Weird $tuff

    Here's one for you, Garimpo ...
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