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  1. Bedrock Bob

    Mineshaft Rescue

    Yeah, except for that one part where he bounced off the footwall of the shaft the plan was flawless. Was this the guy's headframe or was he just poking around a shaft that someone else had developed? It seems like the perfect spot to stay completely away from unless it is your operation. The collar is badly eroded. It looks like an accident waiting to happen. I don't see any muck around that hole. It does not look like a mine shaft but a manway and haulage route to a tunnel below. If that shaft is 100 foot deep then the muck was taken out a different way or is left as cut and fill down in the workings. The collar is devoid of anything at all from the photos. It seems this was a hoist and manway to a bigger underground mine?
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    Yesterdays finds

    I went out with my toddler yesterday to get some carving wood. We wound up at an old haunt we used to go to years ago. We hit the jackpot on crinoid fossils and I found a sweet fluorite crystal with some awesome purple colors. My son found a half bucket full of those hairlip barnacles but I only found a couple. We got a lot of nice lavender and purple fluorite pieces suitable for shaping and polishing too. The photo does not do it justice. There are some really nice purple inclusions in these crystals.
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    Winter is coming.

    Here it is as dry as a bone Dave. Not even weeds. I usually have to mow the weeds on my place at least three or four times a year. This year I did not mow or weed once and it still looks pretty good. It got humid as hell this year but it did not rain much at all. There have been drier years but I don't remember a year that was so hot the weeds wouldn't grow. That was the case here this summer. It wasn't really lack of water, although we got very little. It was more an excess of heat and blistering sun. It was the hottest, most miserable summer that I remember and I think that every living thing in the Chihuahuan Desert agrees. One day it was 90 degrees and humid. The sun felt like it was magnified. The black gnats would eat your ears off and the mosquitoes would hit the back of your throat if you breathed hard. The next day it was 50 degrees and I have been wearing my coveralls since. I am building fires and drinking coffee until noon. It is strange as heck but I am loving it!
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    How's the weather Skip?

    Skip works at a job everyday, puts up with our crap, babysits our spats, and does a great job handling the forum. We are out here finding big chunks of gold in country where the weather is beautiful even when it is bad. The most we have to put up with is sunburn. We like to talk about gold and strut around like a bunch roosters and peck at each other. Skip quietly cleans up our crap. The weather over there in the Carolinas is deadly these days. I know nothing about that country or exactly where East Carolina is but I bet it is flooding. They have a big lake there called the Sea of New York that has some huge waves on it right now. They are having a hurricano eruption and the lava is over their heads. The rivers are all backing up and the rain is coming down hard. Some things are floating and others are sinking. We are thinking about you Skip! Is everything O.K. in your neck of the woods? How's the weather there?
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    OUTING ATTENDANCE POLL

    I remember this cheekako and I am going to put him on the ground and bite a chunk out of his ear. We are going to kick up some dirt I tell you! Just kidding. I will be here in God's country beating some other poor greenhorn to a pulp. So the gentleman from Wyoming can mingle without fear of my knuckle bumps on his cabeza. As long as he takes the road around New Mexico to get there he will probably arrive unmolested. You buckeye brothers and your California cunados can decide what to do with him when he arrives.
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    Yesterdays finds

    We have manzanita and mahogany at altitude and I use it a lot! Some of those old twisted pieces don't need anything to make them look awesome. ----- I have always held a steady job and it drove me nuts. I have PTSD and not having any personal time off drove me crazy. I went over 20 years with only weekends off and my last job I would work 40-50 days in a row every day without comp time or flex time. I could put in 50 hours in a week and have 20 days on duty and the college where I worked (NMSU) would demand I take 15 minutes of sick leave to have lunch with my mother off-campus. The faculty there got 11 days off for Christmas Break but I worked every day and Christmas eve too. I worked every single holiday and about 2/3 of the weekends and could not get them to consider allowing me comp days off for the weekends and holidays I had to work. I was sick of getting up every day and going to that deserted campus to sit and fiddle away my weekends while my boss made six figures and showed up three days a week. I could not make ends meet working 50-60 hours a week at a professional job and I was very unhappy. One day I decided that I was going to do what I was good at or starve to death trying. I cashed in my retirement fund, built a studio and put together some tools. I can hardly rub two nickels together today and I still work 50 hours a week but I am doing what I want to do. And I don't have to ask permission and take sick leave when I need to go to the bank or get a haircut. I may very well starve to death but it will be on my terms. I worked for myself when I was a young man raising my son and I was really happy. I built custom homes and ran a carpentry crew. I simply did not have time to meet someone else's schedule being a single parent so I had to work for myself. I could not find work that would allow me the schedule flexibility that raising a child demanded. So I started my own construction business and hired people to do most of the work. When my son was old enough to go to school I thought I was supposed to go to work at a job and make a living. That was just a fairy tale. I worked but I never could make a living. Everyone around me got comfortable on my sweat and I went home to a shack with a few sheckles. Today I sell everything I make and people tell me how talented I am rather than how much personal time I am going to have to give up. Folks are amazed at what I create and they smile. 1/3 of my work days are spent in the desert and 2/3 are spent in my studio sawing, sculpting and hammering. One day a week I spend at our fantastic local crafts market meeting smiling people and talking about happy things that bring joy. I have not had a bad day yet since I decided to be an artist. I have spent zero time answering to some corporate ass kisser who is only concerned about their 401K and how many days they have left until they retire comfortably. Now I have time off and can spend an afternoon with my elderly mother and don't have to ask permission and give up my vacation time to do it. I can hunt with my son and don't have to work 40 days in a row to get the time off. And this year for the first time in my life I am going with the family for Christmas for four days to a mountain cabin near Greer Az. to relax and enjoy the holidays. It will be the very first Christmas that I did not have to work in about 4 years. The very first Christmas EVER that I did not have to give up vacation time or sick leave to go with family. Life is short. Do what makes you art a lot.
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    Winter is coming.

    It has already snowed a few times in the Chihuahuan Desert. It is not sticking at all because the earth is still warm. But the ground and the water is cooling FAST. If it looses much more heat to this cold air our winter will be a frigid one. The only reason we are not down below freezing at night right now is the thick cloud cover. If it clears one night and then clouds over the next morning we are in trouble. It will probably kill everything that is still on the vine and push our winter weather ahead 2-3 months. We generally have a clear, cool, protracted fall with warm afternoons. It generally won't freeze hard until late November and days won't be this cold until after the first of the year. This fall will change everything for many moons to come. I think the high temp was about 53-55 degrees when we were out on Monday. It was right at freezing last night above 5000 ft. My house sits at about about 3200 ft. So I am expecting Montana weather in the Chihuahuan Desert this year.
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    Yesterdays finds

    Here are a couple of blind snakes I carved from the whitethorn acacia. It is awesome wood to work with. Lotsa deep grain and beautiful color. It does not generally need stabilizing and takes a polish well. It flashes with a yellow color almost like opal when the light hits it just right. You can see a bit of that in the photo. I am not quite finished with these two yet but you can get an idea of what the wood looks like and how it polishes up. These are sanded to 320 and rubbed with a waxy rag. I will finish them to 600 grit and wax them up good when I put the eyes on them. They will have a golden flash all down the sides when they are finished. Knifeleaf condalia wood is even more beautiful. Big time color. I will post a photo of a carving made from knifeleaf tomorrow.
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    Yesterdays finds

    We found some sweet knifeleaf and a half truckload of acacia. What I don't use for carving I will use for my woodstove. It is CHILLY the past few days! There are a few desert hardwoods that create burls. They are small but the wood has fantastic figuring. I have been making a lot if stuff from it and selling it at the local Farmers and Crafts Market. I am stabilizing some of the wilder pieces and making knife scales and turning blanks too. I have been doing my art full time these days. Things from the desert mostly, and some clay sculpting along that theme. I have some tumbled agates, mineral specimens, glass arrowheads, fancy carved walking sticks and hammered copper work. I have red and green chile jewelry too. I also have a line of antique glass jewelry that is selling big time. My son and I hunted glass for one day last month and I created over $1000 in inventory. It is almost gone and I am planning on hitting an old railroad camp tomorrow in hopes I find another bucket full of glass. I use as much red, yellow and purple glass as I can find and I am always looking for a spot to find more. We made a bunch of crinoid earrings today and developed a design integrating the crinoid fossils with hammered copper wire and old glass. The smaller fossils are going into clear resin castings and as details on some of my polymer clay sculptures. We try to mash anything we find into our designs and are coming up with some real desert flavor and completely unique ideas.
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    Yesterdays finds

    This spot has solid, sharp edged fluorite crystals the size of your fist. Most are aquamarine or pale lavender but there is red, yellow, blue, rainbow and deep violet. We were looking for a spot where I used to find deep purple crystals. We did not find the particular hole I used to cut them out of so we hit one of the bigger prospects. I found this on the dump. But there are some huge crystals to be had if you want to dig or break rock. There is acres of open pit mines and many hundreds of yards of tunnel and plenty of opportunity for excellent crystals The spot has a fissure with calcite on one side and fluorite on the other. Many hundreds of tons of crystals have been taken out back in the day of vacuum tubes. There are all colors of crystals. Some are milky and some are crystal clear. Some of the fluorite was so clear it was used for lenses. There are calcite crystals as big as dictionaries. Some of it is super clear too. This little set of crystals had sharp corners and was a nice specimen so I brought it home. One of these days soon I will find my old diggings and post those big purple crystals. And I did get a bunch of solid material that will be nice to shape and polish. So I will post a few of the pieces once they are done. The crinoid stems, calyxes and roots are laying everywhere under a certain layer of limestone. There are millions in a limestone matrix and even millions more in a loose matrix under the limestone blocks. There is a spot where a road cut this layer and the freed crinoid stem "buttons" are thick where the layer has been disturbed. There are several types of fossil shells too. Many are iridescent and colorful. I am going to try to shape and polish some of that fossiliferous limestone. It is really nice material and a small piece can have a thousand delicate fossils in it. Thumb sized pieces of it would make nice pendants.
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    Yesterdays finds

    Thanks! That is great advice. I try my best to savor every minute of his company. We are best friends and have all kinds of adventures together. He is the most experienced and capable outdoorsman I know and I am proud as heck of him. He still pisses me off quite regularly and a good pounding would teach him a few things but I have very little to actually complain about.
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    Gas Vac and new vortex separator

    Here is the part that sucks. It will suck a hand, a grease rag or a small dog right in there. I keep that end caged off lest something gets pulled through the impeller. It throttles off about 25% of the intake air but there is still plenty to do whatever I need to do at about 3/4 throttle.
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    Gas Vac and new vortex separator

    Here is the air plant from two different angles. Check out my heavy duty coffee can coupling and laminated wood adapter plate!
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    TV show Meteorite Men

    Only if you have found one. Thus the conundrum.
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    Gas Vac and new vortex separator

    I don't have pics of the vac setup and the rig is broken down and stored. I will try to point a camera at it this afternoon so you can at least see the blower setup. It is just a 5 hp. Tecumseh vertical shaft engine mounted on a high static blower. Dayton 4c330. Here are the specs for my blower. I cant believe how much the price has gone up. I think you could get one for a whole lot less. About $200 is what they should cost. https://www.grainger.com/category/direct-drive-radial-blade-blowers/industrial-blowers-and-accessories/ventilation-equipment-and-supplies/hvac-and-refrigeration/ecatalog/N-ymf?searchRedirect=blower#nav=%2Fcategory%2Fdirect-drive-radial-blade-blowers%2Findustrial-blowers-and-accessories%2Fventilation-equipment-and-supplies%2Fhvac-and-refrigeration%2Fecatalog%2FN-ymfZ1yzgds9Z1z08owpZ1z0ku1b%3FsearchRedirect%3Dblower Visualize this blower under a big lawn mower engine on legs. Anyhoo, I will take a photo of my setup later this evening.
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    TV show Meteorite Men

    bob, Meteorites are not real unless science says they are. And yours are obviously not real. Science has clearly spoken. Our opinions here are backed up by every expert opinion you have solicited. They are reinforced by the results of every analysis you have mentioned. Your description of the events and circumstances surrounding the stones make it plain these are not meteorites. If what you say is true then they simply could not be. Why don’t you just go out and find a real one? The kind that science agrees is a meteorite? Start small and work up just like everyone else. If you spent a fraction of the time learning about meteorites as you do creating an alternate universe you would be an expert. You could find a real meteorite with the time you are investing in this folly. Why not stop the silly song and dance and go hunt one down for real? Like the rest of us! You are not going about this like a meteorite hunter. You seem to be trying to figure out a way to make slingshot ammo worth something. You are doing a bunch of irrelevant tests and developing some data on paper to present as “fact”. You aren’t hunting meteorites. You are indulging in a fantasy around these worthless rocks. One can only assume that you plan on using this irrelevant data to convince someone these rocks are meteorites. I certainly hope that no one is fooled. That would be where this little fantasy crosses the line. Wouldn’t you agree bob?
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    High garde silver!

    It looks like the type of ore that could carry silver. Only an assay could tell. There is no way a person could determine from a photo or any common mineral test if that rock was high in silver. There are a couple of chemical field tests that you could use but they wont tell you much. If you suspect it carries silver values you need a simple assay. Otherwise the rock is easily identifiable as a sulphide base metal ore. It is quartz and iron gossan with a polymetallic sulphide filling. If it is high in silver it will also be high in lead and other base metals too. "High grade" silver ore runs hundreds of ounces a ton. Yours is not what is considered "high grade" ore although silver may certainly be a major element in the polymetallic mix. "High grade" silver ore these days comes from Peru and is nearly solid metal. This looks more like the standard ore found throughout the west and that generally does not run anywhere near what is considered high grade silver ore. If you collected it in a silver producing area then feel satisfied that you identified the vein filling material they were mining. If you have a tonnage of the rock then send a handful of samples to be crushed, split and assayed. That is the only way you will ever be able to determine if silver is present and if so how much.
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    Prospectors Soap

    I like the goat soap because the local ladies are making it. They have long braids and big round bottoms and raise goats. So I am a big fan of goat milk products. I'd wear piss tanned moccasins if they were making them. Sometimes it is best not to ponder the goats too much and simply lather up. You know what I'm sayin'?
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    TV show Meteorite Men

    If those "fall rocks" were hot enough to set fire to "pine lumber" it would have reset the atomic clock on any nuclides they would use to date it. The heat would diffuse the nuclides in the specimen and it could not be accurately dated with radiometrics. So you are pretty much outta luck with your dating game. Too bad you don't have normal meteorites that don't get hot and can be dated, huh? They use carbon dating for carbon based life forms. It is all about carbon 14. Living things stop absorbing it when they die and then it begins to decay. Since meteorites are not carbon based and do not absorb carbon in their diets they can't be carbon dated. It is just a cold, hard fact of life. They use other radio nuclides to date rocks and minerals bob. Not radioactive carbon. Tell us again why you cant get these authenticated the usual way?
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    TV show Meteorite Men

    Kinky. I like it!
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    Prospectors Soap

    You are right Fred. It is a strange attraction or repulsion that humans have with things like tobacco and alcohol. I personally can't stand the effects of alcohol. I like to have a beer but most of the time I can't drink a whole one. I like to sip tequila but I have to stop as soon as I start feeling it. About once a year I have 2-3 beers and I always feel like crap after an hour or so. I just want to go to bed. Cigarettes and most cigars are crap. I just want away from it and I can't stand the smell. BUT... A real cigar made from properly cured leaves and rolled in a quality wrapper is one of the most delicious taste/smell experience on the planet IMHO. Common sense dictates that you should stay away from the stuff. But personally I would much rather sit and enjoy a good cigar than drink any type of alcohol. I think cured tobacco is delicious and I like the effects of the tobacco a whole lot better than the alcohol. So I like tobacco so much I can only enjoy it once every few years. Since I don't like alcohol very much I can drink as much as I want. Yeah, humans are strange.
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    TV show Meteorite Men

    They don't carbon date rocks bob. Nor caliche. Only carbon based stuff like plants and people. It's a chemical thing. Just thought you would like to know.
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    Gas Vac and new vortex separator

    Look at the Dayton high static blowers form Grainger. You can get a coated impeller for moving abrasive materials. They come in all sizes all the way up to "opal Blower" size. They are used to move all sorts of industrial materials, agricultural materials and food products. They use smaller ones on jumping balloons and noodle men at car lots. (Same thing but a much smaller impeller wheel). they use huge ones on vaccum trucks and vacuum excavators. I use one with a 14" impeller and turn it with a 5 hp. gasoline engine. It will suck the dirt right out of the hole an move it several feet straight up with a 3" hose. I use 3" clear "food pipe" that will not erode when conveying abrasives. It is the same stuff you get for a shop dust collection system. It is clear, heavy vinyl tubing with a helical steel coil that keeps it from collapsing. Dredge suction hose is generally "food pipe". You can get scrap at any agricultural processing plant or just buy it online. Instead of a vortex separator I use a series of buckets kinda like your outfit. The first is a ten gallon shop vac tub daisy chained into a five gallon with a dustless vacuum cleaner separator on top. The gold rarely passes the first bucket though. There is just fine dust and silt in #2. I experimented with using just a hose on the downstream side. The "food pipe" has the same contour as "poopy tube" and it performs the same in a dry stream of air. Instead of catching my material in a bucket I just blew it out an exhaust tube about 10 feet long and most of the gold stays right there in the tube. I just dump the exhaust tube once in a while into a bucket. The airflow over the vibrating, corrugated pipe does a fine job at trapping the gold. I call it my dry land dredge. It really sucks. It makes less noise than a leaf blower but produces a whole lot more airflow and has a bunch more static pressure. Instead of a helical vane impeller (like a leaf blower) designed for big CFM and air speed the impeller is a straight radial wheel designed for high static/pressure. Static pressure is what determines how much material is moved and how high it is lifted and not CFM or airspeed. So understanding the impeller design is very important. You need a radial wheel, high static impeller designed for moving abrasives. It will have a plastic non-abrasive coating on an aluminum wheel. You can apply a thick urethane or plastic coating like tool handle dip or bed liner on a bare wheel and it will work fine. But you have to insure that you don't ruin the balance of the wheel when you coat it. A coated wheel made for moving sand and abrasives is just a few bucks more and comes already balanced. I run my drywasher with the same blower. It is 4 stroke, quiet, and runs at about half speed with the drywasher so the engine lasts and lasts. This one blower outfit has lasted for many hundreds of hours of excavation and concentration. It does more than a leaf blower of any brand could ever do, lasts decades without problems, starts easily every time and uses no fuel mix. I got the engine new for about $125 and the blower and coated impeller cost about the same. So it does not break the bank and is professional grade mining equipment with a 100% duty rating. Leaf blowers are much more expensive in the long run if you plan on running them full time for days. They are just not designed for the duty rating that most serious operators put them through. Just my two sheckles. I got sick and tired of wearing out leaf blowers and running out of air when a tired leaf blower would not reach peak RPM. I have been using this blower for a whole bunch of years and have never had one tiny issue with it. I really enjoy having enough vacuum and pressure to work with and not having that 2 stoke screaming in my ear all day.
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    Prospectors Soap

    Howbout those Bears bro?
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    Prospectors Soap

    I'm afraid the thought of more than one stinky prospector lounging in a hot tub is more than I can handle. How about a warm lake? At least a small pond. Maybe a big hot spring? I love you man but I can feel your toes. Yuk.
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