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  2. Smithsgold

    Bedrock Gold

    Bedrock Gold Jeff and Gary ( Two Toes ) take you on an Adventure to find Bedrock Crevices filled with Placer Gold in the California Motherlode. Watch as Gary pulls out Gold Nuggets from the Bedrock and Jeff trys a little Sniping for Gold . SG012
  3. Smithsgold

    Hydraulic Pit Gold

    Hydraulic Pit Gold Prospecting for Gold Nuggets in an Old Hydraulic Pit in the Heart of the California Motherlode. The Old Timers didn't get it all watch as Jeff and Gary (Two Toes) find Hidden Gold Nuggets in the Bedrock Crevices with Metal Detectors. SG 011 Watch our other Prospecting video's and check out Gary's Channel ( Two Toes ) Thanks, Jeff
  4. I have found some very interesting places to explore in Alberta Canada,acutely I was sent some coordinates of some mounds that could hold some diamonds. So have decided to make the jump from being a hobbyist gold diamond prospector to a full-time businessman so I am looking for Investors YOU can contact me at timothyhallezmt@gmail.com or phone me (587)930-6800
  5. IdahoJim

    River Detecting for Gold Nuggets

    Thanks, Jeff, and Congratulations on a nice nugget, and beating Gary....LOL Jim
  6. River Detecting for Gold See who gets the Biggest Nugget Gold Prospector's Jeff ( Smithsgold ) and Gary ( Two Toes ) Head to the Hills in search of rare Gold Nuggets. Watch and see who gets the most Gold and the Biggest Nugget. SG 010
  7. Are you processing / panning the samples from the drill directly in the field or do you log and collect them in bags for offsite processing? Its good to hear that the drill / sampling results are repeatable from auger holes in close proximity. Often, then only statement on gold grades comes from counting the colors in a pan. With the time and effort spent in the field to execute the drlling, a more detailed analysis of the placer gold sample may be justified though, i.e. using an optical image analysis process, which basically replaces the observers eye vision with a systematical process, that counts gold particles, calculates their weight (and thus the gold grade) and produces data on the particle size distribution and shape. The drill sample would still have to be panned to a common pan concentrate volume (thumbsize or so) and should not contain any shiny sulfides (like pyrite), but that's normally not the case in placer deposits. The optical image analysis might be a good fit for anyone involved in professional placer exploration, i.e. drilling programs: www.higrade.tech Regards, Jonas
  8. Dwight Williams - LNW

    Torch Assay Folks

    Timothy, It is very interesting, at least from my viewpoint. I wish I could spend all my hours of the day looking for gold, but my other jobs seem to get in the way. There is defintly a reason why gold's value is so high.😂 It is a lot of fun when you track down a gold-bearing ore body and actually make money from it, a very satisfying process.
  9. Smithsgold

    Two Minutes to BLM

    Two Minutes to BLM join Jeff on the adventure of taking the Annual Assessment paperwork in to the Sacramento BLM office.
  10. Timothy W Hall

    SB 145

    I live in Alberta Canada and have followed from afar this dispute and wonder how I can support the cause because California could be a good place for winter prospecting
  11. Timothy W Hall

    Torch Assay Folks

    that's interesting
  12. Timothy W Hall

    To claim, or not to claim

    Did you try to locate the alleged company that is sending the ownership fees Timothy
  13. Two Minutes with Two Toes Heavy Gravel Gary talks about what to look for in the Gravel's when looking for Gold !!!! Video Number 1 of the Two Minute series
  14. I'm trying to identify two pieces of equipment, a Jaw Crusher and an Impact Mill. Both were made by a mfr operating in vicinity of Frazier Park, CA back in the late 1960's to 1970's. Mfr used alum foil type nameplates and they have weathered off. The color of both is navy-blue. All of the construction was from steel plate, bar &/or rod, welded together, with no cast parts. As I remember it the mfr made other stuff, like shaker tables with fiberglass decks, force amalgamators, hammer mills, etc. He also did custom ore sample milling demonstrating his shaker tables and mills. He had to have been in in his late 50's, or older, when I visited one time in middle 70's. Can any of you old timers remember that far back to help me? He might have (read that probably did) run ads in California Mining journal when it still had a yellow cover. Does the CMJ have a morgue going that far back, or any body that might have old copies from that time frame that might have his ads?
  15. Dwight Williams - LNW

    Torch Assay Folks

    At a 30,000' objective interpretation, I would tend to agree with you. However, the Torch Assay itself is a very accurate method of determination of noble metal concentrations. The inaccuracies which can and do occur regardless of the method used to perform precious metal values is solely based upon the material and methods used to sample the so described sample. I, for one, have a basic opinion on anyone's assay for claim evaluation as about as worthless as used toilet paper. Anybody who is selling a claim or providing an evaluation of a claim with even the word "Assay" is either a fool or a liar. Any Assay is only as accurate as of the material and process in which is used to perform the Assay. Even if you have multiple Assay houses perform a reasonably same value assessment, it still really has no bearing upon the actual value of the ground that you are attempting to mine. For example, in my pictures below, this is a mine we had sampled and eventually ran. The vein is about 42-48" across, the vein being any values above .05 OPT. The extremely high concentration is only about 1/8" wide stringers. However, looking at the ore body, I would have not expected the high concentration to be where it was found. By using the Torch Assay method, which included well over 100 Assay's within a 42" span, we were able to accurately determine the values and map them accordingly. If we had used standard Fire Assays, which we do as well, we would have a tremendous amount of cost, labor, and time, and that's us doing this ourselves. For a small miner relying upon an outside Assayer, they would have been looking at well over $6,000 and a lot of time spent. Using the Torch Assay method provides an ability to perform testing directly on site at the exact specific ore you are looking at that moment. Every ore body is different, however more times than not, the gold values are usually running in small areas within the vein; unfortunately, it's hard to extract 1/8" veinlets from the mountain. This mine we have been able to recover around 2.75+ OPT by following the specific vein features. The reason I chose these pictures specifically, is because you would generally follow the color bands to accompany the concentrations. However, this particular vein we have continued to track, and the gold concentration moved sideways outside of the color bands, something I haven't' generally seen before. Using the Torch Assay method allowed us real-time assessment without having increased cost in material removal and processing and then determine later that we weren't' high grading as had been planned. Anytime I perform a multitude of Torch Assay's and narrow down the values; it is then always followed up with multiple Fire Assay's. Anything less, in my opinion, would be unprofessional as well as unproductive and costly.
  16. That is the question. After a few years of research and prospecting, I have found an old abandoned claim, that looks promising. This claim has been officially declared as abandoned by the state, and on the states abandoned mine registry. After looking for a week I have found no corner markers, nor location marker, in addition the metes and bounds method required to describe the location was not met. However, the BLM reports that the claimant is sending in his $155.00 every year and is an "active" claim. After paying a mining attorney to review all the paperwork and other pertinent info, I was told that it is an invalid claim, as state law says that if a mine ia abandoned the claim is no longer valid, and can proceed with filing a claim over the other claim. Per State Law, "Rights of relocator. The rights of a relocator of any relocated abandoned or forfeited mining claim date from the posting of the relocator's notice of location on the claim, and while the relocator is performing the acts required by law to perfect the location, the relocator's rights may not be affected by any reentry or resumption of work by the former locator or claimant." The terms “abandoned and void”, “null and void,” “void ab initio” and “forfeited” have the same effect in these regulations. What do you think? File a claim or not? And why or why not?
  17. Reno Chris

    James ( Jim ) Beckwourth Museum and Cabin

    Been a lot of years, but I took my daughter there once. Chris
  18. Reno Chris

    Torch Assay Folks

    Torch assays can be a rough,ballpark type of tool in estimating precious metals concentrations. They will not be accepted by companies looking to purchase any claims you have staked.
  19. Smithsgold

    Recirculating Sluice

    I had it set up and running pretty good I just seem to never have the free time to run it !!!!! How's yours doing ?
  20. Beckwourth Museum The James Beckwourth Museum is a well preserved 1850`s log cabin, believed to be the third such cabin built by James Beckwourth as a trading post and `hotel` in the Sierra Valley. The cabin is constructed of `V` notched logs of the type used in the area where Beckwourth grew up. Just some of James Occupation's, blacksmith, frontiersman, trapper, fur trader, explorer, wrangler, soldier, courier, wagon master, gambler, rancher, hotel keeper, trader, store keeper, rancher, author, scout
  21. Dwight Williams - LNW

    Torch Assay Folks

    Hi Folks, I'm a new member here but have been subscribing and watching the forum for many years. I've been seeing the decline in activity, so I thought I would join and help stimulate some activity, as long as my gold ain't' stolen while I'm here posting, all will be good. 😁 I have been curious as to how many of you know of and use Torch Assaying? I trained under the late Charles Butler and have not seen hardly any indications, at least in public areas of people performing their own torch assays. It has been the most valuable asset in my bag of prospecting tools that I have to date and just wondering who else is using this invaluable process. Happy Prospecting, Dwight
  22. Scott Harn - Editor

    Small Miner's Amendment to NDAA

    Thanks Robert.
  23. Robert P Miles

    Small Miner's Amendment to NDAA

    I have just read the full text of the NDAA Proposal for the second time and urge all other members to do the same (at least once). Do try to get the word out to other small miners as to the outstanding work being done on our behalf. I am 74 and as excited as I am about the progress made, I am sorry to see that these agencies will be given up to two years in many cases to "right the ship". As with many of you, I have been fighting this wrong since 1994. That being said, I sincerely thank PLP, Scott Harn, and Clark Pearson.
  24. Khrysos

    Reviews On Vortex Dream Mat

    We have had great success w/ mines in Australia actually eliminating their cyanide leach, because the Dream mats were capturing such a high % that what was left over to leach was unprofitable. Plus we are seeing huge success w/ beach miners who are feeling compared to the standard conveyor belt matting, its night & day. We have crusher companies mounting the crushers on top of the sluices & liquidizing the crushing in a single run getting great fine gold recovery. We have wash plants in Alberta reducing their cons w/ before finial clean w/ great results, reducing the finishing load by 10x. In short it has been very interesting to see the market acceptance of the Dream Mat in fine gold recovery.
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