delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Outstanding AZ Specimen!
I had a customer that bought a detector a while back stop by my office this morning. When he came in I noticed he was carrying a large, leather pouch. He also had a big smile, and after he opened the bag I knew why. Inside was one of the prettiest Arizona specimens I have seen in a long time. The entire piece weighed in at over 7-ounces and was covered in gold. We didn’t have time to do an SG test, but I would estimate that there was approx.. 4-ounces of metal in the rock. It was a gorgeous piece, and I want to thank him again for bringing it by and letting me photograph it…Have a great weekend everyone!
delnorter reacted to smithsgold in Frozen Road Gold
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Metal Detecting Frozen Bedrock in the middle of the road in the heart of the California Motherlode.
Jeff and Gary ( Two Toe's ) are in search of bedrock outcroppings in the area of old Gold Rush workings.
The Fortyniners worked this area during the California Gold Rush lets see what they missed !!!!
Please Remember to always fill in your holes after digging
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Old patch gives up more nuggets!
I was able to get out this past weekend for some detecting. I decided to revisit an old patch of mine here in Arizona that had given me at least 40 nuggets over the years. It was a good spot, but I had pounded it to death. My last visit with the GPX-4500 only produced three targets for me; all of which were bullets. I didn’t have much hope this trip, but I figured if I beat the brush and swung nice and slow, I should be able to squeak out a few more targets.
Well, I got targets all right, and luckily a majority of them were yellow. The sensitivity of GPZ 7000 absolutely blows me away! I found myself scratching out tiny flakes of gold in the dirt around my old holes! I couldn’t believe it, but by the end of the day I had accumulated a nice handful of little gold. I hit 17 pieces for a total weight of 3.5-grams. I was happy that my trustee GPX didn’t pass over any nuggets of size, but it definitely proved that the technology inside the 7000 allows it to see gold in mineralized ground that other machines simply can’t.
Here are a few photos of the gold, along with one that I believe are the remains of a good-sized snake. The only portion missing was the head; kinda neat.
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Gorgeous AZ Specimen!
This beautiful quartz/gold specimen was found by a customer of mine that dropped by last week to pick up a new detector. He found it while metal detecting near the LDMA Camp of Stanton, AZ. This piece tipped the scales at over 7-ounces, with an estimated gold content of approx. 4-ounces! This picture is low quality, but it’s still easy to see what an attractive piece it is.
I wanted to thank this prospector not only for the business, but for allowing me to share with you all here. Thanks again - keep it up!
delnorter reacted to Jennifer Bond in Anyone running a Heckler trommel?
Hi peeps... anyone else here running a Heckler Fabrication 2410V trommel? I've had a Heckler 10" x 10' 4 stage (over under) high banker since 2011 and love it, just picked up one of his trommels, anyone else running one? Let' share tips n tricks.
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Happy Birthday Craig!
I wanted to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my good buddy Barstow Craig who is 61 years young. We have been friends for well over a decade, and have dug gold together all across AZ and CA. Thanks for all the memories amigo, I hope you find that multi-ounce birthday nugget today!
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Customer's GPZ finds!
Here is a great testimonial I just got from a very happy customer. He picked up the Minelab GPZ 7000 a while back and is off to an amazing start! I sure appreciate the feedback and the great photos. Keep up the good work!
“Hi Chris, been out with the 7000 four times now. 6 grams the first trip, nothing the 2nd trip, found the quartz/gold specimen on the 3rd trip, and 5 grams on the last trip. Been real happy with the 7000, finding more gold than ever before!”
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Social Distance Gold
I hope all of you are doing well and keeping your sanity during this crazy virus lockdown. It’s been slow at the shop, so I’ve been spending a bit of time out in the sunshine chasing gold with my detector. What a perfect hobby for social distancing!
Here are a few nuggets that I picked up earlier this month. They were all found with the GPX-4500 and Nugget Finder 15” EVO Coil. They were all very deep and in places I had walked before. The only thing I can guess is that prior to my visit it had really rained out there in the desert. The surface was dry, but down a few inches the soil still had moisture in it, so I’m guessing that helped carry the signal and make these nuggets easier to hear. Check out the weird toothpick shaped piece! I was totally convinced it was going to be a nail; instead I got a nice surprise. Total weight for the hunt was about 6-grams.
I’ve also been getting some great customer finds photos which I will also be posting up soon. Stay safe out there everyone & happy hunting!
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Nice chunky piece! Almost a 1/2 oz.
This amazing find comes from another great friend and customer. He recently scored this beautiful 10-grammer with his Minelab GPZ 7000 here in Arizona. From the short video clip he also sent, the hole looked at least about 20” deep, maybe more. What a gorgeous nugget – well done!!!
I wanted to personally thank everyone that has been sending me photos of their recent finds. Not only do I love seeing this stuff, I know our forum & social media followers do too! Please keep them coming!
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Friend scores a new Nugget Patch!!!
This beautiful spread of nuggets was found recently by a good friend of mine here in the southwest. He said that the entire patch fit inside a 200 square-foot oval piece of ground. Everything was found with his Minelab GPZ 7000. The nuggets all appear to be fairly rough with some attached host rock. What amazes me is the variation in color amongst the gold. Some nuggets appear more orangish suggesting copper, while the others look to have more silver in them. It makes me wonder if everything came from the same vein, or if perhaps there were several different stringers that all combined to form the patch. Either way this is a heck of a nice haul and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy!
He asked to remain anonymous, so I won’t say much other than he is a true inspiration. He is dealing with some major health issues that would have had most folks bed ridden and depressed. Instead he is out there digging holes in the desert making the most out of each day. He is an amazing guy whom I’m proud to call a friend. As the Ozzies would say, “Good on ya mate!”
delnorter reacted to Jennifer Bond in Don't walk away Renee.... detect, even if not detecting.....
To the rest of you... have a wonderful, save and happy New Year..... may you find lots of gold next year.
delnorter reacted to Jennifer Bond in Don't walk away Renee.... detect, even if not detecting.....
WOW... had a serious blond moment on the weekend, sharing in the hopes it saves you doing the same... LOL
I own several parcels of land in various rich areas and have had an ongoing issue with ATV'ers (that I won't get into, answer questions about etc here). Well this weekend I thought I'd try out the new Kubota and decommission one of the roads through the property (yes, I know they can go around, I"m giving them an indicator it's private land, I have no false beliefs it will stop them, this is one step in many that the Sheriff and I are taking to resolve this issue).... well as I was preparing to dig, my neighbor says to me "where's your detector"... I'm like "At home, today is a Kubota day, not detecting day silly" TOTALLY failing to make the connection that if you dig a hole in gold country for ANY reason, you don't walk away from it without swinging coil.... and went about my business..... within an hour of finishing, I watched two people (Yes, I know who you both are and I'd recommend taking Don's advise re what he said to you when he saw you loading up, you didn't see me like you told him, but I did see you, the Sheriff has both your names (J & W and photos of your ATV/bike and tread patterns..grin)...you were both vapor trails by the time I'd got to where you stopped, I didn't know a Suburban with a trailer could travel so fast..LOL) but I digress. 🤣
I get home and am chatting with a friend... and of course hear... "Did you check the trench before leaving?" OK.. now I'm really thinking "dang..." so it was late, I left it.... and went back the next morning.....
It's wild having swung on ground so long where you have to listen so hard to every little faint sound "is that a nugget, is that one" to squeek out one or two and then go to a freshly dug trench, step down into the trench of virgin dirt and BLAAAAAAAAAA BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BLAAAAAAAAAAAAA blowing your ear off like it would have been for the old timers with the first detectors... Yea, I guess I'm calling SD and early detectorists old timers now.. lol.
Anyway... the moral of the story... if you are playing on your tractor in gold country..... "Don't walk away Renee", you may be leaving almost 4 grams behind for trespassers to find.... lol
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Great Outing with Big Bug Mining District
I had a great time this past Saturday hanging out with one of my favorite Arizona prospecting clubs; the Big Bug Mining District. The club invited me to come and speak on the topic of metal detecting, and check out the newest mining claims that they staked. We had a good turnout of members, despite the chilly and muddy conditions. I was happy to see many familiar faces, along with quite a few new ones. After spending some time covering the basics of detecting most everyone scattered to go find the $1 coins that had been hidden on the claims, which were redeemable for real nuggets.
This was my second time speaking to the club and I enjoyed it just as much. They are a wonderful group of folks and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a small, personal club located in the central AZ region. For more information visit their website at: www.bigbugminingdistrict.com. Thank you again Owen, Kurt, Gail and the rest of the gang for the invite, I had a great time! See you all again soon!
delnorter reacted to Gerard in Weekend Success; added a few more grams
Wonderful Chunky Nuggets there diggin deep holes hidden beneeth the trash! Proving that persistence pays off in the end!!!
One time I dug an old Miners enameled plate down three and a half feet that had a wonderful sweet signal with my GPX4500. I had to come back a week later with a shovel to finish the job! I could only get down 2.5 feet with only çvv v my pick... I was hoping for a one pound nugget!!! Lol! all that it was a beat up miners Plate
As for the Schilling Lid... it could have been a number of food products.
Schilling sold dc Coffee, baking soda and spices. I found in one article that in 1916 Schilling came out with “Schillings Best”.
AUGUST SCHILLING arrived in San Francisco from Germany in 1870 at 16 years of age and soon entered the service of J. A. Folger & Co. Schilling’s great drive, initiative and intelligence won him early recognition. About the time he became legally of age, he was made a partner in the business, and the firm name was changed to Folger, Schilling & Co.
Late in 1879 George F. Volkmann was employed by Folger, Schilling & Co. as shipping clerk and soon attracted the attention of the partners. In 1881 Folger and Schilling decided to separate. Each of them offered Volkmann a partnership and he accepted Schilling’s offer. Folger continued the business and resumed the firm name of J. A. Folger & Co., under which it operates to this day.
The partnership of A. Schilling & Company was formed on September 8, 1881, with August Schilling having a two-thirds interest. At that time both men were 27 years old, having been born in or near Bremen, Germany, in February 1854. However, they were not known to each other while there.
Their first business location was at 122 Davis Street, San Francisco, where they engaged in the processing of coffee, tea, baking powder, spices, extracts and some other unrelated products which they supplied to the grocery trade. Many grades were offered and, as was the custom of the time, all were adulterated in varying degrees. For example, coffee was mixed with chicory, tea was artificially colored, cinnamon was mixed with almond shells, etc. However, their Pioneer Baking Powder was pure, consisting of refined grape cream of tartar and Englishbicarbonate of soda. The label on the can pictured a typical miner of 49er days bearing a pickax on his shoulder.
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Weekend Success; added a few more grams
I got out for some detecting over the weekend and came home a few grams heavier. I went down to the desert and it was actually warmer than I thought it would be this time of year. I think on Saturday it was every bit of 85 or more. I dug so many junk targets which is probably why it felt so warm. Some of the holes were as deep as 24”!
I came up with a total of four nuggets for 3 grams. I kept chasing those deep, deep targets hoping that one would be a multi-ouncer. Well no big lumps, but I accumulated an amazing collection of rusty nails if anyone is interested I also came across this cool old metal lid. It says Shillings Best. Any ideas what it could be from? I thought perhaps a tobacco can?
delnorter reacted to Chris Gholson in Backyard Surprise!
I thought I’d share this funny story with you guys. The other day I went out to water my garden. I have several hoses around the yard that I have hooked up on old wheels. This works really well and keeps the hose up off the ground and out of the way. The only downside; I discovered it makes a great hiding place. As I reached for the hose something looked wrong and instinctively I jerked my hand away. The hose was looking at me; only it wasn’t a hose, but a four foot Bull snake! He had wrapped himself around it and blended in perfectly. Man, you want to talk about getting the blood pumping! Luckily not a rattler, but he sure gave me a scare…Be safe out there everyone, these critters are definitely on the move.