Hmm my son just gave me one of those fancy digital scales so I will see if I can take some photos of gold from my claims and dated from 1970 through until 1994 with some later. I will also put up the locations for anyone to consider trying there. One of our claims is now taken but the other two are not and both are still rich though the easier pickings are long gone.
I am absolutely loving all this gold porn!!
@Gavzilla a truly inspiring amount from public areas! Good to know the public spots can produce some decent colour.
Yes I aggree…nice shiney nuggs Gavizzilla and co…here’s some from last few trips!
Pretty Southland Nuggs
what the heck that is just beautiful thanks for sharing man i just got full top up of the fever seeing that//////,awwwww
Gezzzz…If I start I wont know where/when to stop.
Ok…lets start with some rough reefy Coromandel gold. Sniped, sluiced, dredged. Yes dredged & I did get into trouble for it.
Bit of very fine gold from my highbanker that I made. This was just downstream in the Ohinemuri River from the Karangahake mines & gold lost in the tailings from those stamper mills.
Sluice box gold from a small creek up in those Coro hills. Had to get the whole creeks water flow down the box to get the sluice to do its thing. Even then I had to classify it to -10mm.
Good result for a Coro creek with some nice little specimen bits.
The above gold was all from the same little creek & sluice box set up over a few missions.
To be continued…
I would love to see more of that Corro Gold to keep me enthusiastic… I was supposed to be up there now for two weeks
Here you go then Julian.
This is another sluice box set up & another one that I made. I was selling these on trademe a few years back. I taped some polythene on to the flare so I could get every scarick of water going down the box due to the small creek & piddly flow of water.
Set it up in the creek & proceeded to dam it all up getting a good seal with the polythene.
Ready for action
Notice the cross over current caused by the flare just above the ribbed rubber mat. I always wondered if this would cause a drop out zone with the conflicting flow.
Again having to classify to -10mm so the weak flow would let the box do its job. Home made sieve bucket set up. Photos showing the sieve bucket are from another mission else where.
With the bucket filled with -10mm classified material.
It allowed the weak flow of water to do its job down the box. The low flow also helped in finer gold retention.
The result from one clean up on this day.
Close up of the bigger bit to show the character
Another clean up
To be continued:
Thanks JW… Some good tips there for the low flow creeks, I like the classifier bucket idea looks easier to use than the standard classifier I have. Some nice pieces of Gold there I would Love to find a specimen piece like that… so far I have only found very small pieces up Coro but to be honest I haven’t run much dirt yet just random panning to find places to target with the sluice at a later date.
Great pics Jasepi…thanks for sharing
Well isn’t that a lovely sight
Hi Julian. The sieve bucket I made using a 10mm drill bit & drilled holes about 100mm up from the bottom & the bottom. The secret with using it is not to put too much material in to start with. One shovel full at a time. 2 at most. As you agitate the sieve bucket inside the holding bucket, lift it up slowly while agitating. The water will draw down through the material aiding significantly in its fairly quick operation. Works a bloody treat & you don’t need to keep monitoring the box cleaning out bigger stones & rocks that stuff up the water flow & get jammed up clogging riffles & eddying out material from behind the riffles.
You need to get down to bedrock in the Coro & have a means of cleaning up the bottom very thoroughly, Crevice Sucker. Or small suction dredge, but you get in trouble for using those. That white pipe in my photo is a 2" crevice sucker I made from PVC pipe that worked a charm.
Here is a smaller version sucking out a crevice up the Lyell & dumping the sucked up material direct into the pan. You will notice by my left foot the nosey parker attachment with 12mm copper pipe that goes up inside that slip on socket that in turn fits on to the end of the crevice sucker. The copper going up inside creates a retention chamber for collecting finer material sucked up out of smaller/thinner cracks & crevices & that material unable to fall back out again. Until you pull thr retention chamber off the end of the sucker & dump the material into your box.I will put up a photo of that principle after these pics.
Dumping in the pan
Gold panned out from that crevice
Some of my home made gear:
Little sniffer bottle
35mm crevice sucker & retention chamber used in the above crevice
50mm crevice sucker & retention chamber
Make your own crevice sucker with retention chamber. This is what I copied to make mine out of PVC.
Good luck out there
Very nice colour Jasepi.67 Is that from just putting material down that box straight from the creek or is it from running dredge concentrates? Cheers
The crevice sucker is actually not a sniffer but a Snifter, at least that is the original name for them. The first ones in New Zealand were made by a small group of hobby miners who began at teh very beginning of the 1950s.
This is one of the very first ones made and shows the designand what they were made of. Iknow that Dad, my Uncle and a couple of other guys bought every vintage car tyre pump to convert them into snifter using plans they had seen in American magazines.
They are solid and heavy and today I seem to have a lot of beaten and battered vintage car tyre pumps in various stages of ruination. This one is 60 years old and as you can see the body is a car tyre pump, the handle is a Stanley chisel handle, the shaft is a length of brass rod, threaded and the nozzle a length of brass pipe with a couple of other plumbing fittings to complete it. This particular one has sat about for all those years and was a ‘spare’ so it still has not been christened.
The fines are what was left over from a 2week trip that I cleaned up in my eze sluice…there was a bit of dredging involved but mostly just buckets and shovels through a bigger sluice
Hi Graeme, I knew that would get a bite from you, it always does I was expecting it. Hope you are keeping well.