collapse

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - ia1nw22

Pages: [1] 2
1
Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Possibly Silly Question from Newbie
« on: December 30, 2019, 06:42:18 PM »
Hi and welcome Cherub
There's two old Books that I'd recommend :-
Australian & New Zealand Gemstones , how & where to find them . Edited by Bill Myatt


The Australian gemhunters guide , by K.J Buchester .
You'll have to hunt ebay & such & 2nd hand book stores , but it'll be worth the effort


Cheers   beers

2
Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: Christmas
« on: December 19, 2019, 06:59:18 PM »
 I'd also like to wish " all " a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year , hopefully with Rain to fill our Tanks and renew our burnt surrounds .
Cheers  Iain

3
Wanted / Re: gem rough Darwin to Broome
« on: May 09, 2019, 06:31:49 PM »
Diamonds , Garnets , Agates ( in the loose alluvials ) can be found below the diversion dam . Try Buttons gap . Fossil deposit across the river . Fishing can be good too , but always !! watch for the snapping handbags !!!!
A boat is essential for the best agates that are right at the bottom of the reach on the left hand side .
All the gullies/creeks in the area produce Agates . Middle ck , before the halls ck turn off , is a perfect example , but they tend to be in total nodule form & are hard to find .
Good luck

4
Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cooking Matrix Opal
« on: April 12, 2019, 03:26:49 PM »
Blast and humbug
if you want that recipe Tinker , email me & I'll send it to you
cheers

5
Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Cooking Matrix Opal
« on: April 10, 2019, 05:22:55 PM »
Hi Tinker
have just put my late uncles matrix opal cooking recipe in the gallery .
hope it helps
cheers

6
General Discussion / Re: throw screen mesh
« on: April 10, 2019, 05:08:49 PM »
Hi Milo
I was a throw screener for a lot of years and I can assure you 1/8" is too small .
about an inch for the top screen and 5mm for the bottom one .
you'll still get your small sapphires , but most importantly you'll get rid of the dirt and clay that muddies the wash water .
Cheers

7
Tips, Gadgets & Brag Board. / Re: What are these gadgets?
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:24:04 PM »
First one is definitely a Trommel
The second a grinder or buffer
And the 3rd a Sluice
And I wonder if the Sluice attaches to the Trommel to catch any "FINE" Gold ?

8
Fossicking Locations / Re: Opalton claims
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:09:05 PM »
 If you need to check if a claim is current in Qld ,
Go online

Go to the Qld Dept' of natural resources , mines & energy
Find , Public searches for resource authorities , down on the right .
Find , resource authority public report .
Enter the Claim number .
Submit . And it's status is there .
If it is a very old claim it probably won't be in the computer data base .
The mines Dept' people in Winton were always very help full and are the first people to take any inquiries too .
Hope this helps
Good Noodling

9
Location of the Month / Grump's Gully Tomahawk Creek
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:37:42 AM »
A new spot at the fossicking area of Tomahawk Ck , Qld
Co ord's  S: 23*20'40.1"  E 147*28'42.6"
Cross the entrance grid , then turn right onto the "flat" where a lot of fossickers camp .
Veer right & follow the main track . This is the Feather Bed . Follow the track
[size=78%]to extensive diggings , veer left , cross the dry creek , then continue straight and another dry creek and more diggings appear on your left . keep those diggings on your left , go to the end , veer right and take the first ,only , turn off to the left . this winds though the prickly scrub and bush to the fence line . Go another 50m and that's as close as you'll get by vehicle track .[/size]
[/size][size=78%]The rest of the way is walk or Bush bash .[/size]
[/size][size=78%]4x4 only . Tracks are Rocky and washed out in places so beware .[/size]
[/size]Grumpy's Gully is virtually untouched and good Stone awaits the intrepid[size=78%]


10
Shows and Events / Re: GEMORAMA
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:55:09 PM »
GOOD ONYA BOB .
EXCELLENT PIC'S  .
LOVE TO BE THERE , BUT TOO CHILLY FOR ME .  brrr
CHEERS
IAIN 

11
Trip Talk / Re: Darwin Parking
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:29:21 PM »
Hi Mouse
I'm not in the NT anymore but may have contacts that may help.
Let me know if you still need assistance and I'll see what I can do.
Cheers
ia1nw22

12
Trip Talk / Re: Kununurra WA
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:00:14 PM »
Hi
       I read this post on Kununurra and thought I'd put my bit in .
I worked with a prospecting Co , based there . Our camp was at Buttons crossing /Buttons gap on the Parry ck Rd , which is accessed via the Valentines spring Rd . We were searching for Diamonds ..
       I f you go there you will find a number of old concrete pads . These are from our Plant site , down near the water . And our camp , up on the high bank .
       Agates can be found on any of the stony flood planes and if you have a Boat there are some good ones down stream .
       Where the River is shallow , there used to be an old Tree stump . We used to Pan for , and find small Garnets there .
       Quite a bit of Wash from the area was put through our Plant to test it on occasions , and Diamonds were always found . All the Geologists considered them not worn down enough to have come from Argyle , so great lengths were taken by many companies to find there source . As far as I know the consensus was that the Kimberlite pipe must be under the Argyle lake itself . Forever lost ..
       Back to Buttons gap . Upstream , past the big sand hill are good rock bars that must trap the heavies . Across the River there is a rock bar that continues down stream for quite a way . this was marked as a Fossil bar on our Geologists maps , but we never tested it out .
       We used to Fish in our spare time in those days , and Rocks were just something we worked with , or Spec'd by accident , so I've never really fossicked the place by hand .
       I don't know what the access is like these days as I haven't been back in almost 20 years . But you do need a 4wd if you're going to go down the hill to the Riverside and the sand upstream can be treacherous .
        It's a beautiful spot , and the Fishing excellent when I lived there .
        Don't camp right next to the water in case they open the Diversion Dam gates . And be Crocodile aware . Those snapping Handbags are real !
       Good Fossicking
       iainw22

13
Tips and Gadgets / Re: Mesh
« on: January 20, 2017, 12:46:55 PM »
G'day Rick
Don't know if you've got your Mesh yet . But there's an Engineering place in Rubyvale that carries it .
I got some off cuts recently for a project . 4mm x 4mm stainless that will last 4 ever . But it's not cheap .
I think the place is called Rudy's Engineering , just ask at the Hardware or the Shop , they'll head you in the right direction .
Cheers Iain    beers

14
Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: Opalton
« on: January 01, 2017, 12:46:36 PM »
G'day Bosssy
I've just handed my claim in at Opalton and have been going there for a number of years ..
There was still a lot of water around , when I was there in October and all the big Miners had parked up their gear , and there camps deserted .
There is still colour to be found there . The Brilliant claim is just one , but perhaps  the Best . The local Miners turn and add to the piles there , and if you're patient , you can do well .


Noodling will produce colour , esp after rain . But it does take awhile to get the Eyeballs tuned in ...
My advice , would be , Camp at the Bush Park . Noodle around , and try and meet some of the locals
They are good folks in the main , and will usually let you Noodle their claims  once they know you ..
The Bush Park costs $2 a night and has rough Huts and a Donkey shower .
But it goes without saying .. Stay away from Pegged land .. some people get very Cranky ..


There are also tracks going Hell , West and Crooked from there , that lead to abandoned mines , but a good 4WD is essential , and there's no Phone service , so plan and prepare well .
Hope this helps in your search for Colour ..
Cheers Iain   beers


15
Shows and Events / Re: Minerama
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:22:10 AM »
    What an excellent event
                      We spent friday and sunday morning there , and there was everything , from Age old
fossils , to man made Gems , and everything in between , including ''Mehoose'' rough Opal :) of all kinds..
                      All the stall holders we talked to were very friendly and helpfull , and the whole thing is a credit to everyone that helped make it happen .
                       BUT . We camped at 3 Waters for the weekend , and fossicked with limited success on the
Saturday . Minerama had a field trip there too , on the saturday .
                        The guide sat in the car the whole day & read a book . Giving no guidance or help to his charges . Then when they left the property , 3 sets of seives , that the landowner had supplied , were not returned , they were brand new .
                         The land owner is not amused , and I wonder if this is the way field trips should be run
I'll leave the answer to that ,  up to you all .
Toodaloo

Pages: [1] 2

* Sponsor

HTML Online Editor Sample

ALF is hosted by Aussie Sapphire as a free service to the Lapidary community.

Visit our website here
Phone 1800 50 21 40
Or find us on Facebook

Recent Activities

Stanthorpe tips or general topaz fossicking help by Jeff
[Today at 12:30:54 AM]


UltraTech VL by slomoshun
[January 23, 2020, 07:03:54 AM]


Hey guys I'm in brisbane and looking for a faceting machine for mainly sapphires by Aussie Sapphire
[January 22, 2020, 01:10:58 PM]


Can you refreash laps? by FlashGP
[January 22, 2020, 08:08:33 AM]


Help with gemmasta and equiment identification by FlashGP
[January 21, 2020, 08:57:16 PM]


facet cutting speed by FlashGP
[January 20, 2020, 07:17:09 PM]


The old jasper farm coomera by Dihusky
[January 18, 2020, 11:30:35 AM]


Joke of the Day by MALACHI
[January 15, 2020, 05:09:34 PM]


Help How to spot a Fake by steve f
[January 12, 2020, 06:56:36 PM]


Slab Saws are available by Jimnyjerry
[January 12, 2020, 11:51:50 AM]


saw blades...which one to buy??? by Zooti
[January 11, 2020, 08:42:41 PM]


Buying a slab saw by glot
[January 11, 2020, 08:27:08 PM]

* Calendar

January 2020
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 [24] 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 51
  • Dot hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 0

There aren't any users online.

* Find us on Facebook

* Forum Stats

  • stats Total Members: 4193
  • stats Total Posts: 55258
  • stats Total Topics: 5900
  • stats Total Categories: 6
  • stats Total Boards: 27
  • stats Most Online: 773