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Made a youtube video on how to use the Baz Crack Scratcher!



No worries Harry. :) Thanks very much for the suggestion.


For Sale, Swap or Wanted (Please Read Rules First) / Baz Crevicing Tool.
« on: December 12, 2019, 02:13:04 PM »
G'day guys and gals.

I've been prospecting and fossicking for a couple of years now and as a blacksmith and cutler, I've always wanted a better tool for scratching out those gravel-packed crevices to get to the heavies on the bottom.

I have my own grinder, anvil and forge at home in my shed, so at night I have been making crevicing tools that I have developed in the field and modified over time to get it just right.

I've started to sell them to make me a bit of pocket money, put petrol in the car and get me back out fossicking.

If anyone would like one, I made a quick shop online to make it easy to grab.

Mods, I hope this is OK with you. It helps out a little guy. If all goes well, I will be developing a range of prospectors/fossickers hand-tools in the future.



Fossicking Locations / Wee Jasper
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:54:39 PM »
G'day gang!

After searching this forum for a long time, it seems that Wee Jasper has not been fossicked since around 2014.

Is it still OK to go there?

I have the NSW statewide permit, does this cover WJ?

How's the blackberry?

Any running water?

Has anyone here been there recently?



Tell Us About Yourself / Re: My Steel Iron Man suit this Sunday.
« on: April 01, 2019, 12:22:42 AM »
Today's Cancer Convoy was just freakin' AMAZING! Hundreds of trucks and motorcycles honking their horns right across the district to raise money for a great cause.

My crew and I had difficulty getting into the showgrounds in Canberra, even as we were part of the organised displays, but the police turned us around a couple of times, so in the end we joined the convoy to make it to the gate we needed.

Once inside, we set up our dressing studio and my two team roadies, James and Peter, got out the rattle guns and bolted me into the suit.

We got absolutely MOBBED all afternoon. Kids and adults alike, lining up, high fives and fist bumps, getting photos with Iron Man. Bands were playing Johnny Diesel bashed out a few tunes and lots of other entertainment, food and markets.

Big day. I'm stuffed.


Image above credit James Mouat.

My two roadies, James and Peter. James is responsible for all the electronics wiring and coding in the suit, while Peter has been my IT rock for years, hosting my builds website and solving a myriad of challenges for me when I break the internet.



Tell Us About Yourself / My Steel Iron Man suit this Sunday.
« on: March 29, 2019, 09:03:10 PM »
Convoy for Cancer Families is on this Sunday in Canberra. Trucks and Motorcycles drive the route, raising money for these families in need. The convoy ends at our showgrounds, where stalls, personalities and concerts are held for the rest of the afternoon. Iron Man included!

So, I'm flat chat tonight! Gearing up for Sunday at EPIC! 12 Noon until 3pm.

Checking the suit, making adjustments. Charging batteries and systems checks. Washing the stinky sweaty undersuit!

I've been on a crash diet for the last week and lost 3 kg. Every 100 grams I lose makes the suit more comfortable. Haircut done, to fit my rude lookin' melon into the helmet and shaving the man-beard off tonight. A new Baz for a few days.

New stickers thanks to my mate Ken!


Fossicking Locations / Grabben Gullen help please?
« on: February 21, 2019, 03:48:33 PM »
I've been to the bridge and panned around in the creek below and found nothing. Not even a spinel.

I'd like to go back and maybe walk the creek for a better spot, but I would really appreciate some help please.

Would anyone be so kind as to private message me a better place to look and sit quietly with a pan and garden trowel?

I just go to get away from the grind and the noise of people. Good for my mental health.

Many thanks,


Fossicking Locations / Re: Is Grabben Gullen dead?
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:12:14 PM »
Original deposits in most cases have been weathered away and sapphire alluvials formed in ancient rivers.  These have since been covered in sediment in seas and other lava flows. Land has risen up and new river systems have cut through the ancient alluvial deposits. Some times removing them altogether. At other times still buried under parts of old basalt flows that now are on hill sides or tops.

For eg read through

Thanks mate, that's a great read! I will make plans to visit the creeks there.


General Discussion / Snake Catching
« on: January 19, 2019, 08:26:45 PM »
It's weird you know, ever since I lost my job at parks and conservation, I have caught more snakes than I ever had to while I was there.

I've caught three at work in the last few months, all Eastern browns. Looks like they are all seeking shelter from the heat.

This little fellow was sitting next to the foot of one of our knife-making students on Thursday, the second time it had been spotted in as many days. Even the grinding, heavy boots and power hammers didn't scare it out of the workshop. Mind you, it was 45 degrees in there most of the day. It would take a lot to get me to go back out in the sun.

All three snakes were released a distance away from the buildings in river habitat where they will be OK.

Disclaimer: Please do not attempt this unless you are trained. (I am).

Eastern Brown snakes, are among the deadliest of the venomous snakes in the world. All it takes is one bite to kill a grown adult.

Video here >>>


Fossicking Locations / Re: Is Grabben Gullen dead?
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:03:27 PM »
Thanks mate.

I have a question about the source of the sapphire.

If the specimens found are tiny, broken up and off larger crystals, one would assume there is a source further upstream, (Logically). Would this source be a single lode of larger stuff at a given area, or is it in the ground, broken up all the way along the rivers?

Does the erosion bring the stuff down from higher elevations, flats and surrounding catchments, or does it just wash the top off what is already there, all along the river?

Some specimens I have found in other places have a hexagonal cross section, like they are a slice from a large crystal. Where are these crystals?

I hear, "No-one really knows" all the time and think, I'm being fed a line - surely someone knows? How long have humans been mining this stuff?

Then I think, if someone does know, then surely it would all be gone?


Fossicking Locations / Is Grabben Gullen dead?
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:39:50 PM »
I read all about Grabben Gullen on this forum and others over a year ago now. Early last year I gave it a go, just upstream and around the bridge.

Nil, Zero, zilch, nada, nuffin.

Not even a spinel.

What's the go? All the other threads on GG seem quite old. Is there any up-to-date information on it?


Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: What scales for weighing gold?
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:41:38 PM »
Thanks @Bucket and @Harryopal. Good advice.



Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: What scales for weighing gold?
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:47:08 PM »
Thanks mate. I bought one on ebay today.

As for the other questions....?


Ask a "Silly" Question / What scales for weighing gold?
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:45:08 PM »
New to this.

How do you go about weighing gold? What sort of scales? Where would a beginner get reasonable scales?

How much gold would you amass before taking it to a dealer? Also, I know nothing about dealers and what to do with future finds.


Fossicking Locations / Re: Cotter Caves, Canberra - What's there?
« on: September 02, 2018, 08:55:06 PM »
Thank you Jimnyjerry.

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