We are mining at the BUTTERFLY MINE now, in part because there’s a shortage of qualified specimen extractors for that “other” project which is labor-intensive, and the drop in market prices for the scepters, likely due to huge dumping of cheap similar crystals by the Chinese as much as the African influential production.
As an additional guide for our many quartz collectors, dealers, and researchers, I’m including here the best study I could find on quartz crystal forms. (Crystallography)
Our NEW domestic Arizona artisan mining operations , RECENTLY ADVANCED by application of hi-tech derived data and meticulous attention to detail, patient scientific sampling and building upon a decades long dedicated data base (over 1350 expeditions in this immediate area) have surprisingly [even to me!] resulted in our ability to “zero in” on the richest portions of our deposits actually reducing the amount of expected conventional excavation & tunneling work while increasing significantly the amount & value of production!
The study of many local miarolytic vugs, chambers, + galleries, the several granite, aplite, and pegmatite vein systems, and the ore bearing dikes due to the presence at depth of a huge orebody, have supplemented the available public knowledge and historic mining records to reinforce our field-proven assertion that we have the most reliable, largest and best such sources now being commercially worked for these very rare forms of quartz crystals.
Our mini-excavator is almost ready (I need practice with the new machine) and we have targeted an area where we found large pieces of JL twins at the surface, and some on matrix, so we’ll see results right away.
Barbara and I are very well prepared. The RV Trailer, the tow trailer, an ATV (not in video) and all that gear, tools, packaging, mini-excavator, all of it is for TMCo mining, and soon will be in place on the claims. We have water systems, raw materials for cabins & campsites, trails & workings, we’re even ready to make further progress into our tunnels, too!
Small-scale specialized artisan miners, in particular those outside the ‘gold belt’ whose production of rare earths, exotic metals, gem & lapidary materials, are well overdue the consideration and appreciation they deserve, and have darn-well earned, have had a hard-rock time of it up to now. Even the large corporate mining projects who are our neighbors have been very public about their inability to recruit qualified miners. I commiserated with a Taylor-Hermosa high-up recently in pursuit of some high-technology we might both use, like the SEGWAY XT2.0 and the SIR 4000 GPR by GSSI.
My own adjustment is reversion to “Plan ‘A'”, that is, to dispense with mining for the market despite an abundance that would lend itself to volumes to sell, there are not enough available qualified miners who are not already busy & dedicated to include in our 2018 plans for processing anything less than top-end investor, collector, dealer & museum grades. I’ve generated my share of tonnage. Now we are refining our excavation choices, using mechanical advantages in place of miners.
Phantom ‘ed Dauphine Scepters over a foot across in 2018
In a curious overlap of research, I have found TWO geologic reports, authored by the same geologist some 14 years apart, which are Contradictory in impacts; one summary defines the deposits as never being industrial economic targets, while the other seems to indicate a copper porphyry and some industrial potential. This report and reality on the ground are irreconcilable. The geology I SEE and what seems to be deceptive data is provable: convenient to demonstrate my point are the 2 documents on the S. Patagonia Mtns. and those of Rosemont’s proposed mine. They have “borrowed” over $230 million, spent on what? without digging! This Rosemont fiasco is NOT supported by geology, its about inflated estimates of ‘probable reserves’ and is MEANT TO FAIL. It’s about bail-outs, money laundering, insurance, bribes, and TAKING private property and public land by deception.
The PDF files will be posted in the share folder on this blog. I’ll point to the crucial parts, but see for yourself, the PROOF of CORRUPTION. They relied on getting past NON-GEOLOGISTS. The DATA may LIE but the Earth does not. Field check this work, you’ll see my point: They are shutting us all out of a major “niche industry” BOOM in small artisan style mining, a very rich set of small deposits can mean BILLIONS to the local economy. There is proof in the science of my assertion I found the stockworks that goes from Cananaea to The Santa Ritas, that my estimate of single claims holding 8 B $ potential was low by as much as 10%. The ore veins which would be DESTROYED by $3.50 pound copper mining are $3M/Ton…but must be extracted BY HAND. Massive profits by corporate copper mining giants comes with a MUCH GREATER LOSS to us, the real owners of the 1866 Mineral Estate Grant.