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In the meantime

Bet you didn’t think to see a post in March?  No, we’re not mining yet.  The claim is still snowed in.  Spring is in the air though.  We’re getting more daylight.  I’m seeing puddles here and there and we’re scrambling to get all the routine maintenance and minor repairs done on the equipment.  In this post, wanted to share with you something we’ve been working on over dark days.

Have you ever gone crashing off through the brush to try a pan in an out of the way creek you’ve had your eye on, got the good stuff panned down, and SHOOT- you forgot the black sand magnet? Most black sand magnets are pretty bulky and don’t just fit in your pocket.  This winter, we set out to solve this problem.

Technology is great, in today’s world, its almost like you can just imagine something and -boom-it appears.  Meet the Kudo 3d Titan 2.  Its a DLP printer, which basically means it uses a light projector to harden a resin and bring your creations to life.  While that sounds pretty easy, this project had a lot of failures before we got a workable prototype.  We also had to find the right magnets, springs and glue to assemble the pieces we printed.

We’re calling her “Ruby” until we get a better name.  We’re pretty pleased with the outcome.  At six inches long, it fits right in your pocket or prospecting kit. The magnet is pretty strong, and its great for getting that pesky black sand out of the way. It doesn’t seem to pick up the gold like the bigger magnets do.  One of our friends that has the blue bowl says it’s the perfect size for getting in there without messing up the flow.


If you decide to try one, be sure to give us your feedback.  We’d love to hear of any suggestions you have to improve the design.  The next post will be about the operation, I promise. In the meantime best wishes to everyone and hopes for an early mining season!









Essential Items to Gold Mine in Alaska

With the below list and a bit of determination you should be able to successfully find some gold. 
1. MAP, so you know that your not claim jumping
2. Sluice box
3. Gold pan
4. Waders, at the least mud boots(Extra Tuffs)
5. Black sand magnet
6. Snifter bottle
7. Gold vial
8. Rubber gloves(elbow length are nice) to keep you hands warm in the water
9. Shovel
10. Crack pick
11. Turkey baster (this helps to suck the gold out of cracks in the bedrock)
12. Gun (or bear spray if you prefer)
13. Lots of bug spray
14. Bucket to haul material to creek