sampling sluice gets the gold

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With Diane's broken leg (it's a long story)...We have not had a chance to go gold prospecting or detecting. Cabin fever was setting in, so I decided to go ahead with a project I had been considering. I wanted to make a sluice that would easily show me the location of the paystreak with random samples from various likely locations. The obvious answer was to incorporate an extra long inspection mat with a short set of riffles. It took two days to make the box, waterproof it, and round up the hardware but the effort was well worth it.

After making the sluice, I could not wait to test my creation so I got up early today and headed for the creek. After an hour drive to the claim, I spent five hours working my new box and my old Keene sluice. My home-made sluice performed like a champ and I am very pleased.

It was a warm but perfect day on the creek and the best part

(of course) was the gold!












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