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  1. Be careful who you tell where your hunting spots are! My "friend" snaked mine...

    Also, just out of curiosity, and assuming a situation where a site is open like a public park, how is it any different than sharing a great little thrift shop or other public area where the chances of finding unique and dirt cheap items change with each day? In that case, I certainly would not...
  2. Be careful who you tell where your hunting spots are! My "friend" snaked mine...

    I realize that there are a couple of reasons that my opinion on this subject is not exactly enlightening, or useful--I'm relatively new to the hobby and have a zillion years of learning to do before I'd be comfortable claiming anything more than "yes, I have heard of metal detecting." Perhaps...
  3. Squeee!

    Usually I reserve "squeee" for kitties but wanted to share that hubby is buying me my Ace250 right now! Soooo excited!
  4. Jewelers and Trust and Urban Legends

    Hi Everyone! I have been lurking but not posting much because Wisconsin winter sucked more than usual this year, and because it's just been one of those crazy times of life. Plus, I give up on my metal detector, which is for another thread if ever talked about, but I doubt that I'll have...
  5. ScribbleMuse

    Hi Hamid--I apologize if it appeared I was ignoring you--I'm just seeing this message now...

    Hi Hamid--I apologize if it appeared I was ignoring you--I'm just seeing this message now. Everything is fine, just have been pretty busy lately. Hopefully the weird weather around here will cooperate soon though, and I'll be back around with a zillion questions and pics of things I find. :)...
  6. Glacial Deposits

    I live in Central Wisconsin and have been picking over a local small creek that is just a trove of glacial till. I am rather ignorant still and trying to learn all that I can about geology, but with the winter season approaching I have been really concentrating on just getting out there and...
  7. Petrified Wood! (I think anyway)

    I'm really not sure. I'm just getting into finding/collecting rocks & minerals again since I abandoned it in childhood and haven't yet connected with any local club or other resource to feel out the market. I started dragging home likely rocks in order to learn how to carve stone but then...
  8. Petrified Wood! (I think anyway)

    Wow, really? I didn't think it was worth much if anything--kind of like the agates I'm tripping over in the creek bed I have been picking; they're pretty but too common to be worth "real" money. I had to laugh out loud at the comment about stretching the legs in AZ, because it's exactly what...
  9. Big mossy rock

    Oh, I love the ones I've set aside in various nooks of my yard/wannabe-garden beds that always catch my eye again and again, just the way it probably caught your attention in the middle of a zillion "normal" rocks before you even uncovered the grime. There are a few that I've just somehow honed...
  10. Petrified Wood! (I think anyway)

    Here are a lot of pics of some of these after the first scrub cleaning. They are still wet to show the colors and stuff, so I realize that no solid evaluation can probably be given yet, but am I probably correct in assuming this IS all petrified wood? There seem to be different materials in...
  11. ID help - White w/ Purple Circle & Green Sparklies

    Ha... that means that when I get reasonable equipment setups to do the carving that I originally intended to do before falling into the hole of "true" mineralogy as well, I can STILL pester you with questions about the things you probably will eventually help confirm for me (or more likely, show...
  12. ID help - White w/ Purple Circle & Green Sparklies

    Thanks yet again, Eu_citizen! :D Marcasite is one of my favorite minerals based on photos in the books and sites in the books I've been reading, and honestly would never have considered it since the photos always look more yellowish in color. However, I can see that the crystals on this...
  13. ID help - White w/ Purple Circle & Green Sparklies

    Yeah, my title description is probably showing my ignorance, but I really am trying with this stuff! I'm concentrating mostly on rocks/minerals lately since that's where all my luck seems to be and I'm finding myself more and more fascinated. However, there is a major steep learning curve for...
  14. Does this count as "First Silver"? 1941 Quarter

    You are way too sweet, but I didn't mean to give an impression that I'm in any need, and feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that my limitations are based on my decisions to never, ever be the cause of any regrets. I almost died a few years ago after an elective surgery and woke up from a...
  15. Does this count as "First Silver"? 1941 Quarter

    WI being my locality is definitely a difficulty for me--the annoying laws are leading me to draft a letter to the head archey that will hopefully express my disdain for the short-sighted and elitist nonsense behind the restrictive laws currently in place. In addition, the very YOUTH of the area...
  16. So I dug an Indian Head today...but this aint no coin!! Help me I.D. this thing!

    Or maybe could it be part of a beer tap? I found a couple "head" figured taps that didn't match exactly, but maybe just because I'm in WI, it makes me think of the tons of brewery antique sections I pass through antique stores.
  17. Does this count as "First Silver"? 1941 Quarter

    This is the brand I was probably going with, because for the limited numbers of in-person potential around here, seems like Garrett is the best. There are of course the typical Bounty Hunter sales in local stores, which is why and where I have my Lone Star, but while I am comfortable with BH...
  18. Asian Coin found at PA farm

    Sorry that I can't give you any definite help... I have very amateur interest in Asian artifacts based on a very shaky background of a couple years of Japanese in high school, a small collection of hand-painted antique porcelain and the quests to translate the signatures on those, and just...
  19. Does this count as "First Silver"? 1941 Quarter

    Yay... I can continue to pat myself on the back for the "first silver" mark. :) I'm getting better at this without a pinpointer, but just to a degree that is really only apparent to me and if there was a way to have a hole from my first day next to a hole I'd dig today. I also regret the...
  20. Does this count as "First Silver"? 1941 Quarter

    After tons of trash--cans, tabs, bullets, nails, periodic current-date coins, etc--finally pulled a quarter out of my yard. I was actually in a state of annoyance because the damned md was beeping like crazy and I'd already dug down a foot deep, in a hole getting to be 3 feet wide (as mentioned...
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