Gold Trails Episode 6 Oregon Gold Grabbin Part 1

Gold Trails Episode 6 Oregon Gold Grabbin Part 1


ALL RIGHT, GUYS.
THAT’S AS FAR AS WE’RE GOING. THE REST OF IT’S REALLY BAD. [ WHISTLES ] THIS ISN’T
YOUR BIGGEST HEADACHE. YOUR BIG HEADACHE IS,
AS YOU GET FURTHER DOWN, THE TRAIL
NARROWS CONSIDERABLY, AND IT GETS TO BE
PRETTY DANGEROUS. LET’S LOOK AT NOT WHERE
THE WATER IS NOW, BUT WHERE THE WATER WAS
A FEW MILLION YEARS AGO. LET’S GET SOME GEAR OUT.
LET’S HAVE SOME FUN. LET’S BREAK IN
THOSE SHOVELS, MAN. Hoagland: HI.
MY NAME IS KEVIN HOAGLAND, AND I HAVE BEEN PROSPECTING
AND MINING FOR OVER 40 YEARS. I HAVE GONE TO SOME OF
THE MOST INCREDIBLE PLACES AROUND THE WORLD, AND I’VE PROSPECTED AND MINED WITH SOME OF
THE MOST INCREDIBLE PEOPLE. ♪ SEARCHIN’ FOR GOLD DUST ♪ ♪ IN THE VALLEY OF BLOOD LUST ♪ ♪ UNDER THE SUN, MISUNDERSTOOD ♪ ♪ AND WHEN THAT TRAIN
COMES ROLLIN’ IN ♪ ♪ I’M TAKING EVERYTHING I CAN ♪ TODAY I’M IN SOUTHERN OREGON
WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS, MIKE, CORY, AND ALEX. I’VE KNOWN KEVIN FOR ABOUT
7 YEARS, SINCE ABOUT 2005, AND OUR PATHS KIND OF KEPT
CROSSING AT THE GOLD SHOWS. THEN IT JUST
SORT OF OCCURRED TO US TO MAYBE DO A TRIP OR TWO
TOGETHER. MY NAME’S CORY JAMESON.
I’M FROM REDDING, CALIFORNIA. AND I’VE BEEN PROSPECTING
FOR APPROXIMATELY 18 YEARS. Mendoza: I’M ALEX MENDOZA. BEEN PROSPECTING
FOR ABOUT 2 OR 3 YEARS NOW. Hoagland: I’VE KNOWN MIKE
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND HE WAS TELLING US
ABOUT A CLAIM THAT HE HASN’T BEEN TO
IN A LONG TIME. SO WE’RE GONNA GO DOWN
AND CHECK IT OUT. WHAT ARE WE DOING? YEAH. YOU KNOW,
THAT IS A GREAT CLAIM. THE ACHILLES HEEL OF THAT CLAIM,
OF COURSE, IS GETTING IN. THE TRAIL IS GOOD
FOR ABOUT THE FIRST MILE, AND THEN YOU’VE GOT
ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF WHERE IT GETS VERY, VERY NARROW, AND A VERY STEEP DROP-OFF
IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THERE ARE PLACES WHERE YOU COULD BARELY GET
A MOTORCYCLE ALONG THAT TRAIL, AND IT’S A GOOD 30-, 40-,
SOME PLACES 50-FEET DROP-OFF. DROPS OFF.
STRAIGHTEN OUT THE WHEEL. GO, GO, GO. GO, GO, GO, GO, GO. [ MOTOR WHIRRING ] ALL RIGHT, GUYS.
THAT’S AS FAR AS WE’RE GOING. MIGHT AS WELL GET OUT. WHEW! THE REST OF IT’S
REALLY BAD. [ WHISTLES ] IT WAS LITERALLY
THE END OF THE ROAD. WE TRIED TO GET OUT
TO SOME CLAIMS, AND THE TRAIL GOT
NARROWER AND NARROWER. THE CROSSINGS GOT WORSE
AND WORSE, AND FINALLY GOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE COULD HAVE MADE
THE LAST CROSSING, BUT AFTER THAT, THE ROAD NARROWED DOWN
TO BARELY A MOTORCYCLE TRAIL, AND IT WAS JUST TIME TO STOP. IT’S KIND OF THE END
OF THE ROAD, ISN’T IT? IT IS
THE END OF THE ROAD. YOU’VE GOT A LOT
OF BAD ROAD AHEAD OF YOU. VERY, VERY NARROW,
VERY DANGEROUS, AND VERY STEEP. HOW MUCH FURTHER
TO THE CLAIM? YOU’VE GOT MAYBE ANOTHER
MILE AND A HALF FROM HERE. YOU’RE GONNA CROSS THE CREEK
ONE MORE TIME, AND THEN YOU’VE GOT
SOME CLIFFS THAT YOU’RE
GOING TO EDGE ALONG. AND YOU WANT TO BE
VERY CAUTIOUS AS YOU’RE GOING ACROSS
NEXT TO THOSE. HOW NARROW? SOME PLACES
MAYBE 18 INCHES WIDE, WITH A GOOD 40-, 50-, 60-FOOT
DROP-OFF. I’VE HEARD ABOUT THAT CLAIM
FROM MY BUDDY MIKE, AND I REALLY, REALLY WANTED
TO GET OUT THERE. I KNOW THAT HE’S FOUND
SOME GOOD GOLD OUT THERE. THIS ISN’T
YOUR BIGGEST HEADACHE. YOUR BIG HEADACHE IS,
AS YOU GET FURTHER DOWN, THE TRAIL
NARROWS CONSIDERABLY, AND IT GETS TO BE
PRETTY DANGEROUS. OOH, THAT GETS NASTY. YEAH. YEAH. YEAH, ‘CAUSE I’M NOT WORRIED
ABOUT THIS IN THE JEEP. THIS IS —
THAT’S MY DRIVEWAY AT HOME. YEAH. YEAH. YOU’RE GOOD
FOR ABOUT ANOTHER 100 FEET, AND THEN AFTER THAT,
YOU REALLY ARE ON FOOT WITH EVERYTHING
ON YOUR BACK. AND WE’RE HOW FAR? YOU’RE ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF
AT THIS POINT. PRETTY NARROW
IN A LOT OF PLACES, STEEP DROP-OFFS,
NASTY OVERHANGS. IT’S TOO LATE IN THE AFTERNOON
TO TRY THAT ONE. Jameson: YEAH,
IT’D BE PRETTY ROUGH. Mendoza:
THAT ROAD WAS PRETTY SKETCHY. IT LOOKED LIKE WE WERE
ABOUT TO GO OFF THE CLIFF. TRIED TO GET IN
TO THAT OTHER CLAIM. IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH. WE HAD TO GO THROUGH
SOME PRETTY TREACHEROUS AREAS. [ LAUGHS ] Jameson:
IF WE HAD, MAYBE, SOME QUADS, WE COULD PROBABLY GET BACK
IN THERE A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, AND DEFINITELY MORE DAYLIGHT
TIME TO GET BACK IN THERE. WE WOULD HAVE REALLY ENJOYED
THAT AS WELL, SO… Mendoza: DRIVE UP TO THE CLAIM
WE’RE SUPPOSED TO GO, PRETTY ROUGH ROAD. AND THEN WE HAD TO TURN AROUND. Hoagland:
THE LATENESS OF THE DAY, THERE WAS JUST NO WAY POSSIBLE
TO DO THAT ON THIS TRIP. GONNA HAVE TO SAVE IT, PUT IT BACK IN THE ARCHIVES,
AND COME BACK. WE ELECTED
TO PROBABLY DO THE WISE THING AND COME AND SELECT
A DIFFERENT SPOT. LET’S GO. WE CAN GET
SOME PROSPECTING TIME IN, GET SOME COIL TIME IN,
AND IT SHOULD BE GOOD. WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?
EVERYBODY IN? SOUNDS GOOD. OKAY. LET’S GET OUT OF HERE. LET’S GO. [ MOTOR WHIRRING ] WE TURNED AROUND. WE GOT OUT OF THE AREA
THAT WE WERE IN, LEFT MIKE’S CLAIMS. CAME TO A SPOT WHERE HE AND I
BOTH HAVE BEEN YEARS AGO. THE TYPICAL THING IS TO THINK OF THIS
AS, LIKE, THE INSIDE BEND. ‘CAUSE WE’VE GOT
THE INSIDE BEND HERE, AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING BACK AND FORTH
ON THIS BEND. AND THIS SPOT
RIGHT IN HERE, WE CAN SEE WHERE PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN DOING SOME WORK. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THAT FROM JUST THE NORMAL PERSPECTIVE
OF PROSPECTING, THEY’RE WORKING THE WRONG SIDE,
AREN’T THEY? SURE. Hoagland:
WE CAN SEE WHERE PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN DOING SOME WORK. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THAT FROM JUST THE NORMAL PERSPECTIVE
OF PROSPECTING, THEY’RE WORKING THE WRONG SIDE,
AREN’T THEY? BUT NOW LET’S LOOK AT SOMETHING
A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. LET’S LOOK AT
NOT WHERE THE WATER IS NOW, BUT WHERE THE WATER WAS
A FEW MILLION YEARS AGO. AND THERE’S
SOME VERY INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THIS SPOT
THAT, YOU KNOW — IT ACTUALLY STARTS WHEN
YOU’RE UP THERE ON THE ROAD. WHEN WE WERE COMING IN
THAT AREA WHERE YOU COULD SEE THAT
MUDSTONE IN THAT SCHIST BELT THAT WAS COMING THROUGH,
AND THAT DIFFERENT CONTACT ZONE? WELL, THAT BEDROCK LAYER
RAN THIS WAY AND CAME DOWN THROUGH HERE,
SO THAT’S — YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T ALWAYS
JUST LOOK AT THE STREAM. YOU LOOK AT EVERYTHING
THAT’S ENCOMPASSING IT. IT’S NOT JUST THIS AREA,
IT’S EVERYTHING AROUND IT. SO, IF WE START UP THERE AND WE FOLLOW THIS BEDROCK LAYER
THAT CAME DOWN THROUGH AND WE START LOOKING AT THIS,
THERE’S THE OLD BENCH. KEVIN TALKED ABOUT THE GEOLOGY,
THE PLACEMENT OF THE ROCK, THE TYPE OF MATERIAL
THAT WE’RE WORKING IN, AND REALLY GAVE US
A GOOD EDUCATION AND AN OVERVIEW
OF WHAT WE COULD EXPECT AND WHY WE COULD EXPECT IT. AND THE BENCH, OF COURSE,
IS WHERE WATER USED TO BE. BUT WATCH THIS BENCH
AND FOLLOW THIS BENCH AROUND, AND WHAT HAPPENS IS
IT COMES UP, AND RIGHT WHERE THIS BEDROCK
COMES THROUGH, IT ENDS. THAT IS ALMOST
A STRAIGHT UP-AND-DOWN SHOT RIGHT UP THAT HILL. SO THAT
ACTUALLY TELLS ME THAT, IF WE LOOK AT IT
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE WAY THE WATER
WAS COMING THROUGH HERE, THAT THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE FLATS
AT ONE POINT IN TIME. WITH, YOU KNOW, POSSIBLY
A LITTLE BIT OF A TURN — MORE OF A TURN
RIGHT AROUND THERE, AND MORE OF A LIGHTER AREA
THROUGH HERE, OR THE INSIDE BEND
COMING THROUGH THERE. AND THEN
THIS WAS PRETTY MUCH — THIS LOOKS LIKE THIS WAS
PRETTY MUCH A STRAIGHT SHOT. SO, IF THAT’S THE CASE, THESE GUYS WERE PROBABLY FINDING
A LITTLE BIT OF GOLD ON HERE, BUT… WHERE WOULD YOU GO? WELL, I’D DEFINITELY GO
WITH THE DOWN-WATER SIDE. I’D PROBABLY DIG
ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THAT. MM-HMM. KIND OF
WHERE THEY STOPPED. YEAH. AND CONTINUE WHERE THEY STOPPED,
BASICALLY. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING IT
AROUND THAT SIDE, BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE BEDROCK
IS SHEARED THIS WAY, I THINK IF WE WORK
A LITTLE BIT OF THAT AREA RIGHT IN THROUGH THERE, AND MAYBE CLASSIFY
A FEW BUCKETS THERE, TEST THAT AREA OUT. TEST OVER THERE. MIKE, YOU WENT ACROSS
TO THE OTHER SIDE? I DID, YEAH.
IT’S BEAUTIFUL OVER THERE. AND DID YOU FIND BEDROCK
OVER THERE? YEAH, I DID. HOW HIGH UP? LIKE 10, 15 FEET
ABOVE THE WATER LEVEL? NO,
I WOULDN’T CALL IT THAT. I WOULD CALL IT MAYBE 6 OR 7 FEET
ABOVE THE WATER LEVEL RIGHT NOW. SO, SOMEBODY’S DONE
A LOT OF WORK CLEARING, GETTING DOWN TO IT. BUT YOU CAN TELL — I MEAN,
LOOK AT THE ROCK MATERIAL THAT’S BEEN CLEANED OUT
OF THERE. THAT’S DEFINITELY OLD CHANNEL
THROUGH THERE. IT’S NOT EXACTLY
WHAT I REMEMBER IT BEING, BUT, MAN, IT HELD AN INCREDIBLE
AMOUNT OF POTENTIAL JUST FROM LOOKING
AT THE GEOLOGY. WE ALREADY KNOW
THERE’S GOLD HERE. I’M NOT EVEN GONNA BOTHER
BREAKING OUT GOLD PANS AND DOING A LITTLE TESTING
AND SAMPLING. OKAY? WE KNOW THAT WE’RE IN
AN AREA THAT’S A GOLD PRODUCER. WE KNOW THAT GOLD’S COME OUT
OF THIS AREA. I THINK YOU AND I HAVE FOUND
GOLD HERE OVER THE YEARS. WHAT I WANT TO DO IS,
I WANT TO GET — YOU KNOW WHAT? I GOT A COUPLE OF PIECES
OF EQUIPMENT IN THE TRUCK THAT I THINK WILL BE PERFECT
FOR WORKING THIS AREA. SO LET’S DRAG
THAT STUFF OUT, AND LET’S CLASSIFY DOWN
A FEW BUCKETS OF MATERIAL AND JUST SEE
AND DO A LITTLE BIT OF TESTING. BUT LET’S DO IT, AGAIN,
FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE OF NOT LOOKING AT
WHERE THE STREAM CHANNEL IS NOW. LET’S GO BACK
A COUPLE OF MILLION YEARS AGO. LET’S GO BACK
TO WHERE IT USED TO BE, TO WHERE — WHEN THIS IS
THE END OF OUR WORLD. THAT BREAK RIGHT THERE,
THAT BEDROCK BREAK, THAT BECOMES
THE END OF THE WORLD, AND THIS IS OUR CHANNEL. SO, WE’RE LOOKING AT ALL OF THIS
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THIS BEING
THE FLOWING CHANNEL. LET’S GET SOME GEAR OUT.
LET’S HAVE SOME FUN. LET’S GET TO DIGGING. LET’S BREAK IN
THOSE SHOVELS, MAN. LET’S GET THOSE SHOVELS. LET’S BREAK THEM IN
AT LAST. LET’S GET
THOSE SHOVELS DIRTY. WE’VE ONLY CARTED THEM
FOR A HUNDRED MILES. YOU GUYS GOT TO MAKE
A BIGGER HOLE, MAN. WE GOT TO GET EVERYBODY
IN THERE. HURRY UP.
GET ALL THE GOLD OUT. Morris: WHAT WE DID, WE GOT DOWN ONTO
WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS BEDROCK, PULLED A FAIRLY LARGE BOULDER
OUT OF THERE, AND GOT DOWN ON WHAT WE CALL
AROUND HERE THE BLUE CHANNEL. AND THE BLUE CHANNEL HAS TYPICALLY BEEN
A VERY GOOD CARRIER, OR AT LEAST A COMPANION TO GOLD
IN THIS PART OF OREGON. AND AS WE GOT
DEEPER AND DEEPER, WE DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS
ANOTHER LAYER OF MATERIAL, MORE BLUE-CHANNEL CLAY. SO, THAT CLAY MATERIAL
IS JUST LIKE POTTER’S CLAY, SO THE GOLD
REALLY ADHERES TO IT. AND IF YOU’RE NOT CAUTIOUS, AS YOU START PROCESSING IT
IN ANY TYPE OF MACHINE, WHETHER IT’S A GOLD GRABBER
OR A ROCKER BOX, THAT GOLD HAS A TENDENCY
TO BALL INSIDE OF THE CLAY, STICK TO IT,
AND ROLL RIGHT ON OUT THE BACK. SO WHAT WE DO IS, WE GET A LITTLE WATER
IN A BUCKET, WE KIND OF SLURRY IT DOWN, AND WE START BREAKING THAT DOWN AND GIVE IT SOME TIME
TO KIND OF SEPARATE. Hoagland: WE SET UP OUT HERE USING THE MINI GOLD GRABBER AND THE NEW
GOLD GRABBER ROCKER BOX. A FEW MONTHS AGO, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO GO TO IDAHO AND SEE HOW IT WAS MADE. OUR FIRST STOP WAS
CUSTOM ROTO-MOLDING IN CALDWELL, WHERE I HAD THE CHANCE
TO MEET UP WITH ED WILSON, INVENTOR OF THE GOLD GRABBER, TO SEE THE FIRST STEP
IN THE PROCESS. I’M EDWARD WILSON. I’M PRESIDENT
OF CUSTOM ROTO-MOLDING. THIS DIVISION IS LOCATED
IN CALDWELL, IDAHO, ABOUT 20 MILES WEST
OF BOISE, IDAHO. NO MISTAKING
THE GOLD GRABBER. RIGHT. GOLD GRABBER. Wilson: I GREW UP
IN PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA, AND WE USED TO GO GOLD MINING
DOWN ON THE AMERICAN RIVER, NOT FAR FROM
WHERE GOLD WAS DISCOVERED AT COLOMA, CALIFORNIA. SO, I’M VERY FAMILIAR
WITH SLUICE BOXES. WE USED TO MAKE OUR OWN
OUT OF WOOD AND HAVE AN OLD GAS-POWERED
WATER PUMP, AND GO DOWN
AND JUST PROSPECT ON OUR OWN. SO, THEY’LL PUT THE BUCKET
ON THE DIGITAL SCALE, TEAR IT OUT, AND THEN PUT IN
THE RESPECTIVE RESIN, WHETHER IT’S GREEN,
BLACK. IN THE CASE OF THE GOLD GRABBER
WE’RE RUNNING TODAY, IT’S DARK GREEN. NOW,
AND EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT IS ALREADY A DIFFERENT COLOR,
RIGHT? WELL, NO. WHAT IT IS IS WE HAVE AN AWFULLY LARGE
BLENDER OVER THERE THAT BLENDS 50 POUNDS OF RESIN
AT A TIME. TO BE ABLE TO WALK IN
TO CUSTOM ROTO-MOLD AND SEE THE MATERIAL
THAT JUST — YOU KNOW, THERE’S 8.5 POUNDS
OF PLASTIC PELLETS. TYPICAL LOADING OF THE PIGMENT
IS ONE GRAM PER POUND. ONE GRAM PER POUND?
IT’S THAT CONCENTRATED? YEAH. SO, ON AN 8.5-POUND PART,
OF COURSE, IT WOULD BE 8.5 GRAMS
OF POWDER. BUT WE DON’T MIX JUST THAT. WE MIX A MASTER BATCH
OF 50 POUNDS AT A TIME. WOW. WE STARTED THIS BUSINESS
ABOUT 22 YEARS AGO, JUST TO SERVICE
THE R.V. INDUSTRY HERE IN THE TREASURE VALLEY. AND SINCE THEN, WE HAVE GROWN
TO CUSTOM-MOLDED PRODUCTS AND AGRICULTURAL
AND INDUSTRIAL TANK STORAGE, AS WELL AS THE GOLD GRABBER. IT STARTS WITH THE DESIGN. USUALLY, A CUSTOMER WILL HAVE
AN IDEA OF WHAT HE WANTS, AND IN MOST CASES, WE’VE DESIGNED
THE PRODUCT HERE FOR THEM ONCE THE PRODUCT HAS BEEN QUOTED AND THE CUSTOMER’S APPROVED
THE DESIGN. YEAH, SO,
WHAT HE’S GONNA DO NOW IS HE’S GONNA SET IT UP SO HE CAN TAKE THE CLAMPS
OFF OF IT. THAT’S PRETTY SIMPLE.
THEY POP THE CLAMPS. RIGHT, RIGHT. FROM THERE — WHICH TAKES
ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 4 WEEKS TO GO FROM THE PART DESIGN TO THE ACTUAL MOLD
BEING FINISHED. AND THEN FROM THERE, THEN WE GO
INTO THE MOLDING OPERATION. HIGH-TECH STUFF
AND A LOW-TECH WAY TO DO IT. THE BEAUTY OF THIS PROCESS
FOR PEOPLE, LIKE THE GOLD GRABBER
AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS, IT’S VERY INEXPENSIVE
TO GET INTO THIS PROCESS IF YOU HAVE A PRODUCT
THAT YOU NEED. YOU KNOW?
COMPARED TO OTHER PROCESSES. LIKE, THOSE BALLS COULD BE MADE
BY THE BLOW-MOLDING PROCESS. BUT A MOLD FOR A BLOW MOLD
MIGHT RUN YOU $75,000. FROM THERE, THEN WE RELEASE
A PRODUCTION CARD THAT GOES
TO THE PRODUCTION FLOOR, AND THEY MOLD THE PRODUCT. AND IT’LL COME BACK
THROUGH THE DOORS BEHIND ME INTO THE TRIM-FINISH AREA, WHERE IT GETS TRIMMED
AND FINISHED AND SHIPPED OUT, EITHER ON PALLETS
OR BY FULL TRUCK. HE’S GETTING READY
TO DROP THE BOTTOM OUT NOW. NOW,
THAT HAS INSERTS IN IT, AND THEY’VE ALREADY TAKEN
THE INSERTS. THE INSERTS ARE HELD IN BY BOLTS
OUTSIDE OF THE TOOL. SO… OH, OKAY. I SEE. SO, WHAT HE WAS DOING AT
THE VERY END THERE WAS JUST — WAS PULLING THE NUTS,
OR PULLING THE BOLTS OUT… RIGHT, RIGHT. …THAT HELD THE NUTS IN. THEY’RE JUST HELD IN
WITH A BOLT. Hoagland: I DON’T THINK
I’VE EVER GOTTEN TO WATCH A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT LIKE THAT
EVER BUILT. I MEAN, I’VE SEEN
INJECTION MOLDING BEFORE, WHERE THEY’RE JUST BASICALLY JUST SQUIRTING THINGS OUT
LIKE CRAZY. Wilson: SINCE THIS PLANT STARTED WITH ALAN TREES’ PRODUCTS
20 YEARS AGO AND HE MOVED IT, OVER THE YEARS,
TO OTHER MOLDERS, IT’S NOW COME BACK HOME,
WHICH IS HERE. AND WE’VE HELPED HIM DEVELOP
NEW PRODUCTS ALONG THE WAY. TO SEE A HOLLOW PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT BUILT, AND THE WAY
THE ROTO-MOLD SYSTEM WORKS, THE WAY THAT, YOU KNOW —
THE PRECISE HEAT, THE PRECISE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE
ON IT WHEN IT COMES OUT TO COOL IT PROPERLY SO IT DOESN’T HAVE
SEAM LINES IN IT… TO WATCH THAT PROCESS REALLY GIVES YOU
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE EQUIPMENT
THAT YOU’RE USING. Wilson: THE GOLD GRABBER’S ONE, AND IT’S PROBABLY ONE OF
HIS MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS. WE ALSO DO PONTOONS
FOR HIS DREDGES, AND WE DO SOME OF THE COMPONENTS FOR THE DREDGES
THAT HE MANUFACTURES. WE’RE
A ROTATION-MOLDING COMPANY, WHICH MEANS WE ROTATE
THE PRODUCT. IT’S A VERY SLOW ROTATION,
HOWEVER, ABOUT 6 RPM. YOU SEE, WE’VE GOT FOUR MOLDS
ON THAT ARM RIGHT NOW. TWO OF THOSE
ARE BALL MOLDS, AND THAT IS A SCIENCE PROJECT
UP AT THE WORLD SCIENCE FAIR. WE’RE MAKING 610
OF THOSE RED BALLS FOR SOME PROJECT
THAT THEY’RE DOING. SO, THERE’S
YOUR HALF-FINISHED PRODUCT. ANYWAY,
THE MOLDING JOB IS DONE. THOSE INSERTS THAT HE WAS
TAKING OUT ARE THESE RIGHT HERE. OKAY. SO, THOSE ARE THE BOLTS
THAT HE WAS PULLING OUT. AND HE’LL PUT MORE BACK IN HERE
IN JUST A MOMENT. HE’LL CLAMP THE MOLD UP
AND SEAL IT, AND THEN THEY’LL PUT
THE 8.5-POUND SHOT WEIGHT BACK INTO THE TOOL. NOW, YOU DO ALL THE ENGINEERING
ON THIS, RIGHT? THAT’S RIGHT. WELL, ON THIS
PARTICULAR PRODUCT, ALAN DID ALL OF THIS. I MEAN, AS FAR AS FIGURING
THE SHOT WEIGHT AND EVERYTHING ELSE
LIKE THAT. Wilson: THEY’RE JUST HELD
IN PLACE WITH A BOLT, JUST SO THE PLASTIC
DOESN’T LEAK. AND IT’LL TRANSFER HEAT FROM
THE BOLT THROUGH THE INSERTS, AND SO IT’LL PICK UP
THE PLASTIC. SO, DOES THAT KIND OF DRAW IT
DOWN ON TOP OF IT? IT DRAWS IT TIGHT AGAINST IT,
YEAH. AND SO, IN ROTO-MOLDING,
UNLESS THAT INSERT GETS HOT, PLASTIC WON’T MOLD
AROUND IT. RIGHT. SO IT’S GONNA TRANSFER. SO, THEN WE JUST SET IT
OVER HERE, AND THEN IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO,
THEY’LL TAKE THEM OUT. OF COURSE, WE’LL TAKE ONE
AND SHOW YOU WHAT THE OTHER PROCESS IS
THAT WE DO HERE. BUT SOMETIMES
IT DOESN’T MAKE THE CUT. SOMETHING HAPPENS
IN THE PROCESS. AND SO, WE REUSE
ALL OF THE PLASTIC. IN THIS CASE HERE, WE HAVE TO CUT OUT THOSE INSERTS
THAT ARE MOLDED IN THERE BECAUSE THIS… RIGHT. SO, THESE INSERTS,
THOSE LEGS — THEY HAVE TO BE REMOVED,
YEAH. THESE LEGS GET CUT OFF. RIGHT. THEY GET CUT OFF. THE INSERTS ARE DISCARDED. BUT IF WE SEND IT
TO OUR GRANULATORS WITH THAT, WE MAY HAVE TO PAY
FOR A SET OF BLADES… [ LAUGHS ] …WHEN THEY GO THROUGH
THEIR GRANULATOR. SO WE REMOVE
ALL THE INSERTS. AND WE DON’T SEGREGATE
THE COLORS, ‘CAUSE IN THE END, IT ALL COMES BACK TO US
IN BLACK PLASTIC. AND SO,
WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT? THIS GETS COLLECTED
OUTSIDE. WHEN WE GET A TRUCKLOAD, WE SEND IT TO PORTLAND, OREGON,
FOR PROCESSING. FOR ME,
THAT WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY COOL BECAUSE I REALLY LOVE
THE SCIENCE OF ALL OF THIS ALONG WITH JUST GETTING OUT HERE
AND DIGGING DIRT. BUT TO BE ABLE TO SEE
THE SCIENCE AND KNOW THE ENGINEERING AND THE CALCULATIONS
THAT WENT INTO THAT, TO FIND THE RIGHT AMOUNT
OF MATERIAL TO CREATE THIS, THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY WORTHWHILE. YOU KNOW,
IT’S SAD TO LOOK AT THIS. I MEAN, I APPRECIATE
THE QUALITY CONTROL, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT’S JUST
THE THOUGHT OF A GOLD GRABBER THAT’LL NEVER SEE GOLD. RIGHT. RIGHT. WELL, BECAUSE OF THE PRICE
THAT HE GETS FOR THEM, WE CAN’T ALLOW SOMETHING THAT
WON’T MAKE THE GRADE TO GO OUT. ABSOLUTELY. SO, THIS WILL GO
TO OUR PROCESSOR UP IN PORTLAND, OREGON. IT’LL BE RE-CLAIMED,
GRANULATED, AND IT’LL COME BACK
AS BLACK, PROCESSED RESIN. AND THEN IT’LL GO
INTO OUR HOLDING TANKS. SO, THIS WILL PROBABLY BECOME
A HOLDING TANK — HOLD ON.
A HOLDING TANK? A HOLDING TANK. LIKE, ARMY HOLDING TANK? EITHER BLACK OR GRAY WATER.
SO, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. SO, THIS THING WENT FROM HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY
TO HAVE GOLD IN IT… RIGHT. …TO HAVING TURDS? RIGHT. RIGHT. GREAT. [ LAUGHS ] THESE THINGS ARE RUGGED. THEY ARE. [ LAUGHS ] A TYPICAL RUN FOR US
ON A PRODUCT IS 20 PIECES, WHERE A BLOW MOLDER
WON’T EVEN MOUNT A MOLD FOR LESS THAN 1,200 PIECES, ‘CAUSE THEY CAN GET 1,200 ROUNDS
IN A DAY. OUR PARTICULAR FACILITY HERE AVERAGES ABOUT 20 ROUNDS
IN A SINGLE DAY. SO WE LIKE TO,
WHEN WE MOUNT A MOLD, AT LEAST GET ONE DAY’S
PRODUCTION FROM THE TOOL BEFORE WE REMOVE IT. ED, THANKS FOR LETTING US
COME IN TODAY. ALL RIGHT, KEVIN. IT’S BEEN A PLEASURE, MAN. GREAT TO HAVE YOU GUYS
UP HERE IN IDAHO, SEEING WHAT WE DO. I LOVE WATCHING
HOW ALL OF THIS COMES TOGETHER. I’M HEADING UP TO RIGGINS. I’M GONNA GO UP
TO ALAN’S SHOP, AND WE’RE GONNA PUT THE FINAL
TOUCHES ON THE GOLD GRABBER, GET EVERYTHING CUT OUT, THEN I’M GONNA GO OUT
AND USE IT. EXCELLENT. ALL RIGHT, MAN. WE’LL SEE YOU LATER.
THANKS AGAIN. OKAY. YEP.
THANK YOU. ALAN, YOU STARTED MY
GOLD GRABBER WITHOUT ME, MAN. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WELL, KEVIN,
I GOT THE BLANKS, SO I JUST THOUGHT I’D START
CUTTING SOME OF THE PARTS OUT. Morris: I GOT TO SAY, ALAN TREES DID A GREAT JOB
PUTTING THIS TOGETHER, BECAUSE IT REALLY IS
OLD TECHNOLOGY COMBINED WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY.

24 Comments

  1. Howdy, Kevin!
    I'm a newbie of gold panning and mineral collecting.
    Could you help me in finding any areas up in the Sespe creek range of Ojai, CA?
    Recently tried upper Piru creek in Angeles National Forest with some extreme rough fines, but want to pan closer to home, i.e. Ventura County, CA

  2. why do these videos just keep repeating themselves over and over and over and over and over,do you stupid people think we did not hear you the first time,its enough to delete this shit

  3. I agree I have the same problem keep repeating and repeating and repeating back I can back I can repeating the same things over and over again

  4. I met Kevin in Prescott valley Arizona,nice person talked to me an hour ,answered all my questions.I agree I would have liked to see a bit more prospecting and work done and especially a gold cleanup.

  5. If you guys are in the Diamond lake area, I have a true story of a lost gold mine in that area. My old mining partner told me of this on hid death bed. He traced down the last guy that had direct knowledge of it. He was the guy that murdered hois partners and buried them on that claim and took all the gold. This happened in 1919. The man died in 1947. My old partner was not in good enouigh shape to ever get up there. The man that did the deed told my partner Merle when he was on his death bed.

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