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Greetings all, I am long time rock hound and hobby gold prospector. I guess one of my favorite claims is that I did work at an underground gold mine for 12 years. I did get to work underground some but mostly in the processing end of things. Have always enjoyed Geology and anything about nature and our earth. After an injury some years ago, I am now disabled and not able to be active in the outdoors as I use to be. Now it is limited to shows like this and a few places one can get mine ore to look for gems and maybe even gold and have it shipped to my house. However, some mining trips are scheduled, but they are very low impact. But it will be nice to get back out of doors and do a little exploring. Or at least give it a try.
To fill the void in my life, I started wood turning some years ago and have really enjoyed this as primary hobby. Recently, I decided to do something with the many rocks and minerals I have accumulated over the past many years. I have now purchased some lapidary equipment such as a trim saw, 10" rock saw plus a grinder. And most recently a 24" rock saw. I also found an older faceting machine and have started faceting the stones in to gems. This is truly rewarding! Finishing a stone and having it stare back at you sparkling and flashing in the light is pretty cool. My picture is of 2 pink tourmaline's and a sunstone I faceted. Anyway the equipment is in a nice warm or air conditioned house whereas the wood working equipment is in an unheated garage which is way to cold or hot at times depending on the season.
These Cash and Treasures or now the Treasure Hunter shows are great. They can be frustrating for me at times as I look at the things I use to be able to do and watch what they are doing in the show. But I am a die-hard fan and will always be!
I am Paul or the "P" in pvjjh which are the intials of our first names of my family.
Here is a link to my page I made up about my faceting and wood working hobbies. http://cash-and-treasures-wiki.travelchannel.com/page/pvjjh%27s+faceting+pics+and+more
Faceting Pictures and More
Latest page update: May 25 2010, 12:51 PM EDT