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SHAWN WILLETTWho'd a thunk that replacing a pump & motor on a Keene backpack dredge from the mid 80's would be a pain in the buttocks?

5 months ago

    SHAWN WILLETTcreated the topic: Hand cranked trommels

    Hi all, I'm looking for a hand cranked trommel similar to ones sold by the now defunct black sheep mining store outta California. If anyone ...

    5/24/2018

    SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Barkus

    3/18/2018

      SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Marion

      3/18/2018

        SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Dale's Place

        3/18/2018

          SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Jon's Place

          3/18/2018

            SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

            All good Toby, as I understand it, there are a couple chapters that are planning to have outings at Athens, once they get their schedules ironed out, ...

            3/8/2018

            SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

            As for other places to pan, I recommend ya start with the 1982 Quaternary Map. It shows the surface geology of MI. The purples are the locations for a...

            3/8/2018

            SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

            Hiya Tim! Up until the end of the 2017 season, GPAA members were able to access Athens Camp with a per day use fee, apprx $25/day. I had understood th...

            3/8/2018

            SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with Toby Protsman

            3/8/2018

              SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

              Toby, Athens is roughly 18 miles south of Battle Creek on M-66. It is a LDMA property so there may be a fee to access it. Unless it's changed, the num...

              3/7/2018

              SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with JEFFERY BEHNKE

              1/31/2018

                SHAWN WILLETTthis whipsawing of the weather driving me nuts!

                1/28/2018

                  SHAWN WILLETTYa ever find a 5 gal bucket of 1/4" minus thats years old and not know where it came from?

                  1/14/2018

                    SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: Fine gold recovery

                    I use my cube to get down the heaviest of the heavies, but I use a 10 inch cons pan to do the final seperation. Why? 6 bux alot less that 130 or more ...

                    12/17/2017

                    SHAWN WILLETTtwo words most prospectors dont like to hear: finish panning. Especially when ya chasing the flour gold of MI..

                    12/17/2017

                      SHAWN WILLETTFor those that are looking to convert your gold to dollars, check out Midwest Refineries. They're a Michigan company that recently took care of my 20 grams of fines. Settlement was done in 72 hrs. I highly recommend these folks!

                      7/20/2017

                        SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with RICHARD ROBINSON

                        6/12/2017

                          SHAWN WILLETTDang weather needs to figure out what it is doing!!!! Grrr!!

                          4/1/2017

                            SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Jon's Place

                            3/21/2017

                              SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Athens Outing

                              3/21/2017

                                SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with ROBERT GANGER

                                3/12/2017

                                  SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

                                  Ken, GPAA members can use Athens any time, while the camp is open. There is a camp fee or dig fee depending on if you're staying overnite or not. Chuc...

                                  1/27/2017

                                  SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

                                  Ken, GPAA members can use Athens any time, while the camp is open. There is a camp fee or dig fee depending on if you're staying overnite or not. Chuc...

                                  1/27/2017

                                  SHAWN WILLETTSince the ice wont stick around for finned gold, getting my act together for the 2017 season... ordered the extention for my highbanker today.. 54" more running to catch that butter yella!

                                  1/27/2017

                                    SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: New Michigan Member looking for spots to pan.

                                    Ken, welcome to GPAA! When ya do your travels outside of MI, hit up the chapters in those states. PA has an active chapter as well as OH. I'm the MI c...

                                    1/27/2017

                                    SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with THOMAS FOWLKES

                                    11/23/2016

                                      SHAWN WILLETTI'm in the camp of those that think adulting rates high on the suck-o-meter...

                                      10/28/2016

                                        SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: To Classify or Not To Classify

                                        when highbanking, I pull larger rocks out by hand and wash them separate. Everything else goes in. Panning must classify or gold gonna escape to freed...

                                        4/7/2016

                                        SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: LDMA Camp info...

                                        Lost my handbook and other stuff to water damage several years ago. I moved to LDMA from GPAA many years ago knowing that once I could stop working I'...

                                        4/7/2016

                                        SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Athens Camp "Bring a Friend"

                                        4/7/2016

                                          SHAWN WILLETTregistered for event Athens Camp Common Dig

                                          4/1/2016

                                            SHAWN WILLETTMan, up here in Michigan, it cant decide if it wants to be spring or if it wants to stay winter! I need to get some dirt therapy!

                                            4/1/2016

                                              SHAWN WILLETTcreated the topic: LDMA Camp info...

                                              individual camp info..

                                              2/22/2016

                                              SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                              nice gold in those two pics!

                                              2/20/2016

                                              SHAWN WILLETTlikes this photo: 25lb. gold bearing raw paydirt from online

                                              2/20/2016

                                                SHAWN WILLETTIs now friends with Jonathan Sever

                                                2/20/2016

                                                  SHAWN WILLETTreplied to: RE: 2016 GPAA-LDMA Gold Mining Outings 7-Day

                                                  Keeping my eyes peeled for the update on the 7 day... this would be just the ticket to twist my supervisor up at work!

                                                  12/10/2015

                                                  SHAWN WILLETTcreated the topic: Online map to LDMA properties

                                                  I've got a question, and I thought since I was asking it, some other folks may wish to add their opinions also. Would it be possible to add to the web...

                                                  12/10/2015

                                                  SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                  nice! Would love to go to the people's republic of ca!

                                                  11/28/2015

                                                  SHAWN WILLETTLikes video: Gold Trails Season 2 | Episode 7: "Catch My Drift"

                                                  11/28/2015

                                                    SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                    BZ for the awesome visuals, the good spots for prospector shopping and a demonstration that folks DON'T have to have 1000's of $$ to find color.

                                                    11/28/2015

                                                    SHAWN WILLETTLikes video: Gold Trails Season 2 | Episode 6: "North to Alaska!"

                                                    11/28/2015

                                                      SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                      Liking that ya'll showed an unconventional method of catching that gold! Most newbies will not think of the moss catching color. Nice job!

                                                      11/28/2015

                                                      SHAWN WILLETTLikes video: Gold Trails Season 2 | Episode 5: "Give me Liberty! Give me Gold!"

                                                      11/28/2015

                                                        SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                        Ya just gave me a cupla reasons to head out to Idaho!

                                                        10/26/2015

                                                        SHAWN WILLETTLikes video: Gold Trails Season 2 | Episode 3: "Small Time to Bucket Line"

                                                        10/26/2015

                                                          SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                          thanks for showing that hand crank trommel.. going to check it out now...

                                                          10/7/2015

                                                          SHAWN WILLETT commented on

                                                          likes this comment by Don McElyea: And as usual I have to go shopping after your show. The little hand crank trommel really caught my eye.

                                                          10/7/2015