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The Obsidiot

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Hello from Central Oregon
« on: April 14, 2019, 03:44:42 PM »

Hello everyone, thank you for letting me join your community. I've been rockhounding for a few years now and am completely addicted. I will stop for rocks often and although my vehicle seats 8 people there's no room for passengers at this point. I've gotten some amazing rock around here and I'm very close to making a business of it. I'm absolutely captivated by my siren song, iridescent magnetite in obsidian, or fire obsidian. I expect to be ocuppying a claim on Glass Buttes this summer mining fire obsidian and other types of obsidian until November sometime. I refurbished several old machines recently and have mounted them in my motorhome. Now it's a mobile rock shop. I have a 12" saw, 10" custom trim saw and arbor setup with a supergrinder and 2 hard wheels, 2, 8" poly's with custom pans and shrouds and 6, 8x3 bump wheels converted into diamond resin wheels, a Richardson's ranch low-speed buffer, a Richardson's highspeed grinder , and a glastar stained glass thimble grinder. I'm relatively quiet but friendly and talk much more when comfortable. I hopesometime we might be able to dig some rocks and share stories. I'll see you around!
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 04:14:45 PM »

  Welcome , Very nice. How many spare tires are you taking?
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 04:36:40 PM »

Welcome! Lovely stones.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 06:17:53 PM »

I take 2 spares , I have good 10 ply tires. The trick is to never let your tires spin from losing traction. If you spin them it really doesn't matter what tires you're using. Just need a little smarts and good choices.

Thanks, just two stones I had handy.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 07:13:06 PM »

Welcome from over the ridge on the McKenzie... :occasion14:
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 07:05:12 AM »

I am a two spare person also in that country. A rockhound  from Washington went down there for six weeks and went through 10 tires.no comment.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 07:05:57 AM »

Welcome from Northern Arizona!

Beautiful fire obsidian you have there.  Hope you'll entertain us with some pictures during your digs in Glass Buttes.  I have never been there and would love to see pics of your adventures.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 12:24:13 PM »

Hello everyone, thank you for letting me join your community. I've been rockhounding for a few years now and am completely addicted. I will stop for rocks often and although my vehicle seats 8 people there's no room for passengers at this point. I've gotten some amazing rock around here and I'm very close to making a business of it. I'm absolutely captivated by my siren song, iridescent magnetite in obsidian, or fire obsidian. I expect to be ocuppying a claim on Glass Buttes this summer mining fire obsidian and other types of obsidian until November sometime. I refurbished several old machines recently and have mounted them in my motorhome. Now it's a mobile rock shop. I have a 12" saw, 10" custom trim saw and arbor setup with a supergrinder and 2 hard wheels, 2, 8" poly's with custom pans and shrouds and 6, 8x3 bump wheels converted into diamond resin wheels, a Richardson's ranch low-speed buffer, a Richardson's highspeed grinder , and a glastar stained glass thimble grinder. I'm relatively quiet but friendly and talk much more when comfortable. I hopesometime we might be able to dig some rocks and share stories. I'll see you around!

My Wife and I were planning our first trip to Glass Butte this Spring and after seeing your amazing pieces I have to ask if you could direct me to an area where I would have a chance to find pieces of similar characteristics.  I have appreciated the warnings re tire damage and I'll be driving a non 4x4 truck with only one spare, so that may limit my opportunity to find stuff out in the bush.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 04:21:25 PM »

Welcome from Southern Nevada.
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2019, 09:23:21 PM »

Fire Obsidian looks as good as it sounds. Thanks for the pics mate and cheers from Edinburgh.  :occasion14:
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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2019, 02:30:13 PM »

Lovely stones, welcome from a fellow central-Oregon'er!
I had heard the "Magnetite" claims were under dispute because the mineral under claim was not being extracted from the obsidian, which isn't claimable under current Oregon mining law (grandfathered claims excepted). I don't mind being corrected if this is wrong, as it's hearsay from another local old-timer. I'm on the other side of the Ochocos from that area and haven't made it around the hill to poke about for obsidian myself yet, but wouldn't mind having a known-friendly-face to look for if I do make it out onto the BLM.
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I rock hunt in the Antelope/Ashwood area of the John Day river basin in Oregon. 90% of what I post is from this area, from private property where I have permission to hike and collect. The material I find is for personal use only, I do not have landowner permission to sell. Thanks for understanding!

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Re: Hello from Central Oregon
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2019, 10:31:28 AM »

Fire Obsidian looks as good as it sounds. Thanks for the pics mate and cheers from Edinburgh.  :occasion14:
Tons of old-dig obsidian from Glass Buttes was shipped to Scotland approx. 8 years ago to complete an art installation at Jupiter Artland not far from you. There was a mix of types, including Fire obsidian. I wonder what ever happened to any extras that weren't used in the installation and whether the artist would be willing to part with them? Here is a link: The Light Pours Out of Me

I had heard the "Magnetite" claims were under dispute because the mineral under claim was not being extracted from the obsidian, which isn't claimable under current Oregon mining law (grandfathered claims excepted).
And probably not even "grandfathered" claims is what the situation seems to be. It's still a mess, and will continue to be until it gets actually goes through the courts.
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