Here I am in my element about 6 miles west of Black Canyon City, Arizona in Yavapai county. The claim is called Honey Bee, and the day was perfect. It was quiet, cool, and there was water.
I like to do whatever I can on my own – including the manufacture of what I need. There is nothing wrong with going to a retail mining store for what you want, but if you would like to try it on your own try building a dry washer. You’ll need plans, of course. There are sites where you can pay for plans. But I have found a place on the Internet where there is an explanation of the use of the dry washer along with photos and rough plan that one could use to build a good dry washer.
Having just gotten my first dry washer I can attest to the fact that you will process more material, and hence, get more gold flake. Don’t forget to metal detect those piles of material the dry washer leaves behind. There’s nuggets in them piles! (Sometimes:) Click below to see.
The riffles here are made out of quarter rounds, flat side facing away. When you have cranked the wheel and all overburden has been shaken off, detach the riffle box, slide it out, and dump what remains in a bucket. If there is any gold, it will be in the material you dump in the bucket. Gold is 19 times denser than an equal volume of water.