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Joe Chmiel
Joe is an avid detectorist and is the owner of advancedminingequipment.com. He welcomes questions or comments via email.

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Articles by Joe Chmiel
Give That Club Claim A Chance

My first trip to the claim was the tip-off that there might be larger gold to be found. I brought my puffer drywasher and my dad to a local prospecting club outing that was held at the claim.

August 2015 (Vol. 84, No. 12)
The Madonna Nugget

It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.

October 2013 (Vol. 83, No. 2)
Backwards Find

I furiously started pulling material out of the side wall and putting it in my scoop. It didn't take long to discover that the source of the scream was from a one-ounce chunk...

July 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 11)
A Father and Son Prospecting Adventure

As I write this, I am still on a rush from taking my 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, prospecting for the first time this past weekend. It’s not that he hasn’t been along on numerous outings before: this is the first time that just the two of us went out for a day of drywashing and detecting under the desert sun.

May 2013 (Vol. 82, No. 9)