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Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
pwhole

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 22:00:54   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
I have nothing more sophisticated at home than a small graduated flask, but both 'iron' lumps displaced exactly 25 ml of water, as close as I could get. I re-weighed them on some better scales and got
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
pwhole

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 13:23:38   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
Here's some photos - first of the slag - no.1 is on the day I found it, and the others taken today. It's very light, weighing only 69g, and feels like holding pumice:

[link]120596[linkphoto
Topic: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
pwhole

Forum: South East England   Posted: 25/05/2020 01:23:12   Subject: Worth Iron Furnace - nodule (photo)
I've got a couple of interesting lumps that I found some time ago, though I'm struggling to remember where - possibly Rotherham area, but I pick up so much stuff I just have piles lying around now. I
Topic: Rare Welsh gold hunt
pwhole

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/05/2020 00:29:22   Subject: Rare Welsh gold hunt
Is this the Omagh one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfH7TOvZYBA

I have a friend from Bangor in NI, and I'm sure she told me years ago that gold had been 'discovered' under the
Topic: Cwmorthin Vandalism
pwhole

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/05/2020 15:52:05   Subject: Cwmorthin Vandalism
[quote]Mind, there are some proper planks about:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-police-stand-surfer-refusing-18253089[/quote]

Hahah - on a motorised plank
Topic: Cwmorthin Vandalism
pwhole

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/05/2020 23:58:42   Subject: Cwmorthin Vandalism
I can't tell if they mean for visitors to go home or the disease. Unclear messaging! And why trash a cultural feature? Baffling.
Topic: Back underground ????
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2020 15:06:26   Subject: Back underground ????
Posted some pics - it's easy to see what it became a popular site for parties. I had to drag one guy down from that cliff when he decided to go 'free-climbing' at 3am with only a strobing UV light for
Topic: Back underground ????
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2020 13:18:08   Subject: Back underground ????
I just remembered I have some good photos of this site, so I'll stick them up shortly ;)
Topic: Back underground ????
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2020 11:21:06   Subject: Back underground ????
I still live in fear that she's out there, somewhere, waiting to give me a big, sweaty goggle-eyed fifteen-minute hug for no reason at all - and then kick me in the nuts.

The icing on the c
Topic: Back underground ????
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/05/2020 00:26:11   Subject: Back underground ????
[quote="Roger the Cat"]I may be a Grumpy Old Man, but it does seem to me watching the punters punt over the years, that there really is a Crowd Culture in the UK. OK, there are packed places in the Th
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/05/2020 21:37:52   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
I've just got one day's work doing rope-access work tomorrow - so at least the company that hired me haven't gone bust yet. Ironically it's at a hospital, but outside, and sounds like an emergency rep
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2020 14:15:33   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
[quote]Seconded.
I have passed your post along.
PDMHS have a hut (Magpie Mine) that still needs paying for and we do employ staff for the museum and Temple mine.[/quote]
I resisted maki
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2020 00:41:53   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
Well I am losing my livelihood, as I pointed out above - I can't work unless it's at home, and there's not much of that kind of work these days - I just finished my last home job. I earn most of my mo
Topic: Free money for clubs with huts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/04/2020 21:36:02   Subject: Free money for clubs with huts
The TSG brings in hundreds of visitors a year to Castleton, most of whom go caving there and spend money at the local shops and pubs. We've worked with the Parish Council, the local history group and
Topic: RIP Steve Thompson
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/04/2020 23:37:56   Subject: RIP Steve Thompson
Steve was a huge help to me, digging out all kinds of scraps from his records - and even sending me new scraps he'd found whilst looking through archives for his own research, which was amazing. His w
Topic: Miners Tools.
pwhole

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 21/04/2020 14:19:28   Subject: Miners Tools.
[quote="AR"]I didn't think the double-head pick was old when I looked at it, and I'm sure it's cast steel, not wrought iron. There are known to have been very small picks used in lead mining and there
Topic: Miners Tools.
pwhole

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 20/04/2020 23:19:28   Subject: Miners Tools.
We also found this pick at roughly the same time and depth, though we were never quite as certain on whether this one was as old. The near tip does seem to be 'peeling' back though like wrought iron m
Topic: Miners Tools.
pwhole

Forum: Mining Methods & Techniques   Posted: 19/04/2020 12:59:25   Subject: Miners Tools.
We found this splendid example whilst excavating the shaft at Longcliffe - it was buried in the rubble about 10m below the original start level and 10m above the eventual floor, so most likely it was
Topic: Pangolin
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 14/04/2020 23:28:04   Subject: Pangolin
[quote="Wormster"][quote="pwhole"]Just be thankful it's a pangolin and not a peccary...[/quote]

Pangloins are cute, Peccaries are a different kettle of fish, according to Gerrald Durrell!
Topic: Pangolin
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 11/04/2020 23:12:55   Subject: Pangolin
Just be thankful it's a pangolin and not a peccary...
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 15:09:28   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
[quote="gNick"][quote="pwhole"]Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? ;)[/quote]

No, just people are likely to have a limited stock of large heavy objects so reducing them to smaller
Topic: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/04/2020 00:54:36   Subject: Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? ;)
Topic: Top Tip
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/04/2020 20:50:43   Subject: Top Tip
No spare lifting weights here, but I've got a 15kg lump of vein material with 2cm of galena in it that I foolishly brought out of a mine years ago - maybe I should put half a broom handle through the
Topic: JH mine
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/04/2020 14:49:32   Subject: JH mine
We always figured that we hadn't traversed the full extent of the workings westwards - the mine was eight meers long, with one to the east of the founder, I think, so we should have had at least one m
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/04/2020 14:25:46   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
It's likely, though not absolutely proven, that the mine has been blocked since the early 19th Century, if not earlier, and we found these on our breakthrough trip, so we can probably discount any 'li
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/04/2020 13:14:02   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
I may as well open these items up to a wider audience - found underground but close to surface, in a mostly natural chamber clearly used more for ore-processing than actual mining, with two possible b
Topic: JH mine
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 01/04/2020 00:38:36   Subject: JH mine
All this talk of JH reminded me to get some photos up - of the dig and a few of the Backburner Choke, as that's not been covered before:

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/Album/Photographs-Of-James
Topic: JH mine
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/03/2020 23:44:14   Subject: JH mine
I've done my bit. Thanks ;D

You wouldn't believe how many enquiries I've had recently about recreating my 'old-skool' 3D style for current projects or ads (even offering money in some insta
Topic: JH mine
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 31/03/2020 22:12:54   Subject: JH mine
Yep - I still got a few copies left, but probably less than five! You can order one here if you want one:

https://www.pwhole.com/castleton.htm

I may also be able to dig out some
Topic: Dark Theme
pwhole

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 31/03/2020 22:02:33   Subject: Dark Theme
I had a look at the 'Night Light' option in Windows 10 and I considered it so red and so dark as to be unusable, and my monitor is too bright above 40%. My problem is that if accurate colour judgment
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 22:25:43   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Me and my friend found a well-used condom way past daylight near the old dig in Windy Knoll cave in Castleton last year. This section is quite muddy too, so it showed some dedication to the cause cons
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/03/2020 13:19:36   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
I found this crystallised insect in Odin Mine in an old stope under the shale, well off the main route, on the day we found the floor-collapse years ago - not sure what type of insect it is, but it co
Topic: Nuggets!
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2020 13:14:14   Subject: Nuggets!
Wait, there's more...;)

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/foy4fi/why_not_just_make_it_at_home_buddy/
Topic: Nuggets!
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2020 11:47:51   Subject: Nuggets!
[quote="50shadesofgreen"]https://ogwen-rescue.org.uk/incident-details/[/quote]

That page reads best with banjo music playing in the background. Frank Zappa famously stated years ago that t
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/03/2020 11:34:34   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
I managed to dig out the horse skull photo - terrible quality but I was in a rather precarious position at the time. But this is looking upwards at the base of a false floor, so the skull didn't 'fall
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/03/2020 17:06:36   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
A fox skeleton near the sole workings of a Moss Rake mine, near Bradwell. The odd thing is that it was nowhere near the engine shaft, but at the base of a climbing shaft in the roof of a small worksho
Topic: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/03/2020 01:07:05   Subject: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
I've just managed to find the article I mentioned, which is a slightly faded photocopy of documents in the BCL. It's Cave Science, Volume 5, No. 39, from April 1966. If it's of interest I'll scan it,
Topic: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/03/2020 23:34:09   Subject: Lead mine Longstone Moor Derbyshire
I think I have a couple of Nellie Kirkham articles from Cave Science at home that cover this area - I'll try and remember to have a look when I get back - I'm in the City of Virus at the moment, holed
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:52:32   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
There's a little bit on this page, although I don't remember tree-planting being offered as an option in the C4N report:

https://www.westcumbriamining.com/will-mean-west-cumbria/wcm-sustain
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2020 20:28:25   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
https://www.channel4.com/news/council-approves-plans-to-build-first-deep-coal-mine-for-30-years
Topic: Woodhouse Colliery
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/02/2020 19:44:01   Subject: Woodhouse Colliery
There was an interesting feature on the upcoming Woodhouse Colliery on Channel 4 News just now - focusing mostly on the claim that the site will be 'carbon neutral'. It should pop up on this page at s
Topic: Sten
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/02/2020 11:30:34   Subject: Sten
WTF? I thought all parts had gone, worldwide? I may have to order a spare cable or two then just in case the end that Roy can't convert gets trashed! As that will be mine dead again - I don't have any
Topic: Sten
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/02/2020 11:06:44   Subject: Sten
I can vouch for Roy's conversion - mine's seen plenty of action recently (I've been doing a lot of close-up digging work and the Dragon's too bright!) and had no issues at all. The connector is very r
Topic: A 1958 National Coal Board (NCB) Documentary On The History Of Coal Mining : Nine Centuries Of Coal
pwhole

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 21/01/2020 11:30:39   Subject: A 1958 National Coal Board (NCB) Documentary On The History Of Coal Mining : Nine Centuries Of Coal
That is fabulous - thanks.
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2019 17:40:44   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
Acetone = Pear Drops. Yum ;)
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2019 14:17:01   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
I always preferred Tipp-Ex personally ;)
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/11/2019 12:03:39   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 152
The latest edition of The Derbyshire Caver (No. 152) has just been released on the DCA website - print copies have been mailed to subscribers. It features, amongst other useful items, an article by Pe
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
pwhole

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 13:29:23   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
That's never happened to me, no. I replaced the skinny pull cord that came with the ascender quite quickly with some 2mm accessory cord, as it wasn't robust enough for the trips I do, and that made it
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
pwhole

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 13:07:34   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
I've been using the same Camp Turbochest for close to three years now (just about to replace it due to worn teeth), but there's no rust on the cam at all - a tiny bit on the back spring, but that's it
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 151
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/04/2019 12:59:05   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 151
Issue 151 of The Derbyshire Caver is now available to download from the DCA website, and printed copies have been sent out to those who subscribe. This issue is very much conservation-themed, with sev
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