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Author Borrowdale Graphite Mine
jonnycarter

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Borrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 27/01/2010 16:28:00
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I am very interested in obtaining some contact details for the Graphite Mine in Borrowdale, Cumbria.

I work as an artist and wish to discuss the possibility of visiting the mine to abstract a pure block of graphite to use in my work.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thumbs Up

Kind Regards

Jonny (Based in Cambridge)
IP: 81.134.101.164 Edited: 29/01/2010 14:17:45 by (moderator)
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 27/01/2010 18:18:06
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jonnycarter wrote:

I am very interested in obtaining some contact details for the Graphite Mine in Burrowdale, Cumbria.

I work as an artist and wish to discuss the possibility of visiting the mine to abstract a pure block of graphite to use in my work.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thumbs Up

Kind Regards

Jonny (Based in Cambridge)


Ive been through the mine on a few occasions, and I can tell u now there is not much in the way of graphite left!

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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 27/01/2010 21:29:13
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It is possible to buy blocks of Graphite without mining it yourself!

Not cheap though.
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 27/01/2010 21:42:25
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Not been yet, but there a trip report about the place here

[web link]

They also make the comment :-

"The one thing you wont find is any Wad - it's all gone!"
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Posted: 27/01/2010 21:48:02
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christwigg wrote:

Not been yet, but there a trip report about the place here

[web link]

They also make the comment :-

"The one thing you wont find is any Wad - it's all gone!"


Curiously, one of the documents attached to the mine entry does suggest that there is some graphite left in there...

This may well make an interesting day out for a trip in the spring some time? Smile

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IP: 86.133.58.97 Edited: 27/01/2010 21:48:34 by Vanoord
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Posted: 27/01/2010 21:58:49
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Vanoord wrote:



This may well make an interesting day out for a trip in the spring some time? Smile


Like Chris I've not been to the mine itself but I've walked round there a bit. You'll love the walk up from the farm if you go.

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Posted: 27/01/2010 22:01:43
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I will?

There's more to it than that, isn't there...? Big Grin

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Posted: 27/01/2010 22:13:52
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Actually no, as long as your not carring the rope it'll be a lovely walk.

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Posted: 27/01/2010 22:24:53
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Almost 100% certain That seathwaite mine is listed as an SSSI, and would most likely carry a hefty fine for removal of any mineral, resource or rock.
I'm almost sure that I remember taking a picture of the laminated sign last time I was there!
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Posted: 27/01/2010 22:53:05
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Vanoord wrote:

I will?

There's more to it than that, isn't there...? Big Grin


Yup, Root loved it when we were there for BB08 Wink

Like simply says though, not much graphite left.
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 27/01/2010 22:57:40
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I get the feeling from that first drawing in the trip report that the approach to the mine is a 45 degree slope.

Would certainly like to give it a try this year though, perhaps the guy from Honister can chopper lift us to the top ?
IP: 82.5.181.28 Edited: 27/01/2010 22:58:08 by christwigg
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 28/01/2010 08:42:34
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It is a very steep climb but you get some nice views from the very top. You can still find bits of graphite on the tips but I wouldn't like to speculate on how pure it is and if it is a SSSI then you could get into trouble for taking bits home, not that I've done that in the past Blush

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Posted: 28/01/2010 12:59:36
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Thanks for the information people! Much appreciated Flowers

@ttxela - do you know where you can purchase blocks of graphite? I've tried Derwent Pencil's Cumbria, and various art suppliers but they only buy graphite in powder form - still searching for the source...

Many thanks
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 28/01/2010 13:41:10
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jonnycarter wrote:

@ttxela - do you know where you can purchase blocks of graphite? I've tried Derwent Pencil's Cumbria, and various art suppliers but they only buy graphite in powder form - still searching for the source...


Is graphite the stuff in electric motor brushes?
If so you could try motor brush suppliers as there were some pretty large brushes available. (when DC ruled the world).
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 28/01/2010 14:43:22
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I believe you can buy sawn blocks of Graphite ready for machining. In the distant past we bought something like this for a project at work. It cost £100 or so for a block a few inches square.

A google search is bound to come up with a supplier.
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Posted: 28/01/2010 17:30:18
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Hi all.
I guess I have been through this mines a couple of dozen times over the years but it was only after I spent 2 days with scientists and B.G.S. geologists during an intensive study of the mine that I became aware there is actually still quite a bit of graphite in the mine...though of course not economic amounts.

The site has a number of protections against removal of minerals etc.

For those interested you can read a paper I wrote about this visit..the results and see photos showing some of the graphite deposits and hand samples.

Download here: [web link]

The paper is called:
Visit & Analysis of the Borrowdale Graphite Deposit.

Jeff


Tweak: Link made clickable.
IP: 81.134.101.164 Edited: 29/01/2010 11:09:29 by (moderator)
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Posted: 28/01/2010 17:38:50
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Trust this is the correct link Jeff. [web link]

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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 28/01/2010 17:43:26
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Thanks for that crankie
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 29/01/2010 06:06:21
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There are small pieces of low grade graphite in there - if you know where to look.

You have to remember that when the mine was operating 'wadd; was so fantastically valuable at ine time they had armed guards on the level mouths to stop pilfering.

Consequently it was pretty much picked clean of any decent stuff. I found a couple of walnut sized pieces in the spoil at the bottom of the Grand Pipe. Very impure though but it did make a mark on paper.
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Burrowdale Graphite Mine
Posted: 29/01/2010 06:30:05
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there's a widespread misconception regarding the relationship between minerals in their natural state and their refined form.

People rarely understand that production grades usually range from ounces per tonne to single figure percentages at best, and chunks of native metals etc are very rare

plus the 1930s saw a general picking-over of any accessible workings by men with plenty of time, few direct costs and direct experience of what they were looking for.
IP: 82.32.67.44 Edited: 29/01/2010 06:32:43 by derrickman
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