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Tucson 2009 Report 7

W e went through a brief change in the weather from warm and cloudless to cloudy and rainy/snowy this past week.  But the Main Show time has finally arrived so everyone, still here, is feeling warm at heart.


Tucson on Feb 10 with snow in the Catalina mountains.

Set up day is a combination of chaos, friendly visits and an early look to see what dealers have been holding back that is new.
 
Here in Dudley's booth Scott Wallace (reddish shirt) and J.T. load up some of the cases with faceted gemstones.
Colorado collector Ralph Clark is seen talking wth Dudley (hat) just left of J.T.
 
I know I have talked about Dudley's adventures in the past and if you are a subscriber to the Mineralogical Record you have likely read of some of Dudley's trips to Asia in pursuit of gemstones and minerals. For his booth area Dudley prepared pictures of some of his trips to Pakistan and Viet Nam to give folks a sense of what these areas are like and how the people, who live there get by.  He posted about 20 pictures or so and I snapped a few.  If you are in Tucson it is well worth the time to visit Dudley's booth to see the pictures... and minerals of course! 
 
   
Dudley at the Shai Wali mine, Haramosh mts. in Pakistan.
   
 
The Kai Trung Tourmaline mine near Luc Yen, Viet Nam .
 
 
   
Dudley settling in for a meal in a village in Pakistan.
 
 
Here's Dudley writing captions for the photos he posted around his booth.
 
 
 
 Matt Web abd Rob Sielecki working on the Ausrox booth.
 
 
 
The task master Isaias Casanova (right) with "hired" help John Schneider of Kentucky. 
 
When the task master is upset he sends the help to his room...
 
 
   
Tucson dealer and cigar buddy Dave Douglass getting his shop in order. 
 
 
  
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds booth for all the fluorescent fans and those from the 1960's.
 
 
The theme for the show this year is Mineral Oddities.  The first case to be set up was of a "tanked" miner by the name of Dave Bunk.  This is a facsimile of Dave after a typical mineral collecting trip with all of his collecting gear on display - hammer, chisel, lamp, flats with TP for wrapping and one of his many emtpy bottles of courage. 
  
 
The collecting master Dave Bunk.
 
 
Nothing but the good stuff for Dave...
 
 
"Hey everybody! I just found a piece of quartz with part of a termination!"
 
 
Reno, Nevada dealer Alan Day, of Mineral Exploration Services, had some enormous nuggets on display in his booth from California.  These nuggets were collected and preserved during the California Gold Rush era and were likely from the Yuba River area though no one knows for sure. The nugget collection was formerly owned by the old Reno Nugget Casino now closed. 
 
The average weight here is 15-18 troy ounces!
 
 
A mere 30 ounce nugget...
 
 
 
The beast of the show - a 60+ troy ounce nugget !! Oh Mercy !!
 
 
I am always pleased to see my friend, French dealer Francois Lietard.  He has an exceptional taste for high quality minerals and seems to always bring something new and interesting to shows around the world.
 
A beautiful 5 cm, gem canary yellow specimen of anglesite.
 
A 7 cm cluster of sphene crystals from Tormiq, Pakistan.
 
Two specimens of deep Pulsifer Mine purple colored apatite from the Sorey Mine, Dara Pech, Kunar, Afghanistan.
 
Francois also brought his assistant, Blandine Pupier, to help.  It is Blandine's first trip to the United States ever and she is having the time of her life.  Francois asked that I put a small YouTube clip of her on the report and I did my best to get her to say hello but... oh well, shyness is what it is.  She has an infectous smile to say the least.

 

 
Opening day at the show... A lot of dealers are thinking traffic will be light this year for several reasons - the theme last year was the theme of the century and with the economy and all the thought is many will stay home for this go round.  Well I arrived at around 11:00 AM on Thursday and the parking lots were full. I ended up about a half mile away so traffic wasn't that light at all. 
 
View of the east enterance on opening day at the show. The weather was miserable...    ;^)
 
The floors were packed until about 2:00 pm then it thinned out.   I went directly to Western Minerals to see Gene and Jackie Schlepp.  They are dispersing the late Marve Rausch collection and there were plenty of very good specimens available.  I was pleased to find several specimens that were reasonably priced.
 
Evan Jones is also featuring several new things this year from the Milpillas mine in Mexico as well as a new find of aquamarine and fluorite from Arizona in the Santa Teresa Mountains of Graham County.  He showed me the best of both from the find and they are available at his booth at the main show.
 


Two specimens of the new violet fluorite from the Santa Teresa Mountains. The specimen on the left is 20 cm across and the one on the right 5.5 across.


The best aqua specimen in Evan's hand. A TN specimen available in Evan's booth case on the right.

 


Exceptionally good specimens of ramsdellite from Arizona in Evan's booth.

 


Lustrous new copper specimens with minor cuprite from the Milpillas mine also with Evan.

 


Evan and his girl friend Melissa packing up my specimens.

 


Dan & Diana Weinrich have new specimens of Barite from Iowa.

 


Here is the head of Paul Pohwat. Paul is the owner of myriad funny jokes and also has an exceptional understanding of mineralogy and what constitutes
a good mineral. Should you see this head at a mineral show don't hesitate to introduce yourself and try to one up  him in the joke department.


Past Shows & Reports
PLEASE NOTE: The minerals that were offered on these pages are all sold
1999
Munich Show
2000
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2001
Sainte Marie Show
Munich Show
2002
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2003
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2004
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2005
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2006
Tucson Show
Bologna Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
Munich Show
2007
Tucson Show
Dallas Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2008
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show
2009
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2010
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show

Munich Show

2011
Tucson Show
San Francisco Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show
Munich Show

2012
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
East Coast Show
Denver Show 
Munich Show

2013
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
Crystal Days (Poland)
Munich Show  

 

 
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