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I grew up prospecting for and mining Amethyst in the Thunder Bay area. My parents and brothers and I staked our first amethyst claim in 1981, and brought it into production as the Purple Haze Amethyst Mine. Over the next few years, we gradually added to our land position, increased production, and opened our seasonal retail operation in the small tourist town of Kakabeka Falls just west of Thunder Bay. Our 1995 acquisition of the Dorion Amethyst Mine gave us an additional source of gem and specimen amethyst.

After university, I pursued a career as an English teacher for several years. Although weekends and summers permitted time for bush adventures, it wasn't enough. The desire to be outdoors was too strong, and I moved full-time into mining exploration, working on gold, copper and Platinum group elements projects in Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories for the latter half of the 1990s. In 1999, I started what was to be a two week exploration job on a palladium mine's expansion project. The two weeks turned into 17 years, with positions in mine survey and ore control, open pit mine planning, and for the last 7 years, as a senior exploration supervisor.

Although my wife and I enjoy collecting mineral specimens from all over the world, we specialize in Thunder Bay amethyst, many specimens of which came from our family's mines.


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