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As an exploration geologist my career covers over 45 years of primarily field experience in the mining and petroleum industries and a short time curating mineral collections. I started as a generalist in 1969 acquiring minerals by trading, silver picking (purchasing) and field collecting. The collection is wide ranging from micro-mounts to cabinet size, plus a smattering of ore specimens and fossils. In the later 1980’s and on, my collecting passion experienced a hiatus due to career and family, as well as a foray into entrepreneurship in the form of a pub and restaurant.
Early on (1970’s) I field collected mostly in western Canada and USA. Working mineral exploration took me around Canada and to central Africa (Ghana, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo). In oil exploration, client’s requirements have sent me to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories for Canada and Montana in the USA. Being largely confined to the exploration projects I had little chance to interact with locals, and in retrospect, I have realized the missed opportunities being "next door" to some of the world's great mineral deposits in Africa.
Until recently (2015) the bulk of my mineral collection was in storage but nearing retirement, the passion has flared up again. I have rediscovered many specimens I had forgotten and realized there are boxes of field collected micromount material, my initial collecting efforts which await further exploration. Fortunately, I kept my lifetime subscription to the Mineralogical Record Magazine which I took out in 1970 (the magazine’s inception) at the Vancouver Gem and Mineral show from none other than Mr. John White, founder, editor and publisher. I think in my entire life, that subscription has been one of my best investments!
Aside from the obvious aesthetics of crystals, I also have a strong Interest in geological processes; mineral paragenesis, depositional environments, structural geology, hydrothermal systems, metamorphic facies, etc. Matrix specimens with associated mineral species are particularly interesting being one of the top criteria if I am “silver picking”.
How did I get started or what is my earliest recollection of a rock encounter? In Pointe Claire, Montreal in the summer of 1959, as an eight-year-old playing hide and seek and thinking it cleaver, I squeezed under a rock ledge. A not too heavy slab of rock was dislodged landing on my stomach and, in throwing it off, I noticed strange patterns in the rock. Showing it around I was informed that those were fossils. Later at the start of high school, the grade eight geography class introduced me to minerals. My other passion that dominated my hobby time during my teens was sailing, but first year university and the introductory earth sciences course heralded my geology career and mineral pursuit.
I feel particularly fortunate to have known and been in the company of curator Joe Nagel, fellow mineral enthusiast Robert Woodside and zeolite expert Rudy Tschernich and now, into the future with fellow devotees and experts at the website.
On a side note and if you are wondering about my avatar, its a pair of skyscrapers in Calgary, Alberta inspired the the nearby Rocky Mountains, according to the architect firm. To me they look like a pair of topaz crystals.

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