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Paul De Bondt has uploaded:
1803 Mineral Photos
339 Locality Photos
21 Other Photos

Paul has published 2 articles on mindat.org
 
I was born as Henri-Paul De Bondt, son of De Bondt Alphonsius, a roof Slater, and Angéla Vanhaelen, housewife, in 1957 in Strombeek-Bever, Belgium. I am married to Claire de Coen and have 3 sons, Geoffroy, Jonathan and Thibaut. I have a degree as carpenter and antique furniture restorer. In 1983, I obtained a bachelor in biochemistry. I used to work as sales manager in a big French company for almost 25 years. Now I work in 2 schools close to home. I speak, read and write fluently Dutch, French, German and English. My sons are not very interested in minerals, so far. I hope to contaminate them one day or at least one of them.

I started collecting minerals very early in my childhood. As far as I remember, I was always collecting things and my pockets were stuffed with pebbles and rocks. My father, a roof slater, brought me pieces of slate from Martelange with little pyrite cubes in them. I was so astonished, how yellow “blocks “could have formed in rocks. My favorite play was to sneak into the coal-cellar to search for pyrite crystals and shiny anthracite. To great displeasure of my mother, you can imagine why, but my father found it interesting and a good time passing moment, better than just hanging around.
My true collecting breakthrough came in 1977 when I purchased the basement specimens of canon Poncelet. Since then I attend several shows a year combined with field trips in Belgium, Europe and especially Cornwall. My great partner to obtain specimens was Gilbert Gauthier. Thanks to his friendship since 1978, I was able to build my collection. Without him, my collection would have been minor.

This is what I collect :
Old Classics, especially Cornwall and Devon.
Belgian and Alpine minerals.
Systematically Tsumeb, Katanga and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.
I also have a particular interest for prehnite, anatase, native arsenic and schalenblende from all over the world.
Panasqueira is one of my favorite localities too.
My collection consists of more than 5500 mineral specimens.
I am still looking for species that fits in my interests.
I collect petrified wood , fossil sharkteeth and cowry seashells too.
My other hobbies are cooking and nature photography.

Please, take a look at my gallery. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I had the joy to collect them.
If you have any question, please feel free to drop me a mail. Always happy to help.

Zenjoy.

Paul.

 

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