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I have been building drywashers since 1998. I was working in northern Nevada when one of the men I worked with wanted me to go drywashing with him. I had never used a drywasher before, but looking for gold was not new to me. I used to spend a lot of time panning and using an underwater dredge around the Sonora, California area. I told him that I would like to go drywashing with him. We went to a wash out in the desert he said had some gold in it. He had a leaf blower drywasher. He showed me how to set it up. We ran it about half a day and I was hooked.
I decided to buy one until I found out how much they cost. I have always worked with wood and metal, so I checked around and found some plans for a wooden bellows drywasher. I built one for myself. There was no crank on it. I had to work the bellows by hand. It worked really well. I found a little bit of gold. My friend told me that if I put a hand crank on it he would buy one from me. So I did. Another guy I worked with wanted one too. My friend told me that I should make some and sell them. Thatís how I got started. I made wooden drywashers for about two years, then I started building them out of aluminum. I have made many improvements on them since the first one. I enjoy making them. I try to sell them at a price people can afford.
Every part on them is hand made by me. I am retired and this is my hobby. When Iím working in my shop I lose track of time. I love it!
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