Aboriginal Native American Mica Mining
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The Painting is on Display

The painting on display at the Yancey County Visitor's Center

The Painting is Completed

Jerry Newton delivered the painting May 31st, 2013.

The painting will be visiting a couple of photographers during the week of June 3rd and then go on display according to the following schedule:

June 10th-July 31st- Yancey County Visitor's Center

August 3rd- Presentation at the North Carolina Gem and
                 Mineral Show at the Pinebridge Convention
                 Center, Sruce Pine, NC

Pat Howell Inspected Robinson Mine Tools- May 30, 2013
I met with Pat Howell at DT's Coffee Shop and Cafe on Lower Street in Spruce Pine on May 30th, 2013.

I met with Pat Howell at DT's so that he could inspect the Robinson Mine tools and compare them to the tools he discovered at the tunnel he found at the Sink Hole Mine in the early 1950s.

He was positive that the tools he found at the Sink Hole Mine were very different from the Robinson Mine tools.  Although the size was comparable, the degree of workmanship was better and the material was completely different.  The tools he found had sharper well defined edges which were flaked off similar to spear points.  Also, the material was a dark gray in color and had conchoidal fracture allowing sharper edges and a well defined point.

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