Although mining alone is great therapy it is nice to see fellow rock enthusiast occasionally, although it does have a tendency to slow down production. Terry Szenics whom I purchased the Havey mine from and Ray Woodman stopped by for a visit. Both are very knowledgable about Maine mining and have some very interesting stories to share about their past mining and mineral adventures. With Terry living in the New York area and owning a mine in Maine, it made it hard to work so he decided to sell and I ended up being the lucky individual who bought the Havey. Terry mined the Havey back around 1976 blasting and removing about 1800 yds of material. Removing this rock sure made my job a lot easier when it came time to start moving rock. He had made a nice trench for me to be able to work off from. Terry has had many mining successes in his lifetime of mining including a significant find of purple apatites at the Pulsifer quarry at Mount Apatite, which is only about a mile as the crow flies away from the Havey. Ray Woodman a retired State of Maine geologist had what many considered one of if not the best collection of Maine minerals which has gone to the Maine Mineral Museum which should open in 2012 in Bethel. Ray had purchased some of the specimens that Terry had found during his mining episode at the Havey including some cinnamon colored tourmaline. I was envious. I guess I will just have to do some more mining and hopefully there are more cinnamon tourmaline crystals left.
|Ray Woodman and Terry Szenics visit the mine. Ray may not be as spry as he used to be but he is still keeps his ear to the ground on what is going on in the Maine mining community. Terry liked the "new drill".|
|contact between the country rock and pegmatite|
|An interesting area of schorl that was uncovered on the north side of the quarry|
|a promising area|
|a pocket is just below and behind the dendrites|
|Remnants of a herderite pocket. Compare with photo above|