Meet Tom Hall of the Klondike Gold Fields in Skagway, Alaska. In this video Tom talks about Gold Nuggets, Gold Jewelry, and Pay Dirt from Klondike Gold Fields. Each summer you can talk to Tom at the Klondike Gold Fields in Skagway, Alaska and ask him about Gold and Gold Panning and his easy steps in the art of How To Pan For Gold.Gold Panning is the process of separating the gold from pay dirt. Learn how to pan for Gold with Sluice Box Charlie known as Tom Hall from the Klondike Gold Fields. In this action video Tom shows you how to Pan for Gold using Pay Dirt direct from the Klondike Gold Fields.
How To Gold Pan with Tom Hall
HOW TO PAN
The following simple instructions will help you get started with a gold pan, which can be purchased at a hardware store, rock shop or prospecting supplies store.
First, fill your pan about half or two-thirds full of soil, sand and gravel. Break up lumps of clay and remove the largest stones. Place the pan under water and be sure that all the material gets wet. You may have to mix the contents of the pan with your hands.
Quickly move the level pan from side to side, either under water or while it is full of water rotating its contents to give gold particles a chance to settle to the bottom. While continuing the side-to-side motion, gently tip the pan away from you. Lighter material and larger pieces that come to the top will move to the front of the pan and can be skimmed or scraped over the brim with your thumb.
Repeat the motions until a deposit of fine-grained dark material overlain by a smaller layer of light material remains at the bottom of the pan, adding more water as needed. If you haven’t yet seen any gold in your pan, pour out excess water until enough is left to barely cover the concentrate. Swirl the pan contents in a circular motion to string out or feather the concentrate; lighter particles will be washed farther than the heavier particles, leaving the gold in the tail of the concentrate. Continue swirling water in the pan to further clean the concentrates, being careful not to lose any gold.
Carefully drain out water and let the black sand and gold dry. Lift out most of the black sand with a magnet and separate gold from the remainder of the sediment with tweezers.