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Londonderry Red: Results!

July 2nd, 2007

As you can see from the photo above, refining the red ochre my brother and I collected from the old mine in Londonderry resulted in a wonderfully bright red pigment. It took longer to dry than I had anticipated, but I am so happy with the results that I’m not put out by that at … Read more

Refining Londonderry Red

June 14th, 2007

The colour within my pallet that I am most unhappy right now is my reds. I have had little success in claiming or modifying the rocks I collected but today I thought I would give is one more try. After sorting through the rock samples my brother and I collected and grinding these down as … Read more

Nova Scotia Pigments

April 10th, 2007

It has been 9 months since my brother, Aaron, and I spent the week collecting pigment/rock samples from old mines in Nova Scotia and the verdict is in as to which of these samples are usable. While I am excited about these colours, not all of them were what I expected (as you will read). … Read more

Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia

August 21st, 2006

The site of the old Dunbrack Mine caught our interest because the minerals found at the site included two rarities of particular interest: Azurite and Malachite. A local man who we met at the Nova Scotia Gem & Mineral Show, Doug, was kind enough to give us some details of what to look for and … Read more

Paint Brook, Nova Scotia

August 20th, 2006

Today, our search for pigment led us out to Paint Brook, in Elmsvale … The information we had raved about the quality of the gold ochre and burnt sienna pigments found at this source. After speaking with a local man (who told us to, “go fill your boots”!) we headed up the brook. The brook … Read more

Glencoe Pilgrimage

August 20th, 2006

The man who we met on the trail laughed when we ask him where the mine was in Glencoe. “There has never been a mine here”, he stated. I didn’t notice the playful gleam in his eye and began to protest when he cut in with a laugh, “It was just a pit!” When I … Read more

West Gore Pilgrimage

August 19th, 2006

We weren’t able to find out much about the old West Gore Mine, but the promise of a black Stibnite vein, “six feet wide” sounded promising when we headed out. Upon arriving it became obvious that the actual mining works were abandoned many, many years ago and there wasn’t a lot to see from that … Read more

Londonderry Pilgrimage

August 17th, 2006

Londonderry (then called Acadia Mines) was the location of a large iron mine and works until the 1920s. While no longer used to produce iron, the colours reported from this site included a wide range: Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Brown Ochre, and Indian Red. This sounded promising and we thus made it the first stop … Read more