David K. Joyce

We all worked hard but generally, it is accepted that George is at his best when he is reducing outcrops to rubble with a 16 pound sledge hammer and car springs. He uses portions of very tapered car springs that have been sharpened with a gradual taper at one end. He taps the springs into the thinnest of cracks and pounds on them with a crack hammer or a big sledge and before you know it, the thin cracks are wide cracks and that portion of the outcrop surrenders. Here he is pounding from a fairly awkward stance on springs in an horizonal crack. With any luck, there is a crystal pocket or seam behind the rocks that are removed. We never know what might be there!!