I wish to be a good caretaker of the land I am privileged to use. We invite and have hundreds of students visit yearly to experience our way of mining and relating to the environment. This is also a very fulfilling aspect of our work which can be arranged for school groups though our office at little or no expense.
Over the past 20 years I have been involved in much charitable work in our community. We have donated or sold quality specimens to museums worldwide which are currently on exhibition. One of our more recent projects was with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. Their earth science gallery, called "Dynamic Earth", opened May 26th, 1999 with a spectacular permanent display of minerals and gemstones from around the world. We were asked by the curators to provide quartz specimens to re-create a crystal cave and assorted vugs. The end result is the entrance to this gallery is a 40 foot high crevice which you can walk through; lined with our crystals from the floor to the ceiling. I am pleased to have a part in such a permanent exhibit which touches so many lives. Millions of people pass through the museum yearly. Maybe our crystals will play a part in interesting children in the earth sciences and in turn, a bonding relationship with all nature.
Currently, my focus is on producing the more rare and unusual quartz crystal types. Phantom, (manganese included), crystals are our mainstay, also smoky crystals and huge single crystals are being mined currently. Occasionally, we find huge clusters weighing thousands of pounds and laboriously extract these intact to clean and market.
At this time we have three separate mines to provide our current selection. We have enough equipment to operate two sites simultaneously depending on demand. These cover approx. 100 acres of usable area on U.S. Forest lands and on Bureau of Land Management lands. Our private holdings are not producing at this time.
Our inventory consists of hundreds of tons of crystals and other minerals from around the world. Our 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse provides our customers the largest selection and a peaceful atmosphere. We also stock a wide variety of products for resale.
I have a great group of employees/friends from all over the U.S. The blend of people and talents make for a very effective work force here to serve your needs. We offer service and reliable supply for your successful business.
In closing I would like to say that the thrill of that first time a crystals vug was found is the same thrill today. I have learned by my mistakes and proudly mine with an environmentally balanced intent and plan. Since 1979 we have reclaimed several mine sites, which entails filling in the excavation, building drainage, vegetating and fertilizing each site. Additionally, we have planted over 52,000 trees which more than replaces those removed during mining. I profess to love the earth and work to be a caretaker, but conversely I am a crystal miner retrieving natures bounty to benefit mankind. I hope that our work will inspire others. My sons, Eric & Steven Wegner, lovingly keep me connected with my inner child. I am truly blessed.
P.S. To all our valued friends and customers, your moral support and input keep us on the right path. We all feel strongly that one of our greatest blessings is our customers, a wonderful rainbow of nationalities, who we come in contact with every day. We are brought together through business and stay connected through friendship.