About myself,

My journey began in high school with my fascination with rock collecting. In particular, crystals that came from Connecticut. My goal, even then, was to find gem quality crystals, cut them, and the design and fabricate a piece of jewelry for the stone. This eventually led me to my current profession as a Goldsmith. Although I do little gem hunting now, I can say I have had some success with this goal in the past. Most of the gem cutting I do now is in the form of cabochons. I never quite got to the faceting stage. Anyhow, I was quite familiar with geology and the hunt when in 1996 I met Keith (Marty) Stefanovicz. Marty was already an arrowhead hunter for some years, and we struck up quite a few conversations on the matter. I was immediately intrigued, and continued to pursue his knowledge on the subject. One time, then, as we met, Marty pulled out of his pocket a few small quartz points and chips and said, "Oh, by the way, I found these today on my lunch break." Well, I was astounded, and determined right then and there if Marty can find and arrowhead on his lunch break, then I should be able to find one too somehow. So the hunt began, with a few pointers from Marty. Ten days later I found my first point. A beautiful flint stem point in Willington, CT. That was it, I was hooked. From that day on I became much more than an arrowhead hunter. I began to see the historic and scientific aspects of what I was pursuing. This led to memberships in local Archeological chapters and our club, The Mud and Muck Society. We call ourselves that because, when we would strike out looking, Marty would often say, "Mud and Muck!". A reference to the fact that often, after heavy rains, we would find ourselves slogging thru mud to find our prizes. So, the name stuck and here we are. So, that's my story. I hope you find the web site informational and interesting. I say that all this is done in respect to Native Americans. There story of survival is written in the stones we find. When I pass away all of my collection and its information will be donated to a museum. I will never sell it. I cant tell you the joy I have experienced when bending down to pick up an artifact, made by a man perhaps thousands of years ago, and has never been touched since that time. I hope that If you choose to do the same, you will find the same reverence and respect.

...Steven R. Gagnon

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