Below is a list of Thundereggs Offered for sale by Hinkle's Rock Shop

 
Welcome to Hinkle's Rock Shop Thundereggs page. Here is a listing of several types of Oregon Thundereggs and Thundereggs from other localities in the world. Due to limited specimens on hand and the rarity of certain specimens not all Thundereggs listed will be in stock at the time of purchase. I update my website within hours of orders thus stating if specimens are sold. Usually the specimens listed with prices are still in stock are are offered for sale.
My Thunderegg stock is always rotating, However I try and maintain between 100-200 cut and polished specimens to choose from. So if you don't see a specimen that fits your special taste, please email me with what your looking for and I'll see if I can find something that may interest you.
 
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To place a order please send email with Item Number(s), Zip Code and Shipping Address to Rockhound@netcnct.net .
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H2L

Desolation Canyon

Lucky Strike Mine

Valley View

Whistler Springs

Rojo Di

Radford Mine

Ochoco Agate Bed

Independence Bed

Star Boy

White Fir Springs "Agate Bed"

White Fir Springs "Jasper Bed"

Queens Point

Eddy Bed

T&T Bed

White Rock Springs

Sandy Bed

Fallen Tree Mine

Killer Green

NJ1 Bed

Deadwood Bed

Jeremy Bed

Fred Bed

Steins Pillar

Steve's Bed

Lemon Tree

Little Apple

X Bed

 
 
 

Ochoco Mountains

Summit & Wildcat Mountain Localities


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Looking into the John Day Valley from the Summit

 
 
H2L Thundereggs
 

H2L Thundereggs are a Brand New Thunderegg we discovered the Summer of 2004. H2L Thunderegg bed is owned and operated by Hinkle's Rock Shop. The Thundereggs are located High in the Ochoco Mountains North East of Prineville, Oregon. To protect the location and keep the exclusive rights to these Eggs I will not release any more details on where this new deposit is located.

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
Desolation Canyon Thundereggs
 

Twin Pillars

Looking into the mouth of Desolation Canyon - Twin Pillars in the center.

Desolation Canyon Thundereggs contain a mixture of Thundereggs from 11 different claims a man named Taber Hall once owned. Due to the creation of the Mill Creek Wilderness area, these eggs are no longer open for collecting. Before the Taber Hall collection was purchased by Yellow Dog Rocks, the papers regarding these mines were destroyed by family members, so no one knows any details on which eggs originated from which claims.

 
 
 
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Desolation Canyon - This is a great looking egg. It has a flat bottom so this egg will sit nicely on the shelf. Has a nice banded agate core, with a large patch of moss.
Size 4.5" x 5"
Item # TAB-071
Price $sold

 
 
Lucky Strike Mine


The Lucky Strike Mine is located high in the Ochoco Mt's of Central Oregon. This is one of very few pay-to-dig places left in the State. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite place to visit!. Spending time with great people and digging fantastic specimens of Thundereggs make any vacation worth its weight in gold to this area. If you don't have the energy to dig your own material then they usually have plenty of rough piled up nearby the cabin.

 
 
 
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Here's a nice Pair of Lucky Strike Eggs. This egg has a nice display of pastel colored agate. It also has a few fine strands of Moss. Great looking egg.
 
 
Size 2.75" x 4"
Item # LSM-089
Price $sold
 
 

 
 
 

Valley View Mine


The Valley View Mine is located high in the Ochoco Mt's of Central Oregon. This is one of very few pay-to-dig places left in the State. Its also what I call the sister mine to the Lucky Strike Mine. I've only cut a few eggs from this spot and the ones I have cut seemed to be pretty nice eggs. I know the owners have plans to really open this mine up to expose some better material and I wish them the best of luck with the venture!
 
 

 

Whistler Springs


This is an area that is set aside for public collecting free of charge. This claim is held by the Crook County Chamber of Commerce. This area has several area's for collecting, however there is two well known area's.
First is the "upper bed" This is located by the new outhouse and has larger specimens which are in a very hard packed host material. These eggs have agate cores, but many seem to contain thin agate cores.

The Second bed is the "Lower Bed", also known as the Field Area. As you enter the lower area you'll see many holes in the ground. The eggs seem to be in the top couple feet of topsoil.
These are smaller specimens, but usually have nice black agate cores.

Click here to visit Prineville Chamber of Commerce

 

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This is a Pair of Whistler "upper bed" Eggs. This has a small biconoid agate core with lots of green moss. Not a great egg, but different. It also has one large fracture across the matrix.

Size 3" x 3.25"
Item # WSP-023
Price $sold


 

Rojo Di

The Rojo Di is a private claim owned by a good friend of mine. These eggs look very much like Lucky Strikes, however they tend to have a much wider variety of matrix colors and agate cores.
I'm fairly new to cutting and polishing these eggs, but they are moving up quickly on my favorites list!


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Here's an awesome pair of Rojo Di Eggs. This has a small agate core for the size of eggs, however it has a very nice eye catching agate core. The agate is a light blue/gray colored fortification agate with a hint of banded agate and has a nice red outline. Also See the Butterfly pattern? 

Size 3" x 3.25"
Item # ROJ-001
Price $sold


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This is another fantastic Rojo Di Egg. This has a perfect triconoid core with light blue fortification agate and a hint of Moss. A very nice quality specimen! 

Size 3.5" x 3.75"
Item # ROJ-002
Price $sold


 

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Here's another great looking Rojo Di. This is a larger egg, and has a triconoid core. It has a mixture of banded agate and a hint of fortification agate which has a nice purple/red tinted color. Very nice looking egg! 

Size

5" x 5.5"

Item #

ROJ-003

Price

$sold

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The picture above only shows one half, this listing is for the matched pair. This is another quality egg from the Rojo Claim. Outstanding fortification agate with lots of moss agate. One half of the egg has a fracture, but overall this is a nice pair. 

Size

2-3/4" x 2-1/4"

Item #

ROJ-004

Price

$sold


Radford Mine

Radford Mine

Main pit at Radford Mine.

 

The Radford Mine is past the Whistler Springs area a short ways on the 27 Road. At one time this claim was commercially worked with heavy equipment and
specimens are currently found within the tailings of the claim. The Radford Eggs are hard work to locate, but one can be nicely rewarded with quality agate.


Ochoco Agate Bed


Ochoco Agate Bed

Looking into the many digs at Ochoco Agate Bed

Currently owned by the Mt. Hood Rock Club from Portland, Oregon area. This is also known as the "Old Viewpoint", or "TVGC Claim".
It's changed ownership many times over the years. Permission must be granted to collect here. These eggs have a course grained matrix just like many Ochoco Eggs, the agate cores tend to be clear, to light blue, to carnelian agate centers being the top gem.

 

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The the only time I collected at the Ochoco Agate bed this year, this was a very nice egg I found in an old tailing pile. The agate is very light in color, and has a light carnelian tint. Great Specimen! 

Size 3" x 3"
Item # OAB-008
Price $sold


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This is a small Ochoco Agate Bed specimen. This as above as a light colored agate core which has a light carnelian tint. Nice specimen for someone who is tight on space. 

Size 2" x 2"
Item # OAB-009
Price $sold


 

Wildcat Mountain

Southwest from the Summit Localities

 

 

 

Star Boy

Starboy was a private claim held by two friends of mine for a short while. These eggs tend to be very much like White Fir Spring specimens. The quality tends to be better than the White Fir Beds as well.


White Fir Springs "Agate Bed"
       

White Fir Springs - The Agate bed is a private claim held my the Prineville Powwow Club.
Only club members and members of the field trips are allowed to collect here.
 The Agate Bed, at one time was claimed as the "Stringer Bed" this name tends to be commonly used for the specimens.


White Fir Springs "Jasper Bed"


White Fir Springs "Jasper Bed". This is a claim owned by the Crook County Chamber of Commerce. The area is set aside for public collecting for free Thundereggs. Eggs tend to run about baseball size, however much larger specimens are not all that uncommon.

Click here to visit Prineville Chamber of Commerce

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Here's a nice White Fir Jasper Egg. This has a nice tri colored jasper with chocolate milk brown being the dominate color. 

Size 3.5" x 4"
Item # WFS-097
Price $sold


Queens Point

Queens Point again at one time in History was mined with heavy equipment. Eggs are rare to find, and tends to be one of many "historic beds" left for the History Books. The eggs in this bed are usually smaller in sized, 3" and smaller. The cores have many varieties, however shadow agate is top gem in this claim.

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Here's a quality Queens Point specimen that the old timers were always looking for. Nice clear agate with moss in the bottom, and a upper filling of tight fortification agate with shadow agate. Very nice! 

Size 2.25" x 2.75"
Item # QPE-020
Price $sold

T&T Bed
 

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My hole at T&T

T&T Bed was a re-discovered bed a couple years ago. Eggs here are plentiful, but one must collect many specimens to cut quality collection pieces.  


White Rock Springs
 

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"Surface collecting" in White Rock (remember no digging allowed) 

White Rock Springs is one of the most historic collecting sites in the Ochoco's. Tons of Eggs were taken from this bed before the creation of the Mill Creek Wilderness area. I've personally hiked into this bed to take photo's and I am amazed how the Wilderness Boundary "curves" around this bed to make it illegal to collect here.


Sandy Bed

Sandy Bed

 


Harvey Gap / Mill Creek Valley

Dropping off the slopes of Wildcat Mountain heading west into Mill Creek Valley

 

 

 

Fallen Tree


Fallen Tree Mine

Main Pit at Fallen Tree

Fallen Tree like many egg beds has a long history. It was first discovered by "Kop" who owns the Lucky Strike Mine. It has since changed many owners and now is owned and operated by Hinkle's Rock Shop.

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From my last trip to Fallen Tree several weeks ago, this was a fair specimen I dug. It has a large agate core which has a plain dark gray colored agate. It also has several fractures. Overall it's a fair specimen from a claim where good agate eggs are uncommon. 

Size 3" x 3.5"
Item # FAT-073
Price $sold


 

Killer Green Bed
 

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Digging on the steep slope of Killer Green
 
Killer Green was found several years ago by a good friend of mine and his son. I'm grateful to be the very first person to collect this spot along with them. Since then, people have discovered our dig and work spread like wildfire about this bed. It is now owned and operated by Hinkle's Rock Shop

 

 

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Here's a very interesting Killer Green Specimen. I dug this a few weeks ago and was pleased when I cut this specimen. This has the triconoid core shape, with light gray colored agate. Below the cut surface appears to be a hollow pocket which has a purple amethyst tint. Also if you enlarge the right hand photo, you'll see the round tube sections. These tubes, and in the bottom right hand corner of the egg is tiny pyrite? crystals floating in the agate. Very unique

Size 2½" x 2½"
Item # HGE-053
Price $sold


 

Fred Bed

Fred Bed is a little area on a piece of Private Property in the Mill Creek Valley. It was collected heavily for one year, and then due to restrictions on the property collecting is no longer allowed. These are very nice eggs and specimens are becoming limited.


Steins Pillar/Mill Creek Bed


The Steins Pillar/Mill Creek bed is a private owned claim by a very nice gal from the Redmond/Sisters area. She is the 3rd generation owner of this claim, as it was her grandfather who located and claimed this bed years ago. Thundereggs from this locality are only sold cut and polished from the mine owners and are also only sold one time a year.

Steins Pillar
Steins Pillar

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This is probably one of the largest Mill Creek's I've brought home. It has a fantastic bright red core! It does have a few fractures as well, but overall a very nice egg! 

Size 6.5" x 7"
Item # STP-031
Price $sold


 

Ashwood Beds

This is a pretty large section, that takes in allot of area. Most of Jefferson County and a few places in the surrounding area


Scenic View near Ashwood, Oregon

A small photo of what much of the Ashwood area looks like.

 

 

 

Friends Ranch
 

Friends Ranch Thunderegg Bed

Friends Ranch main pit.

Friends Ranch is located just outside of Ashwood, Oregon. This is a pay-to-dig ranch that opens a couple times a year for the public. I have to admit I really enjoy this place. The Owner's Darrell and Kathy are fantastic people! Several times they have opened the ranch for me to collect privately during the year.

Size

3.5" x 3.5"

Item #

FRR-076

Price

$sold


Pony Creek - Ochs Ranch

Although I have never personally collected here, these are some Interesting Eggs. They have several collecting beds on the ranch, and again this area opens a few times a year to the public.


Cougar Traps

Cougar traps were found over Memorial day weekend by some friends and I in 2008. These are smaller eggs with a very unique look. The quality is poor to fair, but they do make a good "Locality Specimen"


Flap Jacks
 

Flap Jack Bed

Flap Jack Bed

This was another locality some friends and I found and dug over Memorial day weekend 2008. This was a roadcut locality and this locality does have a long history of being dug over the years. The Eggs are large! Largest one I have is 220pounds!


Donnybrook Bed
 

Donnybrook

Looking South from Donnybrook

Located in between Ashwood and Antelope, Oregon - This is a road cut dig near the microwave tower on Cold Camp Road. The eggs are limited and hard work is required to obtain specimens. The specimens have a light yellow colored matrix and typically have a clear agate core, with faint banding lines.


Cherry Creek Bed
 

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Very close to Cherry Creek Bed

Cherry Creek Thundereggs are a brand new deposit I personally found a couple months ago in late 2008. These eggs are very unique and specimens are very limited. This locality is on the far reaches of Jefferson County, possibly in  Wheeler County.  


Richardson's Ranch

 

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Inside one of Richardson's many beds

A very well known locality, Richardson's Ranch is a pay-to-dig locality that as been open for years. It has many beds for people to prospect and it worth the time. At this locality you are certain to bring home Thundereggs.

Click here to visit Richardson's Ranch

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Here's a classic "Blue Bed" Specimen. This has a large blue agate core with banded and fortification agate.

Very nice looking egg!

 

Size

3.25" x 4"
Item # RRR-316
Price $sold

Pony Butte

Pony Butte Thundereggs are split by two properties. Richardson's Ranch has one half of this bed, while another private party owns the other half. The specimens I have to offer are from both sides... However the non Richardson Specimens came from old collection when Mr. Lawson mined this area, hence the name "Lawson Bed"

 


 

Deschutes River/Wasco County

Most of These Thundereggs come from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation or very nearby.

 

 

Frieda Bed


Frieda Thundereggs were discovered 13 Miles South of Maupin, Oregon on the Deschutes River. This area used to be a commercial Perlite Mine in a little train stop called Dant. Specimens are no longer available for collecting, but nice specimens are still found for sale.


Other Deschutes River Eggs

This listing (when I have the eggs) will contain other Thundereggs from the Deschutes River and also the Warm Springs Reservation. The Thundereggs are called Hunt Ranch, Twin or Big Oak Springs, and Mutton Mountain. There is many eggs in the area so more names are sure to surface. Also there's another Thunderegg locality just outside of Kahneeta.