Geologic Desires is owned and operated by Michael Walter. The company was one of the first on the internet and before that was doing business by "snail mail". The business will become a full-time activity beginning in June 2017. My education began with a Bachelors degree in geology from the State University of New York in rural northern New York State. A Masters degree and 32 credits of Doctoral work have helped to prepare for this career, but nothing substitutes for the close to fifty years that I have been collecting and finding minerals in the field.
When I am not at home it likely has something to do with minerals. Field collecting occupies the majority of the summer while weekends are often spent at shows or on buying trips. I work very hard at obtaining the best minerals available at affordable prices. I believe damage should be nonexistent or minimal while the aesthetics of the specimen should be the highest available. Keeping these ideals in mind has produced a strong base of dedicated customers whom I value. Without their loyalty I would not have the desire to do anything more than be a happy collector of mineral specimens. It gives me great personal satisfaction to help other build collections that make them proud. Don't be afraid to share your "wants list" and budget constraints with me. Like many dealers I am buying old collections and hitting the major shows at locations such as West Springfield, Mass. and Tucson, AZ. I will even travel internationally to find quality minerals. In my travels I can keep an eye out for material that could help you with those hard to fill gaps in your collection.
Besides viewing specimens here, interested collectors may visit me at various shows or by appointment at our gallery in northern New York State. Geologic Desires is based in rural Saint Lawrence County not far from the Canadian border. Our mineral gallery is near the town of Nicholville on Route 11B, but due to our isolated location most of our business is done over the internet. Feel free to contact me at Geologic Desires if you plan on being in the area and wish to visit.
I am available to speak at shows and occasionally at club meetings. You will also find me volunteering my speaking services and guiding field trips for clubs and larger organizations such as the New York State Geological Association, Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies, and Rochester Mineralogical Symposium.
Some of the displays in our Nicholville gallery.
Zircon (our newest pup) works with me on posting new specimens.
He prefers dioptase to his namesake.
Chili the wonder dog!
He is not much help when it comes to cataloging inventory, however.
Part of our gallery and photo studio.
If you read Dr. Steve Chamberlain's article in the March/ April, 2008 (vol. 83, no.2) issue of Rocks and Minerals Magazine you would have seen two photographs of a historic mineral case, on page 131, which was very badly damaged. I could not accept seeing this antique going to waste so I purchased it and rebuilt/refinished the piece to its original grandeur (Steve says it is better than it was when he owned it). Its provenance is as follows:
The initial owner was the geologist Dr. Leonard G. Berry of Queens University, Ottawa, Canada. Dr. George Robinson, then at the Royal Ontario Museum and curator at the Seaman's Museum (retired 2013) was the subsequent owner. And finally, before it came to house some of my collection, it was owned by Dr. Steve Chamberlain. Here is a photo of the cabinet with a new back, top and all new drawer bottoms. Saving the original patina was a task, but one well worth the effort! Oh yes, that's Zircon, full grown and doing what he does best.
Jay Walter moving big blocks at Treasure Mt., 2003.
The other time consuming activity I am involved in is rowing. I row sweep in the 1 seat for a Men's Masters 4+ (E Level) boat with the Grateful Oars Rowing Club, out of Norwood, New York. I also row a single (scull). We are a small club, but, we take our rowing seriously. We compete in a limited number of regattas as time allows. Training is a year-around activity. Row, row, row your boat!