Both Jinn and Jong laughed at the puny mining equipment that most people use.
You can use a Mining Pick to gather the items you need to make the Sturdy
Shovel they recommend for "real mining". By now, everyone knows of the treasures
that can be found in the Lost Mines. Diamonds, ambers, gold, quartz, amethyst,
mica and topaz galore. Of course there is plenty of iron nuggets, clay and mud to
go around. Most people took the time to rob a few squirrels of golden, silver and
bronze acorns. You never know what you can use items for in these times.