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Found 11 results

  1. I picked up this stone on the beach at Rhyl (North Wales). It looks like it might have at least one ammonite inside it. I was going to wallop it with the hammer, but then thought I might do some damage to what could be potentially a nice set of fossils. Each successive face is what was facing the ruler in the previous image, the last two being the "ends". Any suggestions, advice or ideas as to the best way forward would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Ear Protection for Fossil Hunting?

    I know that eye protection, padded gloves for hammering to reduce harmful vibrations, and many other safety measures have been oft repeated on this forum to guard against injury, but I haven't seen much about ear protection specifically in regards to fossil hunting. First, an unnecessary backstory: I recently came to the realization that I have tinnitus and, being a bit of a hypochondriac, got myself freaked out over it. But that is, of course, silly since I can remember having tinnitus for years but just not really thinking about it. After calming down and realizing that I have had it for years, that it's very minimal tinnitus, and that it's not as bad as cancer, I have been considering ways that I can avoid making it any worse. Along with wearing earmuffs while vacuuming, I have begun to look for other strategies to avoid hearing damage. Now, some of these may be stupid questions (don't let anyone tell you, "there is no such thing as a stupid question."), but here it goes. The formation in which I hunt the most is the limestone/chalk Atco formation. One of my main means of finding fossils is just whacking on chunks of chalk, hoping to luck into some ammonites, echinoids, fish, or a perfectly articulated pterosaur clasping a new species of cretaceous mammal in its talons, and I have had much success (maybe not the last part). I mostly use an Estwing 4lb sledge and Stanely chisels with hand guards to do the job, but sometimes also use a 10 pound sledge for the harder and larger chunks. This works fine, but because I am dealing with relatively hard matrix the pinging of the sledge against the chisels can get annoying, but could it over time also cause tinnitus and hearing damage? Since I have gotten ear protection aware I have begun wearing EP3 Sonic Defenders when fossil hunting which have the great feature of allowing sounds like normal conversation and ambient noise in while reducing any noises above 85dB when the caps are off and greatly reducing all noise when the caps are in. Some of their other plugs like the EP4 and EP7 do the same thing and have more protection with the caps in, so I might get one of those too. So, my questions are: 1-When is it appropriate to wear ear protection while fossil hunting? 2-Could the pinging of my hammer against the chisel and/or chalk chunks cause hearing damage and thus tinnitus over time? 3-What kind of hearing protection do you recommend? Is what I am using ok? BONUS QUESTION-Any recommendations for padded gloves to get?
  3. Beginner tools help!

    Hi everyone, I’m a beginner, and I need some help buying some tools. I have settled on Estwing since I have always been a fan of their hammers and it seems that you all are fans too. I need help on deciding if I should get a hammer with a pick or chisel end. I think I’m leaning towards the 22oz pick ended one. I noticed that Estwing makes this hammer in two lengths. Should I get the 13” or 16”? What about their pick ax? Do I need this right now? I also need help choosing some chisels. I don’t know what sizes I should get. Also, what size of sledge should I start with? Any other suggestions? Here’s a link to Estwing’s geological hammers: https://www.estwing.com/collections/geological Thanks!
  4. New hammer!

    My new hammer has arrived. Hopefully it’ll open harder nodules easier than my old one. It’s a 2lb club hammer style. I read that est wing are a good company.
  5. Sadness

    Someone broke into my jeep last Friday night and stole my small digital camera used on collecting trips, my brand new Estwing rock pick (l3ather wrapped handle -gift from a friend) & my Estwing drilling hammer, chiselsk and some phone/ audio cables. Not enough for an insurance claim and most everyone says I lost just a bunch of hammers.
  6. So I'm aiming to visit some of the Altamira Shale (Monterey Formation Shale) exposures in my city and try to find some fossils in fallen shale pieces. However, I simply cannot find a good way to split shale (I also have small rocks of Altamira Shale in my backyard, which could be seen as a sort of "practice"). The shale that I get are usually very hard and compact, as seems to not crack very easily with the materials I have. I don't have a real chisel, but I makeshift them (nail, screws, and screwdrivers). When I use them, it seems to just dig a hole in the area where I'm striking at and creates no cracks. Does anyone who has experience with Monterey Shale know the best way to split a shale like this, preferably clean in half? (It seems that the rocks I'm trying to split are the exact same rocks found in any other part of the Monterey Formation, like Jalama Beach)
  7. Graduating from hands and eyes!

    Well, fellow Fossilers, today is a very important day in my career! Today marks the day I got my first geological hammer and chisel (courtesy of dad)!
  8. Show us your weapon

    I was cleaning up my hammers, pry bars, and chisels when something occurred to me. I have had this mini sledge for 20 years and its been through hell. Since I bought this hammer I have broken 3 Estwing brick layers, 2 crowbars, and several chisels. This hammer has been laying in water, mud, misplaced, and has smashed through literally several tons of rock. I cant believe I haven't lost it or it hasn't broke in half by now. Take a look at your weapons of geology and see if there is one in your arsenal that has defied the odds. SHOW US YOUR WEAPON.
  9. Hammer recommendations...

    Been using a cheap hammer from the start, it has been good but not sure if I'm missing out on quality of some breaks or not ? Eastwing seem popular and expensive but they do look like would do a good job, any recommendations ? Thanks.
  10. Paleo Pick question

    Just got my new paleo pick in time for my next expedition. In reading through the warning label on the handle, I just have one question. Which side is the hammer side?
  11. Thin Edge of the Wedge

    As spring approaches, I'm preparing my shopping list for new tools to integrate into the fossil kit. Among one of the tools I'll be trying will be the use of a steel wedge for shale slab removal as opposed to my usual practice of using chisels, 4lb sledge, and pry bars (does anyone else get as excited as I do going tool shopping?). I have been looking at wedges, particularly an Estwing one that has two sections that flare out. All the wedges are listed for log splitting, but I remember seeing one collector at Penn Dixie use a wedge to remove slabs to some good effect. What I was thinking was to couple a nice sturdy wedge with a long-handled 12lb sledge to effectively "play croquet" with the shale slabs. I'm just wondering if anyone else has some advice and experience using steel wedges, and if there is an "ideal" type I should be looking for.
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