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Found 29 results

  1. My Favorite Tool

    I have a new microscopic camera, a dremel, dental pick, and an air blaster. I am waiting on my granddaughter to set up the camera and am still learning when to use the dremel. The air blaster requires the air compressor and its huge so I usually avoid using it unless my husband is home. But the dental pick has become my favorite tool. This morning I was cleaning the dirt and rock matrix from around the rock I have with the hundreds of shells and I found more shells and some I didn’t know and a squid. I carry a dental pick in my small purse tool kit and in a little case I carry a fossil. It does seem a little obsessive, but today is my treatment day and it takes an hour and I decided to work on my fossil. Dental picks rock.
  2. Fun little globe webapp that lets you enter a location (city/town) and identify that location on a globe based on the time period you select. Very helpful to visualize why you might be finding the types of fossils you do in a given area. https://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#105
  3. Tell me what you think

    please tell me your opinion anyone with knowledge of this was shaved by an ancient knife tool cetera it is fossilized piece of bone found just a small check along with bison teeth
  4. ID Help - Florida

    Additional picture. This is a continuation if "id help"
  5. ID Help - Florida

    I found this in shell material in Florida where I have been finding shark, camel, & horse teeth. Anyone know what this is? Perhaps a tool made from bone? It has a smooth groove in the top of it that my thumb fits in when gripping it point down. Additional photo on next thread
  6. Fossil Preperation Help?

    So I had previously bought an electric diamond tip Dremel but I want to upgrade to a faster way to break off matrix because at this rate fossils are taking me 8+ hours for a mediocre job. I am now looking seriously into air scribes because their efficiency and ease on my hands and time. So I have a budget of around 400$ (total for the airscribe and compressor) I was looking into the Chicago pneumatic CP9361 which is 260$ on amazon but its from Hungary and the reviews say sometimes it doesn't work. And I saw another for 900$. So I am confused on how much this should cost. If I am going to spend nearly 260 I want it to work. I have decided that maybe I should play it safer and try out a less expensive scribe *because I still need to buy a compressor* and this is my next option (see photos) My questions are 1. Does this look like it would be slightly faster than a 20$ electric Dremel. 2. Do you think this will be a good tool for basic fossil prep work. 3. Where can I buy a compressor? (budget of 200$) 4. What should I look for in an air compressor to fit the needs of this scribe. Thank you for any feedback, hopefully someone can help out a novice like me
  7. Hi found this in southeast Mi creek bed. Wondering if it might be prehistoric in origin, likely not fossil-maybe just random shape? thanks in advance!
  8. I have recently joined am quite new to hunting for fossils. I have recently gone on a collecting trip to lake Texoma (located on the Texas/Oaklahoma border) and found some specimens. I already have the usual geological tools (chisel, bricklayers hammer Estwing brand, chisel, crack hammer,etc). I then brought them back home and I am quite troubled by how hard they are to get out! I am afraid that I will ruin my specimens (I live in Virginia, so I am no where near the collection site in case I want to go back and obtain more).
  9. 5 Gallon Bucket Tool Organizer

    Does anyone else use a 5 gallon bucket tool organizer for collecting? I do and love it! Super handy. The sheer number and variety of pockets will fit just about any tool you can think of. Plus you have the bucket to cary out your finds or to carry more tools in. They are also very cheap. You can get a really nice one for $20 USD or less. I’ve seen the “off brands” for around $10 USD at the big box stores.
  10. I’m excited about this find, not only is it a fossil, form what not totally sure, but I also believe it is a tool! You can see the marks from where it has been carefully cracked. On the flat side of the bone, you can see where it has been flattened as well. If not a tool then certainly harvested bone marrow. This was found in an area close to other Clovis finds.
  11. Old Bone or Ancient Tool fossil?

    I found this piece of limestone that seems to be too much of a coincidence for it to fit in my hand just right. It almost reminds me of the manubrium of the sternum but then I thought it could maybe be an ancient carved tool. It could also be just a rock :-). Any help would be appreciated.
  12. Stromatolite? Indian Tool?

    Is this a stromatolite? Or an indian tool?
  13. Air Abrasive Tool Help?

    Hi, I'm looking to purchase an Air Abrasive Tool, preferable online (or in a store that would sell them) I have been looking online but seem to get offers for tire maintenance and electronic cigarettes with dinosaurs on them when I look for "Air Abrasive Tool" on amazon / online So I have a few question for those who are experts to help out someone who has no idea about the tool at all. Any info would be helpful 1. Where can I get my hands on one? Can I go to a hardware store? Or can I buy one online? 2. If I buy one, I will want to use different PSI levels (if I even know what I'm talking about) so I don't damage the fossil when doing minor touch ups. How is the psi level adjusted? 3. Are there any rocks that it will not work on? Particularly the fossils I find are on mud stone and shale. 4. Can I use other abrasive powders such as baking soda which is less dangerous to breathe than aluminum oxide? (of course this would be outside with a mask on anyways) 5. What is the general price range for one that simply gets the job done (not looking for professional work, just trying to lightly expose my fossils from the matrix better)? 6. My girlfriend thinks fossils are utterly boring but would be very interested in using the air pen to touch them up (not sure why) is it possible you could hurt yourself if you accidently slipped and the tool touched you while on? 7. Will I need to buy compressed air cartridges, If so where should I buy them and what brand will fit? if not, how does it become pressurized? 8. Are there any things aside from the air tool that I will need to buy that is not included (other than a mask or fume hood) Anyone who can help point me in the right direction would be very appreciated. Thanks - John
  14. Fossil or some tool?

    Pozdrav! I'm not sure what this is: Some Fossil or maybe some hand made tool? I found it as always in my garden I wonder what can this be? I will add pics now:
  15. Beginner engraver.

    I'm planning on splitting the very hard yorkshire nodules on the beach and then tidying them up with an engraver at home. I'm looking at the DREMEL 290 for my first tool or would you recommend another? Also if you could recommend some additional tip sizes that i should buy. It would be very helpful. Thank you
  16. Possible Human Modified Bone?

    Hello again! Found this bone fragment at Flag Pond yesterday and it appears that it may have been modified. Could it possibly been a Native American tool? Notice the point, symmetrical indentations at the base/stem and the hole at the base. Thank you for your help!
  17. Hi, I have a load of amonite nodules and other bits, i really dont want to hammer them as i dont think i've got the right knack yet and i wont be going back there for a while, so want to excavate these specimens slowly and controllably. Is there a reasonably priced pneumatic drill for gradual removal of sediment? Or any other advice for tools more delicate than a hammer!
  18. Is this something sort of Native American tool? I found this at Big Brook this morning. Photos not loading...
  19. I'm in Spokane Washington and found this in the yard today. I'm pretty certain its rock but it is really odd. We did have Native Americans in this area so I thought maybe some kind of grinding tool, but honestly I really have no idea. The guy who lived in our house before us collected rocks according to the neighbors, and I have found a few odd rocks since we lived here but this one seems like it could have a story. The dark spot is water and its all the same color.
  20. fossil or tool perhaps?

    Hello! I found this on the beach a few years ago. I wasn't sure if it was a fossil, a tool, or maybe a piece of something from a ship. Thank you for any help you may be able to give.
  21. Help with a fossil ID

    Hello, I made my second fossil hunting trip, this time to the North Sulphur River. I have a couple things to run by the veteran folks: The first is what I think is a mosasuar vert. Is that correct? Also, the second is a petrified wood object. On one side are two well-worn grooves. Can anyone help out on what this could be? Some kind of caddo tool or a piece of junk? Thanks!
  22. Hi Folks, I just wanted to share an idea with the group. It's not revolutionary, but it's a very useful for me. After trying out a few different things to use as a probe (the usual golf club handle, iron rod, long machete, etc), I decided to make my own tool. I took a 6-foot section of sturdy (but thin) bamboo cane pole and attached a metal spear tip to it. Well, the tip is actually an authentic 18th century, Spanish ox-goad that I acquired in a trade with a collector in New Mexico. (Apparently these ox-goads are not particularly rare). It's basically a forged iron cone that tapers to a tip. The tip is blunted and is not very sharp. I could have used something else, but I wanted to use this ox-goad for something purposeful instead of letting it sit in my collection cabinet. If it gets lost, it's not an expensive loss. Back to the tool. After securely attaching the metal point to the pole, I used a measuring tape to measure 1-foot increments and marked them with white paint and the numbers 1 through 6, starting from the bottom and working up. This allows the pole to function as a depth gauge to measure the river height. Lastly, I epoxied a small pocket compass onto the top end of the pole. The end result is a multi-purpose tool : 1) walking stick 2) fossil probe 3) depth gauge 4) improvised weapon (hopefully this is never necessary) I use this to poke around the riverbed when I cannot see the bottom. The metal tip allows me to hear the welcome crunch of gravel or tink-tink sound of bone hidden in sand. I've used it to steady my balance a few times in swift currents. I use it to probe dark holes before I reach my hand into them. Since we frequently hunt on a stretch surrounded by private property that we have permission to use, I will often climb onto and over the bank. It has come in handy when trying to scale steep, slippery banks. Now it's one of my constant companions when we go hunting. It fits in the kayak or canoe without getting in the way too much. When we pass over areas, I will take the pole and drop it down over the side of the kayak to test the water depth in dark areas and look for gravel. And it has saved me one time from a possible snake bite. I was probing a rock pile with it and it flushed out a water moccasin. This same rock pile yielded a partial horse pelvis, dire wolf tooth, and dozens of smaller common pieces like shark teeth and gator scutes. At the moment, I don't have a photo of it, and it's in my soninlaw's garage, so I don't have it handy right now to snap a picture of it. But, it's fairly simple and your imagination can probably conjure up a good mental image of what it looks like. I'll post a photo of it in a few days after I go there next. Best regards and happy huntings, MikeG
  23. Tool to cut stone

    Hi ! I search a tool which can cut stones ... So for example a saw like this: http://onlineshop.real.de/Steintrennmaschine-RT-SC-570-L/0483921001001?adword=onlineshop/google/sales/PLA-S&adword=onlineshop/google/sales/02_Haus-und-Garten/(DE:SAD)_Heimwerken/&gclid=CKGPy6WGldACFZEW0wodHW8C8Q ? Is this a good tool ? It shouldnt be too big or too loud .... Thanks for your help !
  24. Ancient Hand Axe?

    Hi guys, I found this and felt I should share and see what you think: Ancient Hand Axe? First, I was struck by the 'cutting edge', which seems used, and has radiating shock marks from the edge, inward. There also seems to be debris in the cutting area, one piece contains 2 small, thin inset hairs, light brown in color, which I've bagged. The ergonomics are amazing. The mass of the stone fits neatly in your hand, while there appear to be wear marks where your index finger and thumb might go. Also, when held in that manner, the cutting edge is parallel to your cutting surface.
  25. Possible Tool

    Looking for identification on a possible rock tool.
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