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  1. Hi everyone! After the recommendations of @Manticocerasman, @gigantoraptor & @Joeri_R I joined the BVP (Belgian Association for Paleontology). Today I got my confirmation mail of the membership. I have long been wanting to go out on fossil hunts especially in my own region which consist of cretaceous limestone from the Maastrichtian. Luckily for me the next fossil excursion planned by the BVP is a trip to the Romontbos quarry in Eben-Emael which is only a 20 - 25 minute drive for me. So I did sign up for said excursion but since it's my first ever fossil hunt I want to go prepared and I was wondering if any of you have any tips on what tools and stuff to take with me to the quarry and what tools are best for excavating said limestone. I already know that a safety helmet, safety gloves and a fluorescent jacket are required and that safety glasses and steeltipped working shoes are recommended. I was also planning on taking enough water to stay hydrated, a backpack and a good strong bag to transport excavated fossils and perhaps some matrix to examine later. And I was planning on purchasing this kit from my regular fossil shop. Are there any other tools or items that I should bring? Or does anyone have some tips for an inexperienced beginner? Or is anyone is familiar with the location feel free to share. Thank you in advance and I look forward to my first hunt!
  2. Ive been slowly getting ready for my next fossil hunting trip. Takes me about 3 weeks to get ready. Going to meet my texas buddy Kris and his sons and freinds and also my 3 sons and some other buddy's and dig for fish. Took me some phone calls but found a quarry that wants all the bottom cap of the 18 inch layer removed but even may have a chance at some 18 inch. Most folks do not like the bottom cap stuff cause it takes a heck of alot of time for prep, and some serious equipment too, But the rock is hard and the preservtion of the fish bones can be quite nice to say the least! I got tired of the split fish stuff many years ago even though some of that can be quite nice. I wont be doing much digging but I will be the camp cook. Bringing all the kitchen stuff and all the food for me and 3 sons and one of there buddy's. I make a mean breakfast too! It will be a lot of cooking for 5 of us but it will give me something to do. and of course I will be watching everyone finding lots of fossil fish and when I can and when the time is right I will be causing trouble. "Get out of my spot, thats my fish". "Move over, your in my spot". "Thanks for lifting all that heavy rock, now get out of the way so I can get this fish you just exsposed". "youve got a nice stack of fish there, im going to take my half now. Thanks". "Thanks for saving my spot, now get out, and thanks for revieling a nice fish for me". These guys are gunna be hatin me by the end of the trip. Ha!!
  3. Hey everyone, what are the standard tools for fossil hunting? I'm guessing a hammer and chisel. Are there any preferred brands? How about videos for teaching newbies how to use this stuff? Best, Chris
  4. I'm thinking of investing in a quality work light to serve dual purpose identifying/prepping fossils and also in my woodworking adventures. Do ya'll use combo light/magnifying lamps? What works, what doesn't work? What spectrum works best for you? Any suggestions for best bang for the buck? Thanks
  5. Help please. Complete beginner, first time hunting for fossils in Yorkshire, England (kettleness) I have no tools, just my hands and eyes at the minute Ive found a few ammonites which I would like to free. Thus far Ive watched youtube videos and googled only; they make it look so easy with just a hammer. My first attempt I broke the end off my ammonite and now afraid to try again. Please advise for tools and extraction methods? Also, how do I care for them once they are freed? many thanks!
  6. Hi all! I am new to the forum and relatively new to fossil collecting. I would like to try my hand at preparation, but am not sure where to start. It seems like purchasing mosasaur teeth still embedded in matrix and slowly working to get them out might be a good way to practice with cheap and easily obtainable fossils, but I do not know how to go about this. In my head I imagine purchasing a few 20-30 dollar teeth with matrix, chisels, and scribers to be a great and (relatively) cheap way to begin practicing various techniques that I intend use for the rest of my life, is there anything else I need to be aware of, or perhaps other recommended forms of practicing preparation and removal of fossils from rock for beginners with a plethora of patience/time? Hopefully this makes sense!
  7. Hey, I'm just starting out and I wanted to know, what preparation tools and tactics will work best for removing limestone without damaging the specimen? (Preferably low budget) I also don't have a lot of workspace since I'm just taking a crack at this legitamate, fine-detail stuff for the first time; and after some research on air scribes, abrasives, and erasers, I realize they are much too costly and the whole air system and workbox takes up a lot of room I don't have. So is there anything you all could recommend for me?
  8. Post Oak Creak Sherman Tx Hunting Tips

    Hello all, Jim here and brand new to fossil hunting. My wife and took a trip up to Post Oak Creek today and spent a couple hours looking for fossils, specifically shark teeth. We came up empty handed and so I figured I would hit up some seasoned professionals for advice on tips for finding them. We saw a few different folks there wearing rubber boots and had sifter boxes, not sure if they were successful but at least told me we were in the right place....where Travis Street crosses over the creek. Any advice and tips you can share would be greatly appreciated, I was really excited about finding some sharks teeth and bummed when we didn’t find any. I did find what appeared to be a fossilized bone but being a complete newbie I have no idea, I left it but did take some pictures I can post if anyone is interested. thanks in advance, jim
  9. 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!
  10. I went fossil hunting in Lyme Regis for the first time in my life. I cracked open a nodule and found this ammonite "fossil". When I tried to brush the fossil area with a plastic brush is seemed to scratch away the fossil as well. The detail has disappeared. Is this just a poorly preserved fossil? If it is a proper fossil... what can I use as hand tools to release it? I don't want to invest in a dremel tool, and don't mind hard graft with hand tools if it's an option. The rock is super soft and easy to remove. I looked online and saw something about freezing and then running it under hot water as an option. Thanks in advance for any help! -Justin-
  11. Spent 12 hours yesterday helping out to downsize a widow's house as she prepares to move. Her partner passed away in December, and he was a bit of a hoarder (an organized one, I should add: everything was meticulously labeled). He was a novelty sign maker and assembled novelty clocks, in addition to being a competent woodworker and a car aficionado. It took a team of us to fill up one of those enormous rental dumpster bins to the top, a few trailers, and there is still a few more loads to go. All of this stuff was being consigned to the dump, with some better items being put to the side by a family member who runs an auction business - proceeds going to the widow to assist in her move. It would be a shame to see so many tools - a mark of this man's legacy - simply go off to the dump. A lot of this stuff is not for fossil prep at all, but one would be surprised how useful some tools and accessories can really come in handy to supplement one's designated fossil prep stuff. First up, storage solutions for smaller fossils. The double-faced case meant for storing nuts, bolts, nails, etc., has adjustable compartments. The classic nails, screws unit is also ideal for storing small fossils.
  12. Hi all, So normally, the weekend of 19-20-21 May I was gonna go with my family to Cap-Blanc-Nez (in France) with the WTKG, but unfortunately that excursion got canceled because, aside from me, only one other person applied! Luckily, as it is the place where my dad proposed to my mom (and therefore this area means a lot to them), and they would like to go back, we decided to go there next week (7-8-9 May)! We already booked a B&B in Wissant for the 3 nights. I am looking forward to it! So, as preparation for the upcoming trip, I am turning towards the most experienced fossil collectors I know: you guys on TFF! I've never hunted in Cap-Blanc-Nez before, so I am a complete amateur as to how the hunting there works. Hopefully some of you have been there already (or been to similar locations) and can give me tips. I have the following questions: What equipment/tools are needed? What are the best layers to find what fossils? What are the most effective hunting techniques? What specific beaches/areas are the most abundant fossil-wise? (Wissant is in between Cap-Blanc-Nez and the other nearby location Cap-Griz-Nez, so if you would more recommend the latter, let me know too!) What other tips do you have in general? I will, of course, make an extensive trip report here on TFF after the hunt is done Thanks in advance already! Best regards, Max
  13. Early Birthday present

    My wife has been asking me what I would like for my upcoming 51st Birthday. I told her today that I would like the book "Trilobites of New York". She actually got this book for me as a birthday gift years ago. Like an idiot I put it up for auction when I started my Sharktooth faze. I guess at the time I was so engrossed with finding sharkteeth that I felt that i didn't need this truly wonderful book anymore. What a nimrod I was! Anyways she said she would get the book. Shortly after we were in Home Depot because they are the only place I know that sells a few Estwing products. So I picked out a 4lb crackhammer and a brickhammer. She said she would get those for me as well. Score! My wife is the best!
  14. I’m sure some of you have seen the EarthViewer app, but I never have and stumbled across it this AM by accident while looking for a different app. I’ve been playing with it for a bit. I’m not sure how helpful it really is, but it definitely provided some education to me. The main feature is a globe or flat map of the earth. You can switch between the two views. On the left is a geologic scale in brief. You can turn on a feature (white bar) which allows you to scroll up and down the scale and see ocean water levels around the globe at points in the chart. One annoying problem I found was the map location didn’t stay put as you scrolled. Maybe that was intentional to demonstrate continental drift, but I think it’s more than that. It also affected the zoom in. If I zoomed in on the southern US it zoomed out as I scrolled through geologic time. You can turn on cities feature and it shows a few select cities. Dallas, Houston or Mexico City aren’t included. These are huge cities. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US. One odd thing is their location relative to each other didn’t seem to remain stagnant as you scroll through time. In other words cities moved. I.e. Taranto and NYC. You can turn on Impact feature and see significant impact crator locations and get specs on it. You can turn on a Fossils feature and it shows where important significant discoveries were made. You click on one and it pops up a window like this. This one had a video link in it with an 18 min, well done educational video. I’m still playing with it and learning. I thought it was kind of cool and fun to play with. So I thought I’d share it. I’ve been wanting something that shows me geography and ocean levels in my specific area. I’m still looking for that, but haven’t been very intentional in my search.
  15. Hi everyone. Wondering if anyone out there is selling a used air scribe. I don't have a ton of cash available at the moment, but I could always include some trades in the deal. Doesn't have to be an Aro or a CP per se, just something I can use while I squirrel away enough to get the micro jack I'm after. My current tools work great on PD material, but won't work on the harder Moroccan material I've been getting in lately. Thanks in advance! -Jay
  16. Probably a stupid question, but, what are some good tips and and rules of thumb in hunting fossils in suburban areas, such as rivers, forests, ect..
  17. Hey guys! Equipment check!

    Hey guys ! What are some of The tools and equipment you guys take when you go fossil hunting for the weekend? Favorite containers to store you're finds in the field ? Rucksacks ? Shovels ? Picks?
  18. CP-9361 Care

    I have a new CP-9361 and we all know the cost of these. I am wanting to know about care and treatment for this tool. Should it be oiled will air tool oil? How often? What other things need to be done to insure a long lasting tool? Are there any week points or things I should watch for? I have used it and it sure makes fast work at getting the matrix removed. Thanks for the recommendations the members have given.
  19. Abrassion tools

    I am a new member here and have been reading about fossil prep. I have an air scribe but am looking for other tools and techniques needed to prepare my finds. I have seen the abrasive techniques used in videos and reading here on the forum. My question is what should I be looking for in an air abrasion. What tools are needed and what kind of media is used?
  20. Comrade!

    From the album Arkona

    It is about as good as I can do to make the sign of the hammer and sickle. Because you know, comrade, in Soviet Arkona, fossil collect you!
  21. So I have this small block of Green River matrix that has fish material. When I got it, A part has been prepped, exposing most of it, but then I checked the corners, saw more covered material, and realized that it could be prepped even further. The problem is, I don't have any prepping tools because I've never prepped a fossil before But maybe is there any household tools that could efficiently prep Green River matrix? I just need to remove one tiny layer.
  22. Hammers?

    How important is it to have a geo hammer when fossil hunting? What exactly do you do with it, other than trying to crack open a concretion?
  23. Deep Springs 6/11/17

    After a long day of barbequeing, having drinks, and spending time with friends, I somehow managed to get up at 5am. I headed out to Deep Springs with a beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately today was uneventful. I wasn't finding much. It got hot pretty quick, once the sun got up. But I really enjoy the quiet, peaceful mornings. So I still had a good time. I found a turtle while I was there. It really seemed so out of place in the middle of this quarry. But Devin found some sun-bleached turtle remains while there on a previous trip. Whatever the reason, they frequent this place. I didn't have a lot of time so around 8:15 I decided to leave and head over to Briggs Road quarry to see if I could find some trilo material from the debris pile. I did find some parts and pieces, but didn't bring much home. I am getting picky. I almost forgot, the main reason I am even posting about this uneventful trip. At Deep Springs I found some tools. I had a hard time deciding if I should leave them there or not. If I left them there they could of very easily been buried in debris. They were pretty camouflaged by being covered in mud and some what rusty. And there is nothing saying that somebody else wouldnt of taken them other than the true owner. So in an effort to get them back to whoever they belong to I have them. So if there is anybody who recently left tools at Deep Springs, if you can descibe the tools I will gladly make arrangements to get them back to you. Here are a couple pics. 1&2 The Turtle, 3 the site I am working.
  24. Post a pic of your work station

    I'm just curious to see what all your pros are working with. My station is pretty much complete, I have a limited area in south tampa. I've seen a lot of the air abrasion boxes, and I'm curious, what's the point? Why not just use a full face APR, gloves, and call it a day? Anyway, SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!
  25. Help on Identification

    Found this in an area where I also found some Native American arrow heads and fire starter. Not sure if it's a fossil, rock.....but it is oddly symmetrical and natural in shape and in an area where other items were found. Hope the experts have some ideas. Thanks
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