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  1. It was 2 or 3 years ago right here on The Fossil Forum when guy posted a picture of this crab concretion and I got sooooooo excited that I had to message him and ask him if we could make a deal. yWell, we did make a deal, and its been sittin in my garage since then. Ive looked at it many, many, many times and was always scared to get started on it. Well,, today, I brought it out again and took a really good look at it. and yes, i was scared all over again! I could not read ventral or dorsal for the life of me just like all the other times ive looked at this thing ! Being a very big concretion I knew that I would have to 'dig' a hole and hope I hit dorsal and that would take a lot of time removing lots of rock just to find out! I made a drink and then made some phone calls and talked to some folks just to stay away from the actual beggining of getting this dang thing started. Then it was time. I did the best I could do at guessing what side was 'dorsal'? Did this about 20 times in the last 2 or 3 years and always put it back in the box. Ive always known with the Washington crabs that the flatterside is dorsal, but with these Tumido crab concs from New Zealand, the flat side can sometimes be the ventral side. I learned that the hard way, so now you see how I can be so scared. Maybe im just a chicken? Here is almost 4 hours of prep work removing rock. and I hit carapace!!! WooooooHoooooo!!! and its not calcited!!! thats a triple diple WoooooooooHooooooo!!!! Life is just gooder than pecan pie!!! oh, hard to tell by the ruler from the camera angle, but this rock is over 10 inches wide!!! yeah, a big concretion. RB
  2. Got home from the Quartzite show on monday and was sick as a dog. Made for a brutal 2 day drive home! But today, feeling a bit better and finally went out to the prep garage. Picked out two small Tumido concretions and decided to do one Ventral and the other Dorsal. I had a lot of fun doing that ventral Pulalius so I decided I needed a ventral Tumido. Anyways, the one I decided ventral on was an easy read and after a few hours hit ventral. Put that one aside and went on the prep attack on the other. Was'nt positive on what was ventral/dorsal so dug a hole. Dang!!! Ventral again! Turned it over and got to work. Hit dorsal and oh boy!!! Hit pay dirt with this one!!! No calcite and the rock came off super good!!! Just that way its suposed to be. This dorsal one looks to be a very very very good crab!!!? Im so excited I can hardly stand it! I had the witherall to call it quits and turned it over and fixed the hole. Cant freakin wait for tommorow. Oh, and im now down 40 freakin lbs. Just a fabulous day!!! Life is good.
  3. Ok, tired of working on the fossil crabs from Washington and decided to start a Tumidocarcinus gigantius from New Zealand today. Took most of my prep day. I could not read what was ventral or dorsal, so just went ahead and scribed a hole. It was just a guess and I had a 50% chance of gettiing it right, but no,,, Wrong!!! Once I hit ventral I turned it over and started again. Once I hit crab carapace on the other side I then turned it over and fixed the hole on the ventral side. A two part apoxy putty and then rolled it around some of the dust and rock from the prep and it came out purty good? If nothing else, its a heck of alot better than a big hole in the rock? Still lots more time for this crab, but I can tell from the sides that the legs may be purty dang good? We'll see. RB
  4. SplitcrabS.JPG

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    My most difficult crab prep to date!!!
  5. Arighty then. Received a big package yesterday in the mail from New Zealand. I thought for sure someone would know that I was getting fossil crabs in my other posts about 'Another Mystery Fossil'? But anyway, here they are. Ive got one huge rock, (11 inches across), that was split in half by mother nature and one small 4 inch rock that I started prepping today. I still have to figure out exactly what im gunna do with the 'split rock' and then go on the prep attack, but thats gunna take a few days. The really good thing is, this split rock crab just might be an eight legger with all tippy tips? Gunna be very interesting for me. But have one heck of a lot of rock to remove to find out!!! If it does work out, it could easily be my very best crab ever!!! This might take a couple of months or more? Oh, it may be hard to see in the photo's but there is most deffinetly a crab in the split rock. A little bit in both sides. Gunna be a job for sure!!! Im one nervous dude!!! RB
  6. Hey guys, I've been sitting on this one for a few months, it looked like an easy one so I was saving it as a reward for something... After catching up with RJB's posts I was re-motivated so I got back to the crying crab and made progress so I started on this little feller. As I'd hoped - it is not a sticky one so far, I'm sure the concrete will darken as I go deeper, but I'm having fun! Time for a break - oops that was a few hours I didnt really have spare...
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