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  1. I just picked up this small fossilized crab, I am told it is from the Oligocene period and was found in the Lincoln Formation SW Washington. My research leads me to believe it is a Pulalius Vulgaris. If anyone can confirm its identity I'd be grateful. There are also these cylindrical cross sections seen in the second picture. Are these fragments of limbs, buried under the matrix or something else?
  2. I went on a fossil trip to the state of Washington and bought a bunch of fossil concretions, agatized Aturia and clams and a couple other odd things. Whilst buying and making trade deals, part of one deal was to do my majic on this large crab in a concretion. Funny thing is, I knew this crab from several years ago. I offered the guy who found this crab money for it every year for a few years but he just didnt want to let go of it. I cant blame him, its a really big crab. He had traded it to my new freind for a really really nice and really exspensive agatized Aturia. As part of a trade I
  3. Yeah, I know, we are all sick and tired of these fossil crabs in concretions prep threads. Too bad, as my buddy Kris says. Here is a rather odd rock in the sense that the outer layer is not only really soft, but full of little tiny black particles? Not a clue what they are. Ive never seen then before. If there are any tippy tippy's going into this soft layer Im afraid they will be gone? Also, see that little piece of leg on the back right side, It is not in the right place or its trying to fly a kite. Really high in the rock compaired to the carapace. I cant tell if its leg #1 or
  4. I wasnt going to start this crab till Febuary but was sick and tired of trying to finish up some of B-Grade crabs and started this today. I had some really high hopes for this crab. I get started removing rock and finally got down to crab, and,,,,,,, DANG!!! Ran into the ventral side! DANG!!! Went into the house and made me a wiskey and coke and sat back down to think about this. Thought to myself, "ok, I might as well do a ventral side". A bit scary since ive never really done this side before and realized that Im gunna have to attack it in a steep bowl style of prep. Gunna be rea
  5. Got some very bad news today. First very sad, then confused, then mad. Mixed myself a whiskey and cola at 7:20 this morning and went out to the garage and picked out 4 crab concretions. The very first one I read wrong! Fixed it and grabbed another. Read this 2 one right and also the 3rd and 4th. Done prepping for the day even thought its quite early but nice to have so many crabs ready to go. First and second picture is the same conc. Dug a hole, found ventral, turned it over and fixed it. 3rd photo is the second concretion. Found dorsal. Last photo is all 4 concs ready to go.
  6. RJB

    Stroke Crabs #2

    Aaaaaaaalrighty then. I havent been out in the prep garage too much, but went out today and picked out 4 "iffy' concretions. One looked better than the rest, so,,, started on that one. This is what happened. Might be a good crab? Oh, this concretion is 2nd from the left. Looks to have a 'rear end', thats always a good thing! Time will tell for the rest of the crab? RB
  7. Ok, today I did a bunch of work on getting some crab concretions ready for prep. Took me most of the day, but got 7 of them glued up and ready for prep once the glues sets up. Im going to do a step by step for only one crab though. Hope it turns out to be a good one? here are some pics of my work today. The first two pics are of the same crab that I will show the prep process of. RB
  8. I started this one today. Went deep to try and find the carapace and BAM!!! Hit the dang carapace!!! I hate that but it does happen. Here are pics of different stages of prep so far. got a ways to go but after that monster big concretion from New Zealand, its nice to see progress so soon!! RB
  9. Ive been off and on working on some very sticky crabs these last few days. I don't like working on them but they are great for what I call 'gas crabs'. You can still get good crabs from sticky concretions, but they do take more concentration and more time. Only bad thing is,,, if it turns out to be a very bad crab then you've just waisted 3, 4 hours or more. I did just that the other day. Took about 4 hours to get the carapace exsposed and find the claw and legs on the left side, then found nothing on the right side but 'crab bits'. Finding crab bits is almost always a very bad thing!
  10. I was doing some organizing and clean up on my prep bench today, just to make room for me to prep. I have a real bad habit of starting a prep project and then putting it aside for later and starting another prep project. Anyways, I ran into this one today. I have no idea how long its been sittin on the shelf above my bench, but a few years at least? I went through all the pieces and cleaned them up and started the 'gluing' process. This one is going to be a 'gas crab' for sure, but I think it may turn out to be a purty nice gas crab? Lots of pieces came off the top of this thing and t
  11. I am always 2nd guessing when I prep out crabs. I had high hopes for this one, but,,,,, you can never know for sure till you get lots of the crab rock removed. This one was in two halves and glued back together. Lots of glue to get through and at first once I put in about 4 hours or so it wasn't looking too good. Also, I cant see a rear end on this thing. That's always bad in my book. I knew there was more leg on the left side, just wasn't sure where or how good they might be? Wasnt sure at all about the legs on the right side either? In this first pic all I had was 3 legs. Some leg
  12. I don't usually write more than a sentence or two and sometimes a paragraph, but this will be a long one. This is also 20 years in the making. Way back when, I met a guy over the internet and made a crab concretion trade. After that he invited me to Washington for a crab concretion fossil hunt. I couldn't wait. I dragged along my intire family. Me, wife and 3 kids. My youngest son Coleton was 8 years old. Hes 28 now. I always wanted to take my kids on fossil excursions and get them out into mother nature. We get to our camping site where we were to meet this new fossil friend of
  13. Its been almost a year sence I went on a fossil hunting trip. A bit early too. My youngest son decided he wanted to go visit an old school buddy who lives in Oregon and wanted to know where all my fossil crab locals were, so I decided to go along for part of the trip and just show him. Sad that lots of crab sites are closed now, and not only that, but found another site just recently closed too! Brand new gates everywhere! Anyways, it took us 2 full days of driving and hunting to get the first 4 sites done, then we said our good bys and he went onto Oregon and I went back up into Washing
  14. Here is a crab I got from John Spina. This poor crab has almost no leg to speak of but has some very nice 'leoperd spots' on the arms. Im going to build a bunch of legs on this one. I also used a special 1 inch cube made by Ray-Aero Grower for scale. Thanks so much Ray. I feel I need to somehow reciprocate. That was just super duper nice of you. This is going to take some time cause im now back to working on the house and im gunna be gone for a week or so going to Washinton to go get me some more crab concretions. Could be 3 or 4 weeks, maybe more? RB
  15. I didn't want to drag this on, so I finished this up first before I posted it. I traded for this concretion last summer and actually had it traded again to another fellow. Once I realized it had some major problems I decided to go ahead and prep it out and not trade it. The worst kind of trade is when one or both party's are not happy. When I first took a look at this crab I figured it was a perty good crab. Then I sliced off some rock with my water saw and took another look at it and realized it had some rather bad placement for the claws and also would take a ton of glue to get it bac
  16. RJB

    B-Grade Crab Prep

    I started this crab awhile ago. This crab concretion was in many pieces but I glued it back together only cause is looked like a decent crab. Its a B-Grade crab but its coming along quite nicely. You can see the bigger concretion in the first photo and how it looks. then in the 2nd pic you can see how it looks after about 6 more hours of prep. I still have about 2 hours to do to finish it up. I still have a bit of clean up, some more 3-d'ing and then the fossil sauce. After that it should look purty dang good even though it has problems up the ying yang! I should have it finished and a
  17. Did a bunch of snow removal today, then got into the garage and played with some B-Grade fossil crabs. My son came over and I asked him to bring me my last basket of crabs from the other garage. These are the very last pulalius crab concretions I have. I had to cry, blow my nose and wipe the tears from my eyeballs! But these will keep me busy this winter. I do have quite a few Tumido's to prep out and still have about a dozen or so weaveri's from Oregon to do, but holy cow! the crab stocks are getting low!! Yikes!!! Yeah, I know,, poor me. Im just not used to this little of crab stoc
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