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I just sort of hijacked one of Nimravis' topics to show these finds, so I figured it'd be better if I continued the story here.

I took off for my first proper hunt in a couple of months this morning in the hopes that the bit of snow we'd had hadn't decked the site in the Wutach valley that I had chosen. As luck would have it, it was still relatively pristine, so I was able to spend about 4 hours digging away in a familiar embankment in the search for some nice Callovian ammonites. This time the Gods were with me, so it looks like I've got a bit of prepping to do. The ammos appear to belong mostly to the Macrocephalites family, but there are some other species and also a couple of echinoids represented. I think I'll start with the one on the left. It's a double, although you can't see the smaller one at the top all that well.

 

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I see a bunch of potential good ones there. Congratulations Roger. Glad you were able to get out and hunt.  Love to see that batch after you perform a little magic in your prep lab. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

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Can't wait to see them prepped Roger. You do amazing things with your ammonites.

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3 minutes ago, FossilsAnonymous said:

:drool:

 

3 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

I see a bunch of potential good ones there. Congratulations Roger. Glad you were able to get out and hunt.  Love to see that batch after you perform a little magic in your prep lab. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

 

3 minutes ago, Ptychodus04 said:

Can't wait to see them prepped Roger. You do amazing things with your ammonites.

Thanks guys. Patience please. I've also got some commission work to do, so I'll have to squeeze these things in in between.

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Can't wait to see your magic!:popcorn:

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2 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Thanks guys. Patience please. I've also got some commission work to do, so I'll have to squeeze these things in in between.

Sounds familiar! :D

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Fossildude19

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

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Ok people. I hope the popcorn supply is adequate :)

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Very nice that you got out for a bit of digging this time of year, and that it paid off very well. I'll fetch the popcorn and eat it very slowly. :D 

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Very nice ammonites, can't wait to see them prepped!

-Christian

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These are very nice with good potential! I hope you will post your prep work in this thread when you get the time.:popcorn:

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1 hour ago, Kane said:

Very nice that you got out for a bit of digging this time of year, and that it paid off very well. I'll fetch the popcorn and eat it very slowly. :D 

 

1 hour ago, The Amateur Paleontologist said:

Very nice ammonites, can't wait to see them prepped!

-Christian

 

49 minutes ago, Innocentx said:

These are very nice with good potential! I hope you will post your prep work in this thread when you get the time.:popcorn:

Well, at least I've made a proper photo of the one I'll be tackling first. You can still barely see the smaller ammonite on the right, which I'm secretly hoping is a Bullatimorphites. I've decided to get right down to it tomorrow, since it seems to have some good potential. It was in 2 pieces, which I've just glued together so that it can cure overnight. The commision work can wait for a few hours, right?

 

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4 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

The commision work can wait for a few hours, right?

:)... rigth.

It will be a piece of art!

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4 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

The commision work can wait for a few hours, right?

 

 

As you know all too well, there are so many unforeseen circumstances that cause a slight delay in preparation. 

Pursuing a possible Bullatimorphites may just count. -- just remain vague with the client about the "unforeseen circumstance." :D 

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Just now, Kane said:

As you know all too well, there are so many unforeseen circumstances that cause a slight delay in preparation. 

Pursuing a possible Bullatimorphites may just count. -- just remain vague with the client about the "unforeseen circumstance." :D 

:ninja:

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Nice basket of goodies with potential. 

And knowing the results of your prepping I am eager to see the results. :)

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1 hour ago, Ludwigia said:

The commision work can wait for a few hours, right?

We want ammonites! When do we want them, now! We want Ludwigia's prepping skills, when do we want them, now!

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22 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

Wutach valley

Which part of the Wutach valley?

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5 hours ago, Thecosmilia Trichitoma said:

Which part of the Watch valley?

Please watch the spelling :P

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Wow!  An impressive basket of ammo's my friend!   Looking forward to seeing you finish these up.

 

RB

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18 hours ago, Kane said:

As you know all too well, there are so many unforeseen circumstances that cause a slight delay in preparation. 

Pursuing a possible Bullatimorphites may just count. -- just remain vague with the client about the "unforeseen circumstance." :D 

That constitutes a "family emergency" me thinks. Unfortunately the commissioned work justifies the non-commissioned work all too often. At least it does for me, and I have a new shop that's over budget to justify!

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10 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

Please watch the spelling :P

That was Spellcheck.

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So. Number one is done. Didn't turn out quite the way I had imagined, but I'm nevertheless content with the result. It turned out that what I thought could be a Bullatimorphites proved to be a Cadoceras, which isn't bad, considering the scarcity of this genus in this horizon, but the poor thing was so decomposed that it wasn't worth keeping. But, 'nuff said. Here are some pics:

 

Stage 1. After an hour or so of scribe work:

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Stage 2. After a couple of hours of abrading with scribing in between.

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Stage 3. Done with abrading. Practically finished. This is how it would have looked if the Cadoceras had been in better shape.

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So I put the Cadoceras aside...

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...and retained the Macrocephalites for the collection.

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Finally I filled in a few cracks with stonemeal and finished off with Rember beeswax.

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Macrocephalites sp. 14cm. diameter.

 

 

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