Power Tools for Fossil Diggers

On the blogsite Louisville Fossils (http://louisvillefossils NULL.blogspot NULL.com/), you can see the tools an amateur “fossil detective” uses.  He says he always wondered how the museums got such beautiful specimens and then he learned that they use a variety of power tools.  Go to this site and you can see his equipment:  something called a “Dremel engraver”, which looks like an ordinary drill but actually is a miniature jack hammer.   He uses different tips for different purposes, the heavy duty ones for removing large sections of rock, down to smaller and finer points and a steel brush for fine cleaning.  He strongly recommends wearing safety glasses as well as a 3M dust mask (it’s very colorful).  Drill bits can snap off (I know, having used an ordinary drill) and fly into your eye; and the 3-M mask will prevent your inhaling dangerous dust.

In my book, Mary Mae and her class use chisels and screwdrivers to dig out their fossils.    Since they’re not using power tools, they don’t wear dust masks, but they do wear safety glasses.

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4 Responses to “Power Tools for Fossil Diggers”

  1. Fossil Detective (http://louisvillefossils NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    Thanks for mentioning my blog about fossils. Safety is the top priority when working with rocks. I am glad the character, Mary Mae practices this in her paleontological studies.

    Good luck with your book. The subject is something that should be discussed and analyzed in today’s world.

  2. SandraDutton (http://MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth NULL.com) says:

    You’re welcome. You have a great site. I was just down in Louisville in December and went down to the fossil beds in Clarksville. Where do you usually hunt for fossils? My brother-in-law goes up to Caesar Creek in Ohio.

  3. Fossil Detective (http://louisvillefossils NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    I suggest you check out the Falls of the Ohio State Park website that shows the collecting areas around the Louisville, Kentucky area: http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/collecting.html (http://www NULL.fallsoftheohio NULL.org/collecting NULL.html)

    Lake Cumberland Kentucky is another nice place to find fossils while getting out on the lake to enjoy the water.

  4. SandraDutton (http://MaryMaeandtheGospelTruth NULL.com) says:

    There’s great information on the Falls of the Ohio site. And I hadn’t thought of Lake Cumberland for fossil hunting. Beautiful country–I’ve been boating down there but next time I’ll look for fossils. Thanks!

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