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Power Tools for Fossil Diggers

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

On the blogsite Louisville Fossils (http://louisvillefossils NULL.blogspot, 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.