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  • Where Fossil Coral Points Come From

    So I’m going to be doing a series that includes lithics, shell and pottery..Without going into details I have access back into our house where the rest of our collection was stored...I expect the storm to pass tonight, I’m staying here because I have a generax, generator, Harley Davidson motorcycle engIne, runs on propane..if stuff gets bad everybody comes here, I can’t get away..Lol.

    So first sketch is what this fossil coral piece looked like. Shortly after I found it I took a couple of slabs off it and traded the rest...These are the natural colors.....Pic.2, X areas would be where a knapper would run into problems, a flaw in the rock called concrete ( short for concretions )....Pic.3,The swirls would be from a vantage point of looking down on the head as it grew on the reef..This piece was broken off during some cataclysmic event an as time passed the cortex developed ( deterioration ).pic 4.

    I hope this short instructional will help someone understand a little better what part of coral the ole boys prized and where all those opaque points came from . ..not edited.,Thanks for lookin

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    Last edited by Hal Gorges; 07-06-2021, 08:13 PM.
    Floridaboy.

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    great tutorial Hal
    Wyoming

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thanks Brett.

  • #3
    So much to learn from you, Hal. Great drawings too.
    California

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thanks Tom, always appreciate your comments,

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    Hey Hal, That's beautiful agatized coral. Sometimes it cut with the grain and sometimes against the grain: you get a different look.
    Michigan Yooper
    If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

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    • Hal Gorges
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      You no doubt cut some beautiful stuff Ron, Learned so much from you... thanks for commenting.

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    Great illustrations Hal and a awesome slab of coral. That stuff is razor sharp. Here's a picture of a coral scar. I gashed my finger pretty good grabbing a shard the wrong way while digging. A battle wound I'm proud of....
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    🐜 🎤 SW Georgia

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Ouch!.That’s quite a boo boo...it probably wouldn’t have felt as bad if you would’ve found a translucent red bolen.. Hey, thanks for comments Mike, this storm’s falling apart, lights are flickering, TV’s still working..
      Last edited by Hal Gorges; 07-07-2021, 05:57 AM.

    • antmike915
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      Got a average Thonoto that day (which made up for the gaping wound). Be safe Hal; rains heading up my way as well.

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    Thanks for that info! Wish I found coral it’s beautiful. Stay safe!
    South Carolina

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thanks Josie, always look forward to your comments..

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    Great instructional Hal, thanks.
    Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thanks Greg, custom made for this forum, Lol.

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    Thanks for the wonderful information Hal! Amazingly beautiful material.
    N.C. from the mountains to the sea

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thank you for lookin

  • #9
    Thanks Hal. I have always wondered about this lithic
    South Dakota

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Thank you for the comment, SD.. Hope your next point is a clovis

    • SDhunter
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      Lol. Yea. Me too!

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    Very interesting Hal. Keep them coming
    SW Connecticut

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    • Hal Gorges
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      Lotsa laughter, you know I will if I can Red

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    Tampa Bay

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      Professor Shellman
      Tampa Bay

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      • Hal Gorges
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        Beautiful,no wonder there wasn’t anything left when I went back,Ha Ha...some nice honey colored thin hernando’s could be made from that stuff.
        Last edited by Hal Gorges; 07-07-2021, 01:06 PM.

    • #13
      I’m dancin’!💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽
      Digging in GA, ‘bout a mile from the Savannah River

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      • Hal Gorges
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        That’s so cute, Hey, thanks for everything.

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      Class is in session ! , I love it

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      • Hal Gorges
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        I hated school, back then we had windows in classrooms, always lookin out them windows, dreaming of fishing, or arrowhead hunting, or some such, some of the kids rode horses to school, some came barefoot . I guess that says it all. Lol.
        Last edited by Hal Gorges; 07-09-2021, 07:49 PM.

    • #15
      Wow where was that at Hal ? That’s a thread in itself .
      I just remember we played sports so hard in school we were just dripping wet from sweat in the summer . Now the kids don’t even have PE in some schools .

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      • Hal Gorges
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        A little coastal town, , pinellas county..I actually failed 2years, cuzz I skipped school, ( to go fishing hunting, cycle riding). it worked out great, Miss June was a good student an she caught up with me and we graduated together, ain’t that a hoot, I’m reminded daily how strange life is.
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