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Fossil preparation is what turns a good specimen into an exceptional one.  I offer these preparation services to anyone who would like a fossil they have just found or already own to be prepared to the highest standard possible.

I have over 40 years of preparation and specimen conservation experience and have worked in museums and galleries around the world.  I have prepared everything from giant sauropod dinosaurs to microscopic single celled fossils.

With this wealth of experience I understand that each fossil is unique and will have different preparation needs.  Good preparation depends on the quality of the preparator's technical skill, their understanding of the fossil anatomy and physical nature of the matrix surrounding the fossil.  I offer my preparation service on a per hour basis.  The cost per hour will vary and depend on the difficulty of the preparation, the equipment that will be required and any consumable products that need to be used.  It is difficult to give an exact price until we speak to you and discuss your specimen with you. 

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Fossil Preparation: Services


We often get asked where do we get our equipment from - we recommend you try these companies who we use and have found to be excellent.

The best company in the UK (and possibly the world) for fossil preparation equipment and consumables.  Their air scribes are fantastic which are made here in Dorset by Mihai.  We use the full range of their tools in our workshop and they are simply excellent.  They are the distributor for Vaniman airbrasive units in the UK.  They provide a fantastic range of other products and consumables for the fossil enthusiast.  Customer service from Mihai & Kate is second to none!

A superb Germany company that stocks the full range of Hardy Winkler (HW) air scribes (which we use in our workshop) and some equipment & consumables that are hard to get in the UK.  Excellent customer service and Thomas the owner has excellent English which helps as the website is in German only.

Ken Mannion's TT pen has been the mainstay of fossil preparation for over 30 years.  Still a useful tool.

Comco are the Rolls Royce of airbrasive units.  Make sure you are sitting down when you find out the price.  Epak Electronics are the UK distributors.  Great team & customer service.

Fossil Preparation: List
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