Ken and Lynda Dinneen are Lapidary Artists and Rock Hounds

J.B.Banks & Son Limited - Traditional Hardware Shop and FREE Heritage Museum of Working Life

Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH The


ironmonger J.B.Banks & Son Limited


Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

J.B. Banks is not your typical hardware shop!

It’s that time of year, time to ‘ratch’ out the gardening shoes and clothes from the back of the wardrobe. The grass has already needed a cut or two!

Several slug trails have appeared on the path and dead leaves are on the flower beds. This might not be your garden – it’s not mine, I haven’t got any grass to mow, just patio, tubs and pebble driveway. Instead, we’re smoothing out a tonne of stones, laying down slug pellets and pruning one or two dead bits.

It’s time to check on the garden tools and this is where Ken at J. B. Banks can help. Broken fork handle? Blunt scissors? Axe needs sharpening – it’s all in a days’ work for Ken. He can sharpen and fix most hand tools, from chisels and secateurs, to lawn edgers and shears. Bring them in and leave them to an expert. If you feel confident enough to fix and sharpen we also sell lots of different shafts, wedges and sharpening stones.

Everyone loves a bargain and to help the environment at the same time. At J. B. Banks, you can find an ever- changing selection of second-hand, pre-loved, checked and sharpened garden tools. British steel, wooden handles with names like Bulldog, Spear & Jackson, Gilpin and Morris to name but a few. Quality tools the manufacturer loved enough to put their name on, with perfect balance. They just feel right. If you just want advice on looking after your tools, or have found something in the shed and need to know more about it, we can offer advice and are happy to share our knowledge.

Isle of Skye

Just when we here at the Post are focusing on the fabulous fossils of the UK this very year.

Perfect timing, I’d say. Once again, the UK

Ken is a Lapidary, Lynda has taught Jewellery Design, Silversmithing and Lapidary Art, as well leading many mining and Rock Hounding tours in and around the western United States.

Ken and Lynda work from their studio on the east flank of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon.


Back in April of this year, the UK again made world history, when it announced the finding of an impossibly-difficult-to- find set of trace fossils on the Northeast coast of Scotland, on what is now the Isle of Skye. Mid- Jurassic period - 170 million years ago - dinosaur foot (do we call them feet or hoofs or claws...hummm) prints. Wow!

Measuring footprint

meters in length and weighed about 10 tonnes. Paleontologists from around the world are lining up to study in-situ this amazing find which, all this time, has been hiding in plain sight. Well, plain sight may be a bit theatrical, as the tide needs to be out in order to see these huge size prints. In fact, the scientists used

drones to map the area and found over 50 prints... talk about old meets new! How fun is that!

While the area of Brothers Point is rocky and very rugged today, it was then sub tropical and there are at least two types of dinosaur prints documented at this site.

Dr. Steve Brusatte of Edinburgh University was reported as saying about this discovery: “It’s important because it’s a large site for dinosaur tracks, those are pretty hard to find.”The tracks themselves were discovered by Dr. Brusatte’s graduate

Impressive footprint !

made international news regarding the amount of fossil evidence found in England, Scotland, and Wales.

These particular prints are the size of car tyres and belong to one of the largest dinosaurs, Sauropods, ever found in the UK. The oldest one, a Dracoraptor, was found in Wales. Now, very, very few of this sort of trace fossil have been found anywhere in the world for that matter! These behemoths grew to more than 15


student Davide Foffa in 2016, while on a trip to the island. The find was kept quiet until it could be assessed. This is an area that will be studied for quite a while to come. The complete report of the find can be found in the Scottish Journal of Geology.

For Rock Hounds, the mantra is: Keep looking down! Until next time...

Happy Hounding

Lynda Dinneen

ISSUE 426 | 23 JUNE 2018 | 20

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