November 22, 2011
Stone by Stone
Dismantle not demolish!
That’s what started today at the Stone Bank-Bottineau.
Stone mason Joe Whetter and his crew popped the cap off the parapet and began removing “courses” of stone. (A course is stone worker’s parlance for a horizontal row of stones.)
The stones are being numbered and stacked — so Joe can put this all back together in 2012.
The face stones weigh between 100 and 300 pounds — and they are moved by hand to the scaffold, then stacked on a pallet and lowered to the ground with a loader.
Joe’s goal today is revealing the roof, so our general contractor can get a look at it — because at some point that leaking, rotten roof will also be removed. Planning is hour by hour — because they don’t know how this cookie crumbles.
Let’s hope it doesn’t crumble. More later. Watch this space for more updates.