December 24, 2011
Please keep the Stone Bank in mind among your end-of-the-year, tax-deductible donations. Be part of a Main Street legacy up here near the 49th parallel.
December 21, 2011
Stone, that is. Brandon Person was at it again Wednesday — removing stone from the Stone Bank. He removed two courses (rows) of stones from the building’s south facade.
So far, the weather has been playing nice with us. It has been dry and quite mild for mid-December.
Watch this space for daily updates as the back of the bank is dismantled.
p.s. Speaking of calories — check out the assortment of bismarcks at the Family Bakery on Bottineau’s Main Street.
December 20, 2011
Brandon Person — a member of the stone mason’s crew — drew the short straw on Dec. 20 and had to separate the good stone from the lime, mortar, wood and other chaff that has piled up behind the Stone Bank.
He lugged, rolled and stacked the stones. He sorted and stacked the wood.
This guy deserves a jelly doughnut — or two.
With the refuse pile out of the way, work can continue on dismantling the back of the building.
December 19, 2011
When your Stone Bank blogger last talked with our stone mason, Joe Whetter, he said the work that he is eager to do is to put the Stone Bank back together next year. Right now, however, he is still dismantling the stone facade on the back 20 feet of the building.
This video shows the heavy lifting involved. Each facestone is loaded onto a pallet with the other stones in its “course” (row).
The Stone Bank’s walls are about 2 feet thick, and some of the stones span from the outside wall to the inside; they are HEAVY.
Work will continue the week of Dec. 19. So far, the weather is cooperating. (Except for the fake snow on your screen.)
Let’s hear it for Joe and his crew. If you have questions, post them here, and I will get you the answers, if possible.
December 18, 2011
Dear Stone Bank Folowers: How about a couple of guesses about the Stone Bank Puzzle! Simple guess will do. It took longer than a week for the Amtrak passengers at the Rugby, ND station to fix it — but how much longer?
AND NOW THERE IS A PRIZE! Three of the Stone Bank wristbands. All the rage! So post your guess in the comments section.
December 17, 2011
“I shall wear it.”
That’s what Clay S. Jenkinson said when your Stone Bank blogger offered him a “Stone Bank/Preservation Rocks” wristband.
Jenkinson was signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Bismarck, and your Stone Bank blogger dropped by to get a signed copy of his new book, “The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness.”
Those of you unfamiliar with Jenkinson’s work should check out http://www.jeffersonhour.com. Jenkinson is an expert on Thomas Jefferson and “channels” Jefferson in this wonderful, weekly public radio show.
And he said that he would love to come to Bottineau and see the Stone Bank for himself! We’ll keep you posted if that comes true.
If you want your own Stone Bank bracelet, click the “Stone Bank Stuff” button on http://www.StoneBank.org and order one or several. They are $2/each or 3 for $5. Shipping is FREE, and all proceeds benefit the Stone Bank project.
December 14, 2011
The Stone Bank has been rather obtuse as we try to find its history. Available records are vague, pictures are rare and there is no cornerstone to tell us exactly when it was built. (Sometime before 1900.)
But our general contractor Fred Kainz found a clue in the rafters as he was dismantling a section of the roof.
It involves a flap of roofing tar paper and a row of 2×4’s at almost exactly the spot where the back of the building has begun to sink.
This is also where the nice stone foundation ends and the dugout part of the basement begins. Hmmm. This must be where an extension of the building was tacked on. Or stoned on.
Here’s a video of Fred describing the change in the roof.
December 13, 2011
Your Stone Bank blogger clambered up the scaffolding and onto the roof today with general contractor Fred Kainz to get a progress report on the removal of roof beams on the back of the Stone Bank.
Great view AND a positive progress report. That’s worth a climb to the roof.
By 4 p.m. today, Fred had liberated all but two of the beams.
Fred noted that some of the beams were sagging from the weight of many layers of asphalt roofing. But this wipes the slate clean — really clean.
With the beams removed, our stone mason will be able to continue dismantling the stone facade on the back 20 feet of the building. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.
December 12, 2011
It seemed like a great idea. A puzzle!
Such symbolism. Such a challenge. Such fun.
And such a great way to raise money for the Stone Bank project.
Only five were made — and we donated one to the Amtrak station in Rugby, N.D., where there is always a puzzle in the waiting area. (The station master even keeps track of how long each puzzle takes to finish.)
Here’s how it looked after Week 1.
Comment on this blog post about how long it will take for the Amtrak waiting room puzzle to be completed. (No cheating.)
Oh, and No Prize. Just the fun of guessing.
Take into your calculation that the train has been running on time, so passengers don’t have a long stay in the waiting room. Hmmm.