January 14, 2013

Pushing the Boulder

Posted in Dismantling the back, Endangered buildings, Stone Quotes, Updates, Videos tagged , , , at 1:33 pm by stonebankblog

Historic restoration isn’t an easy road. It’s rugged, and, yet, rugged roads often  lead to the highest reward. That’s how we feel about the  Stone Bank Project.

Here’s a quote from Paul Graham, an entrepreneur, on the value of an idea (or purpose).

The founders who do the best are the type of people who just refuse to fail. Most startups have at least one low point where any reasonable person would give up…. The only people who get through it are the ones who have an unreasonable aversion to failing.

That’s pretty much how we feel about the Stone Bank Project — we are going to see this through. PERIOD.  We are really pleased by a recent uptick in donations. It’s great to have some other cockeyed optimists join the effort.

Mark Briggs puts it this way:

Developing a great idea into a successful business is like pushing a boulder up a hill. The best entrepreneurs — those who successfully reach the top — get to watch the boulder roll down the other side.

Mr. Briggs is writing about business and entrepreneurship — but historic restoration projects — like the Stone Bank — are also a form of entrepreneurship.

So, we are pushing the boulder up the hill — indeed — our stone mason is actually moving boulders to bring the Stone Bank back to life.  Check out this video about moving stone!

By this time next year? We hope to be watching that boulder tumble down the other side. We hope you are there to help us give it the last shove.

Here’s a great video from the day our contractor began pulling down the Stone Bank’s back wall. It’s all up from here.

Thanks for joining us on our journey and thanks for your continued support.

June 20, 2012

Stone Quote # 2

Posted in Life, Photos tagged , , , at 7:38 pm by stonebankblog

Another quote from the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden. The garden straddles the U.S.-Canada border in central North Dakota.

Limestone! The quotes in the Peace Chapel are carved in gorgeous, veined limestone.

Let’ hear it for love, for limestone, for great quotes and, all things stone — especially the Stone Bank.

Click here to learn more about the Peace Garden on its official website. If you have never visited, it’s worth the effort — and it’s very near the lovely Stone Bank.

In case you missed it, here’s Stone Quote #1.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog!