December 21, 2011

Loosen up and move

Posted in Dismantling the back, Pictures, Stone Work tagged , , , , at 11:39 pm by stonebankblog

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.

Stone Bank restoration underway in Bottineau, ND

Talk about a calorie burn! Brandon Person first used a crowbar to loosen the stones and then he lifted or rolled them onto the scaffold.

Two rows of stones removed from the south facade of the Stone Bank in Bottineau

From the scaffold, each course of stones will be stacked on a pallet and lowered to the ground and labled so they can be reused in the rebuilding process.

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.

Lots of temptation at the Family Bakery in Bottineau, ND

Wow. Lots of choices if you have a hankering for a bismarck in Bottineau.

December 12, 2011

Stone Bank Puzzler

Posted in Promotions/Contests tagged , , , , , at 11:38 pm by stonebankblog

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.

Puzzle of the Stone Bank-Bottineau

It only has 252 pieces, but it's a tough puzzle. The image is of one of the bank's arched windows with the words "Stone Bank" and our slogan "Preservation Rocks" along with
our Web address

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.

December 9, 2011

5 below?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:21 am by stonebankblog

No. No. No. We can do better than that.At this hour it is 7 below! But we will press on.

November 21, 2011

Scaffold Is UP

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:01 pm by stonebankblog

With the external steps removed, the scaffold went up Monday on the south side of the Stone Bank in Bottineau.

The south side of the building has been photographed and the stone marked — and soon the real action begins.

Stone mason Joe Whetter said Monday that the first thing he will do is remove the concrete cap from the top of the south wall. Then he will very carefully remove the brownstone corner stones, because they are “fragile.”

Apprentice Brendan, left, and stone mason Joe Whetter sized up the task Nov. 21 from atop the scaffold.

Whetter used a sledge hammer to test how tight the cap is on the parapet and he said it will come off easily.

As they say in these parts — it should be interesting. Watch this space for updates on the dismantling project.

November 17, 2011

Brrring it on

Posted in Dismantling the back tagged , , , at 9:26 am by stonebankblog

Front window on the Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND

It was 3 below this morning in Bottineau, N.D. At this hour it’s 0 degrees. With wintry weather upon us, it’s amazing that our stone mason says he is ready to go tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 18) on removing stones from the back of the building. (But with some of the stones weighing in at 300 pounds, I guess he will stay warm.) It’s time for this — and it’s the best way to fix what’s wrong the building’s substructure.

We have the money to do this work, but we’ll need your support to help rebuild it. Hit the “donate now” button on Or buy one of our cool T-shirts — all profits go to the Stone Bank project.

And watch the progress as the back of the building comes down. We’ll post daily updates. Joe, the stone mason said it will take him less than two weeks to get ‘er done.

October 30, 2011

Radio, TV and the Stone Bank

Posted in Promotions/Contests tagged , , , , , at 5:15 pm by stonebankblog

Tune in to Sunny 101.9 on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., when Touchstones’ VP Sharon Kessler is booked to talk about the restoration project and our benefit on Friday and Saturday. And check out the “Noon Show” on KXMC on Thursday, when Sharon (and perhaps Karen Larson, Touchstones’ president) will chat with Carla Burbidge about the project and the benefit.

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