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    here we go again

    Spring always means new projects around here. This year we are going to replace an old wooden, 111 x 11 foot deck (which is essentially the main entrance to our house) with a stone patio. The second is going to be an honest to goodness wood shed because i am just fricking DONE with messing with tarps over my firewood 9 months out of the year.

    I tore the deck off about 4 weeks ago, and am waiting for the weather to really break so I can get a truckload of gravel up here.

    Until then We have been hunting of a decorative rock for the yard, a BIG one. We found it!

    Here it sits until the ground is firm enough for unsuitable relocation! (sitting on logs so I can get chains and strap under it)

    Glacial till....just a pebble, but it is pretty (and weighs about 3000 pounds by my calculations. We couldn't get it all the way into the bucket, so it was hanging way out in front. We had it chained in good, but every time I hit a bump at all, the rear end of the bobcat would come up off the ground. MUCH thanks to Dale, and Judy for this and thousands of tons of other rocks over the years.... Um, no, decades!!!

    you guys who have been around for a while know that I love working with rocks!!!
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    For some reason, all I'm thinking of is a Fosters Ad: "Pebble".

    Have fun with it and the bobcat.

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    Aren't you still recovering from the last endeavor??

    Have fun and by all means document the project for our enjoyment!

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    Have fun building your pyramid Moses.
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    A 111 ft deck? Is that a typo?
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    That is a BEAUTIFUL rock!!!


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    TOG seems to be getting boulder with his projects. I hope he doesn't take this one for granite.
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    What a coincidence. My spring projects also include an extension to my walkway (just finished that one), a new deck (waaaaay smaller than yours), and a woodshed (if I still feel like it after the deck is finished).

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiger_ny View Post
    A 111 ft deck? Is that a typo?
    yes.... 11 x 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    That is a BEAUTIFUL rock!!!
    Swing on by, i can get as many nice rocks as you want!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drussell View Post
    TOG seems to be getting boulder with his projects. I hope he doesn't take this one for granite.
    Actually..... Quartzite, even harder!

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    Nice ball and chain... .did you wife pick that out for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain View Post
    Nice ball and chain... .did you wife pick that out for you?
    nice catch, you know me too well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    yes.... 11 x 11
    Well then, I have you beat on that one - well, I guess not really. Mine will be red wood, not stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    yes.... 11 x 11
    Sounds like a bowling alley.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Sounds like a bowling alley.....
    no, 111 x 11 sounds like a bowling alley... Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    That is a BEAUTIFUL rock!!!


    I was thinking the same thing. VERY pretty rock indeed.

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    I've always been kind of a fan of Eric Sloane, and apparently the crafty old timers would wait for the freeze and sled the rocks around.

    But the crafty old times didn't have bobcats, either.

    Nice rock.

    Am avoiding Sisyphus jokes.

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    Time to get out the hammer and chisel!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I've always been kind of a fan of Eric Sloane, and apparently the crafty old timers would wait for the freeze and sled the rocks around.

    But the crafty old times didn't have bobcats, either.

    Nice rock.

    Am avoiding Sisyphus jokes.
    Just popped and few more out of the ground in the woods, ground is nice and soft, so easy (a relative term) BUT.... too soft for the bobcat, doing too much damage.

    Btw, sledding the rocks in winter required horses my "horse neighbor" moved a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Time to get out the hammer and chisel!k

    Actually, I just got my chisels out, I had one I wanted to split. Three smacks! I keep my chisels wrapped in oil soaked burlap in 2 plastic bags! If it weren't for plastic, i would use paraffin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    Actually, I just got my chisels out, I had one I wanted to split. Three smacks! I keep my chisels wrapped in oil soaked burlap in 2 plastic bags! If it weren't for plastic, i would use paraffin.
    For reference quartzite is incredibly hard stone

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    That is a BEAUTIFUL rock!!!


    Looks like a lot of feldspar in that igneous boulder....
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Looks like a lot of feldspar in that igneous boulder....
    I am in south central WI, essentially, terminal moraine bedrock under us is quartzite, remnants of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, we have 120 feet of sand and gravel under us (glacial till) and quartzite below. (as proven by our well.) I am fairly certain that the rock is metamorphic.
    The very first book I bought when I moved here was "Physical geography of Wi". If you have more or better information, I would love to research it. I certainly understand that his "pebble" is glacial till and would be difficult to positively identify the source, but they quarry quartzite nearby and this is virtually identical to material being blasted out of the quarry to my eye.

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    here we go again

    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post
    I am in south central WI, essentially, terminal moraine bedrock under us is quartzite, remnants of one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, we have 120 feet of sand and gravel under us (glacial till) and quartzite below. (as proven by our well.) I am fairly certain that the rock is metamorphic.
    The very first book I bought when I moved here was "Physical geography of Wi". If you have more or better information, I would love to research it. I certainly understand that his "pebble" is glacial till and would be difficult to positively identify the source, but they quarry quartzite nearby and this is virtually identical to material being blasted out of the quarry to my eye.
    Being you pulled it from the till, and judging by how rounded it is, it's not likely local, but from northern WI or NW Ontario even. The weathered outer surface appears to have feldspar (the pink-orange) and mica (biotite) and/or amphibole (probably hornblende). Of course, that's from a photo of a weathered surface taken from several metres away and viewed on an iPhone, so hardly diagnostic, but it does appear granitic (or similar) in origin. It will have some quartz in it.

    You're almost certainly correct about it being metamorphic - pretty well everything in this part of the world is except the Paleozoic limestones in the Great Lakes.

    Metamorphic rocks can be originally derived from either sedimentary or igneous rocks though.

    Quartzite will also be metamorphic, but almost exclusively quartz, so more whitish (or grey, light cream, etc). They are sedimentary in origin.


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