Our Multi-Million Dollar Project (Progress Reports
of our 2nd Joe Love Cross and Panel Added Below)
are pretty excited about doing something that has never been done before.
With the help of Joe Love,
Premiere Agate Artist, we are aiming at becoming a landmark for
Montana Agate. The Project involves some forty - 20 inch
Montana Agate panels; lining two driveways and a
sidewalk with 1/2 inch of crushed and polished
Montana Agate; a
Montana Agate Fountain;
Montana Agate light fixtures; and several other
Montana Agate garnishes to the home of Rising Sun
Wholesale. The total Montana Agate used in this project is estimated
to be in the neighborhood of 20 tons which will include between 25,000 and
50,000 highly polished Montana Agate Cabochons.
Rising Sun Wholesale has been collecting Montana Agate for several years.
Montana Agate values have soared with its
Currently Montana Agate sells for between One and Eight dollars a pound for
Selected Choice pieces. We started these improvements in early 2007 and
anticipate completion sometime in 2008.
In order to accomplish this monumental task we have enlisted the help of an
engineer, machinists and welders, an Artist,
Joe Love, who specializes in Montana Agate, and others.
We've even had to build our own specialized equipment to complete the various
Other equipment used includes 7 Rock Saws and various smaller rock tumblers.
Overall costs have already reached into the tens of thousands and we anticipate
the final costs to be as high as SIX MILLION DOLLARS.
are a couple of items we will be adding to the our multi-million dollar project:
- The Montana Agate Mailbox (shown in photo to the left), designed and built by
Joe Love. This
Mailbox was specially commissioned to be
made from hundreds of hand-shaped Montana Agates. The
mailbox includes an opening for adding a light and a fully functional front
- An Eagle adorned with over 5,000 Montana Agate Cabochons.
The Eagle was adorned with Montana Agate by Joe Love.
We will be adding more details later, including an interview with
Joe Love. In addition, we also on posting Progress Reports as things are
completed and more information about some of the obstacles we had to overcome.
Latest Photos on Top
(Please note: The panels will be lighted between 4pm and 10pm every
Back-Lit Agate Panels (Day and Night)