PROGRESS REPORTS (The Project)
This area will be updated as we complete various tasks in our
Multi-Million Dollar Project.
Completed Tasks - thus far:
June 2007 - Design preparation.
July 2007 - Sorting first 3 tons of Montana Agate to be used for
Tumbling and Crushing.
July 2007 - Prepped Driveway and Sidewalk for 1/2" layer of crushed
and polished Montana Agate.
July thru Present - Completed 16 of the 20"
Montana Agate Panels. We will be using 40 of these panels, as well as
two large crosses, specially designed and built by Joe Love.
September 2007 - The Giant Tumbler
finished and working hard to grind and smooth 1,500 pounds of
Montana Agate with each batch.
October 2007 - The Rock Crusher and
Generator put into service.
January 2008 - The Security System is nearly completed, and
will have several cameras with continuous monitoring. The system will be
fully functional within the next few weeks.
January 2008 - Montana Agate Mailbox, Panels and Cross
mounted and lighted.
November 2008 - The project is really starting to take shape with the
addition a 2nd Joe Love original Cross (shown top right of this page) and
New Colorful Center Panel. We've added photos of the latest additions
January thru April 2009 - Finished crushing several tons of Montana Agate
with our custom-built Rock Crusher.
June 7th 2009 - Added large Eagle with over 6,000
Montana Agate Cabochons
embedded on it. Also added decorative areas around trees with over 2 tons
of crushed Montana Agate. (Please see the
A few of the Problems we have encountered:
Gathering Large amounts of Montana Agate.
Finding Agate that is good enough quality for Joe Love to use.
Joe is very discriminating about using good quality stones for the items he
Construction and Fine-Tuning Giant Tumbler number
One (Two more to come online).
Working out the proper amounts of grit, time and water to properly grind the
Agate. (For example adjusting the amounts of Garnets used in the grinding
Getting a Generator powerful enough to power the Rock Crusher, Tumblers, and
Rock Sorting Table.
Building trailers strong enough to move our heavy, custom built equipment.
Keeping the Crusher going.
Montana Agate is extremely hard material.