Monument Rocks are one of two kinds of stones.  Thought Rocks are are the other.  Monument Rocks may be of any size or shape.  If diminutive, they are very suitable for inscriptions.  If hundreds of feet high they make a profound statement all their own by just simply "being there" in their natural surroundings.  Monument Rocks exist everywhere.  The Ten Commandments, written by God Himself, were made into a monument of two rock tablets.  A little desk paperweight with a motivational statement from a hero like Vince Lombardi is a monument.  Obviously, a cemetery grave marker is a very common one.  But not all monuments require inscriptions.  The Rock of Gibraltar and the Grand Canyon are profound examples of that.  


Can a Monument Rock be a Thought Rock or vise versa?  Possibly, but to me rocks tend to divide themselves as either one or the other.  We sand carved a Monument Rock with what I thought was the insightful sentiment, "I was there."  This really epitomizes my view of rocks in general.  They are, perhaps, the closest physical thing we have to the immortal.  A rock, like the one with this inscription, was no doubt in existence and may actually have been present when the Magna Carta was signed, when America was discovered, when God spoke face to face with Moses, when Christ was born and when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door.  Certainly no other physical object is as old as a rock and none will endure as long into the future.

Stones marking grave sites for people have traditionally served as memorials, of course.  In recent times we find novel remembrances in quite a different form.  Notice the rocks shown below. The one on the left is a memorial placed on hunting land by a man whose hunting partner had died.  The stone on the right is for a dog fondly remembered and marks a particular hunting location that was the scene of good memories and ones that may be visited for years to come. 


Most people's eyes glaze over when we tell them that we sand carve stone.  They can picture sand on a beach or in a pile and they can picture carving, say a roast with a carving knife or a stick with a jack knife, but stone and carve just doesn't seem to match up.  Even sandblasting is a bit out of the ordinary for most people.  The important thing to remember is that we actually blow a fine stream of air with abrasive (like sand) onto stone (that has an abrasive resistant mask glued to it) until we wear away the exposed stone. Then we spray color fill into the areas that are blasted away.
A mask is a piece of photo sensitive plastic (purple in this case) that washes away in the areas that are exposed to light.  In this case the silhouette of the duck is the part that is washed away. Next the plastic mask is glued to the rock or other material that is to be blasted.  When we blast the abrasive at the image through a high pressure nozzle the purple plastic protects the stone (actually bounces the abrasive away) but the part where there is no mask is worn away by the abrasive.  This is a short explanation of engraving via the sand blast technique.  By the way sand is not actually used as the abrasive in sand blasting.  The material we use is silicon oxide. 

Other carved rocks, click here. 


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