Thank you, Ted. This is very helpful. The boulder will not be moved.
Much of its finished value will be because of its scenic location
(next to the Canada Trail etc.). “Location, location, location” as
they say in marketing. It is of course irregular in shape but the
biggest face (longest circumference) measures 18x19x13x6 (in feet).
So that is 56 linear feet for the wire to get around. I suppose a
diamond chain saw could cut a groove across the middle if necessary
but that might spoil the appearance. After the cutting, we need to
then find an engraving machine which will allow us to “write” on the
facet. It is 12 feet high so the top is an excellent viewing point.
The rock hardness is about 6.
As for final value, that depends on a number of factors other than
location. Artistic merit is the big one. Faberge eggs are complex
jewelry pieces and may sell for millions because of the complex and
high value artistry. How much value can we add by artistically
integrating other materials, eg metals?
I note what you say about tombstone makers. I tried the funeraries
and was surprised to be told that nobody in BC custom makes tomb
stones any more. I do not know where they get them but if anyone
knows a State close to BC where they do this, it might be worth a
drive south of the 49th.
You are right that it is > 100 tons. Some is also hidden below
ground level and I estimate 150 tons. If we cut it down 50% that
leaves a lot of chips. Then there is a secondary issue as to how to
carve the chips. If the 100 ton stone becomes a famous tourist
attraction and valuable, 50 tons of chips increase in value. How do
we carve them, eg to make small replicas of the original?
Earlier on Orchid we discussed robotic arms and You Tubes showing us
the carving of Beethoven’s bust etc. As I recall we were told that
robotic carvers are like those robotic surgeons who surpass the
"human equivalency" test (Moravec expression).
They are more accurate than humans. Do I ask for too much then to
look for a 3D scanner which will scan objects with great accuracy and
feed those designs into a carving machine? How is Giacomo scanning
The Pieta? Will the copy be made larger or smaller? How would the
Chinese make copies of Quianlong’s famous jade bowl today?
Suppose for example, we use wood or clay to make a number of
palm-sized models of the finished boulder in an artistry competition.
The winning model gets turned into the final stone in the field.
Replicas of the palm-sized models get scanned. The scans may be
increased or decreased in size depending on what the buyer wants. I
would call that “CAD”. The CAD code then gets fed into a carving
machine which may be desk top sized or much larger depending on the
I have cc’d a few experts who may be able to comment on the public
aspects of this project though most of it is “top secret” (haha).
After all, if DeBeers had revealed “Diamonds are Forever” and
"Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend" in advance, they would have lost
their marketing plan.