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    Randy's comment about "look local for stones" got me thinking. How about a thread to post pictures of our favorite not so famous stones?

    This one I call the "Thousand Islands Stone". It sits on my In-law's property on Carleton Island in the Thousand Islands region of NY State. The Island in the distance is Wolfe Island, Canada. This thing goes an estimated 320-330lbs. It is deceptively heavy for its size, I think it has a high metal content. One of my faves.....
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    Here it lies on its Plinth, about 50 or more feet up a nice nasty incline.....
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    • #3
      C'mon guys, nobody else lifts stones here? Post them up!

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        Patrick,

        That stone looks really nice, am especially partial to lifting stones onto a "plinth", the Fianna stone and stones of latravik in Iceland being the most memorable.

        Thought I would share with you the story of my favourite training stone.

        After failing to lift the Inver stone back in 1997, I decided to purchase my own lump of Scottish granite from a garden centre, it didn't seem right to name it "The Wyvdale garden centre stone!!" so I gave it the heroic name of "The Valhalla stone".

        At first it was a real struggle just to get it off the ground, it is approx 105kg of smooth granite, but finally I managed to conquer and some 10years later managed to shoulder it for the first time, this being a big part of my training to finally lift the Inver stone in 2007.

        Soon after I got the stone I threw open the challenge to all of my all round weightlifting friends that not one of them was man enough to press it overhead, the prize being a CoC gripper.

        Who stepped into the fray but the venerable Laine Snook, who proceeded to clean my stone, push press it 2 1/2 times overhead, say thank you very much and then clear off with my gripper.

        That was a big lesson for me, and as all on this forum know laine later became the 4th Person to press the Inver overhead.

        There, thats my training stone ..... any more ?

        Roger
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        • #5
          Roger, that's a great story and a real nice looking stone! I'll post some more up later.

          We all know Laine should be declared "ineligible" for any of these types of challenges . Seriously though it's worth a gripper to see that type of strength!

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          • #6
            Fishing in the river Dee.

            Originally posted by Roger Davis View Post
            Patrick,

            That stone looks really nice, am especially partial to lifting stones onto a "plinth", the Fianna stone and stones of latravik in Iceland being the most memorable.

            Thought I would share with you the story of my favourite training stone.

            After failing to lift the Inver stone back in 1997, I decided to purchase my own lump of Scottish granite from a garden centre, it didn't seem right to name it "The Wyvdale garden centre stone!!" so I gave it the heroic name of "The Valhalla stone".

            At first it was a real struggle just to get it off the ground, it is approx 105kg of smooth granite, but finally I managed to conquer and some 10years later managed to shoulder it for the first time, this being a big part of my training to finally lift the Inver stone in 2007.

            Soon after I got the stone I threw open the challenge to all of my all round weightlifting friends that not one of them was man enough to press it overhead, the prize being a CoC gripper.

            Who stepped into the fray but the venerable Laine Snook, who proceeded to clean my stone, push press it 2 1/2 times overhead, say thank you very much and then clear off with my gripper.

            That was a big lesson for me, and as all on this forum know laine later became the 4th Person to press the Inver overhead.

            There, thats my training stone ..... any more ?

            Roger
            Hello All,
            In late 2008, myself, Roger and my Nephew Conrad went on a boys weekend to Scotland - lifting Stones.
            It was very cold and there was plenty of snow on the ground. On our way back home, I took a left off the road and proceeded to send Conrad into the freezing river Dee to "liberate" a Stone that I had seen in the May of that year. December, however, is not May - especially in Scotland - penguins and polar bears are common sites at this time of year, there not, but you're getting the picture.

            Conrad, having less sense than the other, more "mature" members of the liberation force lept into the river, went a very dark shade of blue, and looked like he was about to 1, collapse - 2, cry, and 3 get swept down river.
            The leaders of the mission laughed, then cried laughing, then laughed some more. Conrad attatched various ropes, straps and other items of mass destruction to the stone and we all then pulled the beast from the Dee. We then dragged it some 200 yards back to the waiting, soon to be badly damaged car.

            Roger became concerned that someone may think that we had dragged a body from the car and dropped it into the river....we quickly left the scene of the crime.

            I named the Stone "The Inver Stone clone" as it bore more than a slight resemblance to the famous Stone, although it had eaten a few more pies before settling in the Dee and weighed in at some 321lbs.

            It's great to look at!

            Any more stories of Stone rustling?
            Any more admissions of Granite grabbing?
            Any one else as dumb as us??????

            Please share your stories.

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              That is a great story!

              I scan the country side all the time looking for a stone to liberate but it's hard to find any round ones where I live. Sometimes I'll slow the car down and just be looking and my wife will holler at me to drive and say "you were checking those stones out, weren't you?"

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              • #8
                Here is a picture of a much younger Steve Weiner lifitng the 312lb Merrick stone at an undisclosed location.....

                This is a fun stone.
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                • #9
                  Whoa! Go, Steve! Pat - thanks much for posting this.

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                  • #10
                    Great stuff David, that's what I'm talking about!

                    Here's another of my favorites from the same location in Thousand Islands. This is a very smooth piece of Red granite I've dubbed the "Red Stone". My estimate goes at around 305-310. If you're wondering why I appear to be straining (and sweating a lot) it's because I dug it out of the shore, had to hoist it 4ft up to the dock, then up 12 steps, then the second set of two steps. I was a tad winded. This was one of the few pics my wife took at my request, can you imagine that she was not riveted to the scene and ready to document the whole process?
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                    • #11
                      Stone pictures

                      Hey Pat, when I get a little more tech saavy I have a ton of stone pictures. There are many stones in Iceland that I have lifted that are not published and here in New Hampshire we have rushing rivers full of stones and stones left all over the place from the last Ice Age. Or better yet, give me a little coaching how to post them on this website and I will get some pics on here.

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                      • #12
                        Bill, that's great, I look forward to seeing what you've got! Maybe I'll try to cobble some directions together on posting pictures.

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                          This is the Jefferson Stone. This thing will be a challenge for anyone, it is most likely in the mid 400's. I dug this out of its resting place yesterday where it had laid untouched for the last few years. I lifted this to knee height back around '98 when I was significantly heavier (190-195). This is a grippy stone, so no worries there. It will see air time in 2010. Lapping this thing would be a ridiculous feat. This thing is most certainly Jeck-worthy.

                          The third picture shows what it did to my heavy duty hand truck yesterday. It is no joke.
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                          • #14
                            Laine,

                            It can only be mad stonelifters who speak with fondness about dragging a stone out of a frozen river.

                            The route back to the car was uphill as I recall!

                            Managed to find the attached picture to prove the story, how many family pictures do you see where it appears that a stone is about to be tied up !!!

                            Roger
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Patrick Povilaitis View Post
                              This is the Jefferson Stone. This thing will be a challenge for anyone, it is most likely in the mid 400's. I dug this out of its resting place yesterday where it had laid untouched for the last few years. I lifted this to knee height back around '98 when I was significantly heavier (190-195). This is a grippy stone, so no worries there. It will see air time in 2010. Lapping this thing would be a ridiculous feat. This thing is most certainly Jeck-worthy.

                              The third picture shows what it did to my heavy duty hand truck yesterday. It is no joke.
                              Where is it located?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Jonathan Barlow View Post
                                Where is it located?
                                At my home in Jefferson, NJ.

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                                • #17
                                  Pat - I know this is off topic, but over on the thread about nail bending, a couple of us thought maybe you could give some advice on bending horseshoes, please. Thanks much!

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                                    Baby stone for most of you guys but got this from an old quarry. Working on pressing it.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Randall Strossen View Post
                                      Pat - I know this is off topic, but over on the thread about nail bending, a couple of us thought maybe you could give some advice on bending horseshoes, please. Thanks much!
                                      Randy, will do just give me a little time to catch up. I'm recovering from a pretty nasty case of food poisoning. So much for Holiday BBQ fun!

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                                      • #20
                                        Pat - So, a guy who sticks his hand in mountain lion traps for fun can't handle a few puny bacteria? This is what habanero sauce was invented for. Seriously, hope you didn't get too sick & are on the mend now.

                                        Thanks much!

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