Just as visitation begins to slow down slightly as summer nears its end, the activity in the quarries is picking up. More perennial quarriers are beginning to arrive and work in their pits in addition to the many local quarriers who are here more frequently.
Quarriers like Lee Taylor are some of the local, frequent quarriers. Lee is a wellspring of information about quarrying today and yesterday. He is quick to describe "the old way," or a traditional method that has fallen by the wayside. For quarrying the rock, by heating it with fire and throwing cold water on it. For making pipe stems, hollowing it out by using motivated carpenter ants.
This week, I became able to administrate the Pipestone website. It was just fine to begin with, but I have begun adding some of the highlight buttons and cleaned up a little information here and there. The big addition, though, was adding a Photo Gallery. View the Pipestone Photo Gallery. Regular blog readers will recognize a few of the photos.