IT never ceases to amaze what skilled craftsmen can do with a wedge, chisel and good stone. Our feature story profiles an amazing WPA-era project not an hour away from the Slippery Rock–the Cumberland Homestead Settlement. The houses, bridges and structures still in use today are a testament to the pride, hard work and determination of men and women seeking a life and living during hard times. half-way around the globe, Torin Dixon visits and reports on the Xiamen Stone Fair, the Stone Detective concludes his investigation in Las Vegas, and our stalwart reporters bring you the latest industry news, good advice and our monthly measure of opinion. As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions–let us know what you think of our content.

April 2012 Issue Articles:

A Community Built of Crab Orchard Stone, by Joel Davis 

From the Publisher’s Pen: Slippery Rock Readers Have Higher Standards

Quote of the Month

The Two-Bit Terrorist

Outlet Litter Box...  

Letters to the Publisher  

Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Ida Mae Nowes  

Waterjet Manufacturer Jet Edge Cuts Logo for National Geographic Channel’s “Diggers”

The Power Wedge Slab Separator Saves Lives, Saves Fingers

Tile Redi® Appoints Steven Desher as Regional Sales Manager

Ronald Allen Busse Receives 2011 MIA Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement

How to Create a Marketing Plan, by Sean McCool

Arley’s “Eye Candy” Offers Great Visuals and Great Profit Potential  

Lakeside Solid Surface Inc. Joins Elite Artisan Group  

Spring Quote of the Month  

FloForm Countertops Ltd. First in Its Industry to Achieve Coveted 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada Award

Jet Edge International Sales Manager David Anderson Appointed to Minnesota District Export Council

A Leap of “Fate”

Stuck on an Idiotic Idea

The Big Why, by Richard Pierce Thomas Launches New Design Tool: Online Project Visualizer

MultiCam® Robot Slider Facilitates Welding Applications

Eddie Mendoza Awarded with 2011 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award

The Lost Trade of Stone Cutting, by Joseph Conrad

Polititian in a Hairy Situation

Three-Fourths of Homeowners Planning a Kitchen Remodel Want Granite

The 12th Xiamen International Stone Fair Just Keeps Getting Bigger, by Torin Dixon

Another Bunny with a Purpose, by Rufus Leakin

International Stoneworks Celebrates 30 Years in Business  

Getting a Treasured Necklace Back, by Carmen Ghia 

Waterjet Manufacturer Jet Edge Appoints North Central Regional Sales Manager

Artisan Group Member, Jon Lancto, aka Big Fish Jon, Elected to MIA Board of Directors

The Stone Detective, by Frederick M. Hueston  

The Slippery Rock Classifieds  

Laticrete President Ed Metcalf Inducted Into the CTDA’s Hall of Fame

Why Dogs Rule  

The Varmint County Chronicles, by “Boomer” Winfrey  

When Reading is Not Fundamental  

The Polished Perspective, by Tom McNall  

This is a (Refrigerator) Raid!  

The Beauty of the Beast, by Peter J. Marcucci  

Mediterranea Releases Complete Product Catalog to General Public  

Laticrete Supercap Receives “Expert’s Choice Award” at World of Concrete 

Sax Stonecarving Workshop Celebrates 12 Years of Stonecarving Instruction

A Little Dose of Kid Wisdom, by Anne Tenna  

Marble Institute of America 2011 Pinnacle Award Winners


Download the entire April issue by clicking below
(PDF format, 5.1 MB):

Download the April 2012 issue of SlipperyRock Gazette in PDF format