Friday, September 5, 2008

Making An Atlas Stone

It's been a few years since I made an Atlas Stone, but it wasn't a difficult process. I remember finding directions on the internet from Dennis Ruygrok in 2000 and have made at least 3 or 4 since then. Stone lifting is a lot of fun and an amazing workout.

You can find good step-by-step directions at bodyresults.com



The basic materials needed are: a ball, plaster of paris, cement, and a shovel...



The mold is made by covering the ball with plaster of paris. After it has dried completely, a hole is cut in the top and the ball is removed.



After filling the mold w. cement, some reinforcing w. more plaster of paris might be a good idea. Give it a week of "curing", then the mold can be chiseled off and the fun begins.

4 comments:

power athlete said...

Great post and superb explanation.
I've been going to make on of these babies for a while.

Cheers
Rob

Alex said...

How much does the stone pictured weigh?

Boris said...

Thanks guys.

As far as the weight on that particular stone, I'm not sure. It was a present for my sister-in-law's garden and I only had one afternoon to play with it after cracking it open. I'm guessing around 200lbs.

Playing with Iron said...

A sphere of concrete is is about 150 pounds per cubic foot, or
79 * diameter^3 pounds