Obviously, for the continuity of this story, he managed to find a great product that would revolutionize the lithographic field. Craig and Pam made crayons from their apartment by day and raised kids by night. Well, that's a little overly dramatic, but the kids' rooms became shipping and manufacturing spaces, and warehousing.
As they say, from these modest beginnings, they moved the whole operation to Olympia, WA where the climate was good, the schools great, and relatives abound. For most of that time, Graphic Chemical & Ink was one of their best customers. Graphic and other customers helped to spread the Stones name around the world.
Just a few years ago, Craig decided that with the average day being approximately 24 hours long, he couldn't keep up with the various irons in the fire. In addition to running Stones Crayons, Craig was an artist, a contract printer, a college professor, and oh yeah, a bishop in the Mormon church.
About 4 years ago, I received an e-mail from Craig's lawyer, also his brother-in-law David Acheson. David advised me that Craig was interested in selling Stone's Crayons. I was concerned because as is so often the case in the printmaking supply field, money was short. We had just purchased one of our buildings from my brother. Several days after the first e-mail, David was back with an amount which was reasonable and with a little financial reorganization, workable.
We cut the deal - we bought, Craig sold, and David is running for city council in Provo, UT. It seems to have worked out for everyone concerned.