Scott.. in my experience offering advice is most often taken as an insult, therefore I hesitate and wait for the question... basically if one does not ask, then it is presumed that the other knows already. Therefore one hints/alludes to things and waits for the question. No question / no answer. In this case, I think the information is useable by many, whether you know or not...
As Don has experienced with his muddy shoes (dusty? do you have water yet??), the/a path should to some degree, be walkable in the dark almost as though with your eyes closed.
I'll venture that you already purchased this stone and it is now yours, points and all... which is the tangent question I was asking.*
if so, then it would ease my mind to hear a question...
- though, I'll try this:
-- also purchase a stone saw blade for a circular saw, place the stone over a 1" lip, score the bottoms at the place where the stone is a 'useable shape', vibrate the stone along the score on the 'take off' part and then strike off with a sledge - from the bottom!... From the top when finer fitting work is done, and sledge carefully the edges to soften them,..
(some stone score both sides and use a feather to split)
--this can be done when you get to installation - or ahead if you see a likeness or pattern taken from "1 good stone".
Save the points, and use them for the pathway that requires smaller inset stones that creates the 'man' glyph T - wherein no three points come together, always 2 and a bypass.
Though many people wish to see some stone as 'bad' stone and others as 'good' stone...
I prefer to see stone as stone, for specific uses,
and if it is 'not useable', then I know I have not thought hard enough to figure out what the pattern is yet or, where this stone belongs that would make it 'good stone', finding the pattern in which the poorer stone becomes good stone.
This would make the idea that if one stone is used for an alternate use, and is not suitable, then someone could say it is poor/bad stone.. but in reality, the installer of stone is not taking responsibility for not thinking the installation and materials through. He blames the stone, rather himself for not finding the right place for its use.
quite often, it happens that one can see later that "I used the wrong stone for that use", and that is fine to realize if you build a lot of gardens and can improve oneself, yet if you are only building one garden it is a garden-life frustration.. and this is where flexibility in design, serendipity comes into play.
The idea of 'seeking solutions' and using other materials around the stone to 'make it the right stone' and the right pattern for that place is a concept that is worthwhile adopting. Often one gardener asks another.
-- what would make your stone the right stone? what was it supposed to be? if needed, what solutions can one apply?
and aside question asterix'd from above:
* if you have a large body of water, why are you (if you are?) forecasting a karesansui of 'historic religious aspect' in front of a natural space? (pond body)
What message to the viewer are you trying to convey?
(ie: what is the relationship between the dry garden and the wet garden? Are you saying that when you see the pond, please think of Buddha and the ?? to Buddhahood?
- religious gardens are somber for good reasons, yet your lake bespeaks 'lively Life' rather than austure eyes closed inner vision.....) iow's "I don't get 'it'". What are you saying?