Working With Stone
Bookmatched slabs sometimes look like butterflies, or Rorschach (inkblot) tests, or many other fanciful shapes. Bar none, bookmatched slabs are one of the most dramatic and impressive ways to use natural stone.
A bit of geology can shed light on why or where we’d want to use a given stone. Geology also helps us appreciate that every slab of stone offers a little glimpse into deep time and the dramatic forces that shape the planet.
Once you’ve come to terms with soapstone’s softness, you can revel in its strengths. Soapstone is remarkably resistant to staining or damage from acids. The density of the stone makes it practically impervious.
The leftover materials from fabrication or construction are known as remnants. There are many different ways to address this issue and many advantages to identifying and using natural stone remnants in a project.
Envisioned and designed by late renowned architect Zaha Hadid, residential condominium building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood features a stunning piece of wall art carved from Grigio Brasile marble that expands 34 feet.
Quartzite picks up where sandstone leaves off. It’s a metamorphic rock – one that’s been baked into an extra-tough stone by the heat and pressure that only comes from deep burial way down in Earth’s crust.
Sandstone, by the most basic definition, is any stone that’s made mostly of sand-sized pieces that have been stuck together into a solid rock. That loose definition leaves a lot of room for variation.
Natural stone accents are effortlessly dramatic and always gorgeous. Here are 5 of our favorite ways to use natural stone veneer accents that you can draw from to add the elemental elegance of stone to your home.
Bluestone is a fine-grained sandstone from Pennsylvania and New York, characterized by its grey-blue color—but it’s not always blue.
Let’s explore some green stones and illuminate their properties, minerals, and geologic origins.
Some say new machines and techniques let them work more efficiently, avoid mistakes, and achieve greater precision. Here are some examples of how cutting edge digital tools are fitting into the age-old stone industry.
Marble is one of the world’s most revered and useful natural materials. Read about it’s formation, patterns, colors, and technical properties.
During this panel discussion featuring a variety of talented stone industry professionals, questions were specifically targeted to each professional’s forte. Topics included: stone trends, marble vs quartz and other artificial stones.
Next time you come face-to-face with a limestone slab in a showroom, pause and indulge yourself with a little mental time travel to the prehistoric, balmy ocean that created this stone.
In the natural stone industry, “granite” often means any hard stone that is not marble. This article will talk about igneous rocks that comprise most of the granite family including gabbro, gneiss, and basalt.
Gneiss is among the most common commercial stones, but you may not have heard of gneiss because it’s almost always classified as granite.
Technology has become extremely prevalent in today’s society and the natural stone industry is not immune. In fact, we are opening up a world of possibilities for your projects that save time, money, and resources.
In a world of bytes and bites, the next generation of artisans is still studying with mallets and chisels and doing its part to carry over an ancient trade to another century.
The sparkly aesthetic comes from mica minerals, which are nature’s glitter.
Find out how your stone got its stripes. Much of Earth’s history is recorded in layer upon layer of sediment.