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A New Discovery Reveals World Class Granite in Minnesota: Superior Northern

by | Jun 25, 2021

Much of the stone industry rests on centuries-old quarries with a multi-generational history of operations, but Kasota Stone emerged only seven years ago. Principal founder Jake Barkley and his team bring forth an unusual business model, a collaboration with the State of Minnesota, and a clearly-articulated determination to grow and thrive.

How to Make Natural Stone Play a Starring Role in a Kitchen Design

by | Jun 18, 2021

Jan Neiges is a certified master kitchen and bath designer with the National Kitchen & Bath Association and principal of Colorado-based Jan Neiges CKD LLC. For Neiges, the act of discovery and finding out what is drawing the client to a particular piece of natural stone is part of the fun when working on a kitchen.

Greener Pastures: Krukowski Stone Company Began as a Wisconsin Dairy Farm

by | May 20, 2021

Krukowski Stone Company quarries two distinctly different stone types: Aqua Grantique and Quartz sandstone. Although they are quarried only a mile apart, they’re separated by more than 1 billion years of geologic time.

More Than a Final Resting Place: Natural Stone Use at the Boch Garden Pavilion

by | Apr 5, 2021

The palatial estate of Eric Boch Jr. has been over a decade in the making. Boch’s home in Norwood, MA exudes elegance and refinement. The property’s most recent addition is an elaborate but tasteful natural stone chapel and mausoleum designed by Eric Inman Daum, AIA.

Stony Creek Granite: Bedrock of America

by | Jun 29, 2020

Every block of stone holds a story. Not just in its geologic past, but also in the ways that stone becomes part of human history. Behind every successful quarry is a collaboration between the forces of nature that created the stone, and human inventiveness that built it into a successful venture.

Telling White Stones Apart

by | Apr 10, 2020

White stones are popular, frequently mislabeled, and often misunderstood. Learn how to tell if your white stone is a granite, quartzite, or marble. White stones are popular, frequently mislabeled, and often misunderstood.

Know Your Minerals

by | Aug 30, 2019

Minerals are the components of all natural stones. The color of every natural stone, whether it’s jet black, glittery silver, or a kaleidoscope of Technicolor – comes from the individual minerals. Read more in this handy guide to the ingredients of your favorite natural stone.

Granite vs. Engineered Quartz for Your Kitchen Countertop

by | Jul 31, 2019

Thought should be given to countertop material’s durability, maintenance, sustainability, and cost. Let’s take a comparative look at some of these issues before making a decision.

From Earth’s Mantle to the Fireplace Mantel: Tracing the Origins of Green Stones

by | Mar 13, 2018

Let’s explore some green stones and illuminate their properties, minerals, and geologic origins.

How to Care For Your Granite Countertops

by | Feb 26, 2018

We sat down with several stone care experts to learn how best to care for granite countertops. How often should you reseal? What should you use to clean granite countertops?

A Cemetery’s Life-Affirming Stories in Stone

by | Jan 22, 2018

In Barre, Vermont, residents take the town’s unofficial designation as Granite Center of the World to heart. Learn about Hope Cemetery’s monuments and memorials.

Granite: What’s In a Name?

by | Dec 7, 2017

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.

Understanding the Cost of Granite Countertops

by | Nov 5, 2017

Cost is a major deciding factor in most purchasing decisions. There are many factors that go into the process, which makes every homeowner’s situation unique.

That’s a Gneiss Stone!

by | Nov 3, 2017

Gneiss is among the most common commercial stones, but you may not have heard of gneiss because it’s almost always classified as granite.

As Seen On: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford

by | Aug 7, 2017

Home owners work together to renovate their patio featuring an outdoor kitchen.

Saving a Piece of History with Natural Stone

by | Jun 21, 2017

How stone is reused, repurposed, or recycled for new applications and projects.

Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

by | Mar 17, 2017

When choosing a countertop surface for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. If granite has made it to the top of your list, read through the article below to determine if its advantages and disadvantages make it a good choice for your family.

Granite vs. Marble

by | Mar 17, 2017

Marble has been a popular trend in kitchen countertops for the past several years. If you compare performance characteristics in a kitchen environment, granite is the better choice.

Granite vs. Quartzite

by | Mar 17, 2017

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners.

Granite vs. Limestone & Travertine

by | Mar 17, 2017

Limestone and travertine will etch when exposed to the acids and bases present in many cleaning products and common kitchen ingredients such as vinegar, bleach, citrus, and wine.