Have you ever wondered what goes on in a stone quarry? Or how it is possible that the material used for your stone countertop is the same used to create a national monument? The articles featured in Working with Stone provide a glimpse into the natural stone industry, illustrating how stone is extracted, fabricated, and brought to market. You’ll also learn what the industry is doing to ensure sustainability in the quarry and beyond.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a stone quarry? Or how it is possible that the material used for your stone countertop is the same used to create a national monument? The articles featured in Working with Stone provide a glimpse into the natural stone industry, illustrating how stone is extracted, fabricated, and brought to market. You’ll also learn what the industry is doing to ensure sustainability in the quarry and beyond.

Getting to Know Your White Stones

White kitchens and bathrooms are perpetually popular. White countertops brighten your workspace, add cheer to a room, and cooperate with any color palette or design style. No wonder white stones are constantly in demand.

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Reviving a Minnesota Monument: Using Natural Stone in the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project

To preserve the architectural integrity of this historic building, the 158,225 occupied square foot Minnesota State Capitol building is undergoing a $309.674 million, three-plus-year extensive renovation, repair, and restoration. The project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will also update mechanical structures and add visitor space. When finished, this will be among the largest and most complex restoration projects to take place in the United States.

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The Definitive Guide to Quartzite

Quartzite may be the most confusing natural stone out there. A quick internet search will reveal an unsettling disparity of information. Some people say it etches. Some say it doesn’t. Sometimes you hear it’s a hybrid between marble and granite. Yet, others report that it’s harder than granite. Which is it? Why are there such conflicting reports about quartzite? Let’s use my favorite tool – geology – to suss out the answer to this mystery.

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A Wild Ride through the Rock Cycle

The forces that create natural stone are all around us. Some are right in our backyards and others operate miles deep inside the Earth. Geologists use the concept of the rock cycle to illustrate how rocks are born, and then are transformed by their journeys through the Earth, only to be recycled into new rocks all over again. Along the way, we get some amazing specimens of stone to enjoy, each one revealing telltale signs of its geologic past.

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Cash Crop: Fresh Stones, Ripe for the Picking

For one man, rocks have become a cash crop. Gerald Croteau grew up around the stone walls that are so popular on farms throughout the Northeast. While farmers harvest produce or let their animals graze on the fields, Croteau and his team are busy searching for field stones, ripe for the picking, to make into food slabs, bowls, and coasters.

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Getting to Know Your White Stones

Getting to Know Your White Stones

White kitchens and bathrooms are perpetually popular. White countertops brighten your workspace, add cheer to a room, and cooperate with any color palette or design style. No wonder white stones are constantly in demand.

read more
Reviving a Minnesota Monument:  Using Natural Stone in the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project

Reviving a Minnesota Monument: Using Natural Stone in the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project

To preserve the architectural integrity of this historic building, the 158,225 occupied square foot Minnesota State Capitol building is undergoing a $309.674 million, three-plus-year extensive renovation, repair, and restoration. The project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will also update mechanical structures and add visitor space. When finished, this will be among the largest and most complex restoration projects to take place in the United States.

read more
The Definitive Guide to Quartzite

The Definitive Guide to Quartzite

Quartzite may be the most confusing natural stone out there. A quick internet search will reveal an unsettling disparity of information. Some people say it etches. Some say it doesn’t. Sometimes you hear it’s a hybrid between marble and granite. Yet, others report that it’s harder than granite. Which is it? Why are there such conflicting reports about quartzite? Let’s use my favorite tool – geology – to suss out the answer to this mystery.

read more
A Wild Ride through the Rock Cycle

A Wild Ride through the Rock Cycle

The forces that create natural stone are all around us. Some are right in our backyards and others operate miles deep inside the Earth. Geologists use the concept of the rock cycle to illustrate how rocks are born, and then are transformed by their journeys through the Earth, only to be recycled into new rocks all over again. Along the way, we get some amazing specimens of stone to enjoy, each one revealing telltale signs of its geologic past.

read more
Cash Crop: Fresh Stones, Ripe for the Picking

Cash Crop: Fresh Stones, Ripe for the Picking

For one man, rocks have become a cash crop. Gerald Croteau grew up around the stone walls that are so popular on farms throughout the Northeast. While farmers harvest produce or let their animals graze on the fields, Croteau and his team are busy searching for field stones, ripe for the picking, to make into food slabs, bowls, and coasters.

read more