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.

Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

Many of us have had personal, perhaps desperate, moments with slate. The schoolroom blackboard was a proving ground of our formative years. When we were called to the front of the class to perform long division, diagram a sentence, or spell “Mississippi,” we gazed into the smooth, black void of the slate blackboard, hoping for a glimmer of divine intervention to illuminate a path to the solution.

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What You Should Know About Natural Thin Stone Veneer

If you are in the construction business, I’m sure you are always asking yourself how you can take what you do and make it better—whether it’s installation, developing new products and techniques, or finding more efficient ways to get the job done. We have to keep up with the times, and time seems to be moving quickly. Natural thin stone veneer is not new to the market, but it has been growing at a very rapid pace. If you are in the stone industry, you know about all the uses and applications of natural thin stone veneer. If you’re not in the industry or the construction field, then there is probably a lot you don’t know. For those of you who are not familiar with natural thin stone veneer, here is a quick introduction.

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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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Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

Many of us have had personal, perhaps desperate, moments with slate. The schoolroom blackboard was a proving ground of our formative years. When we were called to the front of the class to perform long division, diagram a sentence, or spell “Mississippi,” we gazed into the smooth, black void of the slate blackboard, hoping for a glimmer of divine intervention to illuminate a path to the solution.

read more
What You Should Know About Natural Thin Stone Veneer

What You Should Know About Natural Thin Stone Veneer

If you are in the construction business, I’m sure you are always asking yourself how you can take what you do and make it better—whether it’s installation, developing new products and techniques, or finding more efficient ways to get the job done. We have to keep up with the times, and time seems to be moving quickly. Natural thin stone veneer is not new to the market, but it has been growing at a very rapid pace. If you are in the stone industry, you know about all the uses and applications of natural thin stone veneer. If you’re not in the industry or the construction field, then there is probably a lot you don’t know. For those of you who are not familiar with natural thin stone veneer, here is a quick introduction.

read more
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