Natural Stone Materials

Natural Stone is quarried from the earth and is machine gauged for thickness. This allows me to create flat, smooth functional art pieces that will enhance the look of any home or office. These natural stones are suitable for indoor and outdoor settings.

Slate is a fine-grained stone derived from shale which itself is created through heat and pressure from beds of clay. Slate exists in layers which, when split, reveal a natural cleft surface. Characteristics of this stone are moisture resistance, natural cleft surface, and a wide variation in color.
Slate-producing regions of the world include Cornwall and Wales in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, China, India, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New York. Slate is also found in the Arctic and was used by the Inuit to make the blades for knives.

Marble is a metamorphic stone that is created from the heating and crushing of limestone by the earth over millions of years. This process causes crystallization of the stone and many minerals absorb into it, enabling marble to achieve a highly reflective, polished finish.
We carry a range of marble in tile form suitable for floor or wall applications as well as slabs for vanities. Marble is also available in many mosaic patterns and designs.

Granite is an igneous stone which is derived from magma that is cooled beneath the earth’s surface. When minerals are added into the cooling stone it produces a wide array of colors and crystalline textures. Granites are usually medium to coarse grained, occasionally with some individual crystals larger than the groundmass forming a rock known as porphyry. Granites can be pink to dark gray or even black, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy. Granite is the hardest stone of my collection and used due to its ability to remain beautiful while enduring punishing use.

Travertine is a sedimentary rock that is derived from limestone that has been heated, crushed into marble, then broken up and pushed through the earth’s crust by water. The evaporation of the water at the surface leaves behind deposits of crystals in layers. When pure, travertine is white, but often is brown to yellow due to impurities. When carbon dioxide-rich water percolates through rocks in limestone areas, the water dissolves the limestone and becomes saturated with it. The resulting rock is typically quite porous with numerous cavities.

Travertine producing regions of the world include Italy. Travertine gets its name from Rome. town. Tivoli was known as Tibur in ancient Roman times. The ancient name for the stone was lapis tiburtinus meaning tibur stone, which has been corrupted to travertine.