Limestones Up Close

Limestones Up Close

A close-up view of some of our favorite limestones Limestones are interesting when viewed through a simple 10-power hand lens because they commonly contain fossil fragments.  The photos shown below were shot with good lighting and a macro camera lens; however, a...
Sandstones Up Close

Sandstones Up Close

You can tell a lot about a masonry stone by looking at it through a magnifying glass. A simple 10- or 15-power hand lens particularly reveals a lot with sandstones. The photos shown below were shot with good lighting and a macro camera lens; however, a similar view,...
Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Ceremonial Center of the Anasazi World The Anasazi From the 9th through 12th centuries, the enigmatic Anasazi people of the American southwest built the twelve “Great Houses” of Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico. Sandstone blocks, quarried from the...
Cortona Limestone

Cortona Limestone

One of our favorite stones, particularly for Mediterranean-style architecture, is  Cortona Limestone.  This buff- and gold-colored limestone re-creates the appearance of limestones quarried for centuries in Italy and France. In addition to having a beautiful color...
Quarrying Frontier Flagstone

Quarrying Frontier Flagstone

The Frontier Flagstone is quarried in the rolling plains of central Montana, near the town of Harlowton.  All stone quarries differ depending on the type of stone and the nature of the deposit, and the Frontier has some unique characteristics.  We customers visit the...
Quoins

Quoins

Quoins are large rectangular stones used as cornerstones in traditional stone buildings.  They provide structural support for buildings, particularly where rubble or fieldstone is used for the rest of the stonework. They also became an important aesthetic element in...