Flatwillow Fieldstone

Flatwillow Fieldstone

The high prairie north of the Little Belt Mountains in central Montana seems like an endless stretch of flat-topped benches separated by deep ravines called “coulees.” This is where we quarry Flatwillow Fieldstone, a Cretaceous sandstone eroded from the...
Cutting Frontier Cap

Cutting Frontier Cap

Frontier Sandstone wall cap is installed with both the top surface and edge(s) exposed. To look attractive, the cap thickness must be consistent through the length of the wall. This is more difficult with natural-cleft stone like Frontier where the slab thickness is...
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...
What Makes Red Sandstone Red?

What Makes Red Sandstone Red?

Red sandstones have been quarried as building stones for centuries on all continents except Antarctica. An example in the U.S. is the Smithsonian Castle (left), in Washington D.C., which was constructed from “Seneca Red” sandstone. In the mid-19th century, this...
Indiana Limestone Close Up

Indiana Limestone Close Up

I could never photograph stone up close and get a good result. Even with a macro lenses and good lighting, I couldn’t get the sharpness and depth of field that I wanted. Fortunately, there are much better photographer than me and I recently gave a set of stone samples...